Kiwi Flyer said:The strict limit on 23kg per piece (not even having the option to pay to carry more) is NOT an improvement on current checked luggage rules. With the current restrictions on carry ons, pax have to check in more than previously. Some UK airports (LHR and LGW are apparently the worst) are failing to cope with the increased checked baggage. Therefore it stands to reason, that in the (hopefully unlikely) event carry on restrictions are still significant come October that BA will not be able to impose stricter check luggage rules as they intend, at least without even further backlash from travelling public.
The current allowances on non piece based routes are 23Kg for economy / World Traveller Plus , 30Kg for business and 40Kg for 1st
The new allowance is
1PC WT = max 23Kg => no change other than the piece count
2PC WT+/J/F => max 46Kg , improvement of 23Kg/16Kg/6Kg for W/J/F respecitively
Hmm... Cannot see how it is not an improvement for the current majority of routes operating a weight based system
The statement that there is no option to pay to take more is false. Additional pieces can be taken (GBP120 on a longhaul route / GBP96 if paid in advance ) at a much lower rate than current excess rates ime
BA do seem to be going to clamp down on allowances, but that I cannot see anything to complain about; the ticketed limits have been there and on small excesses often waived , but that has never been a published benefit and , I speculate, would have been clamped down on even without the move to piece system
There is a loss when travelling transatlantic on BA with a 23Kg vs 32Kg piece limit, but that in itself is not a surprising change given that the main alliance member in the US already has such a limit.
For those travelling BA from Australia on weight allowances, I cannot see how they are any worse off, though in many cases are better off