Posted November 16th, 2016, 12:32 PM
Last edited by Corfe Mixture; November 16th, 2016 at 12:38 PM
I have a BA flight booked in September. I was able to choose my seats in the world traveler plus cabin on the BA site with no extra charge.
Guess there are different rules for non-UK bookings.
Unless we are at Silver /Gold level in the BA Executive Club we have to pay around $80 per sector (and $100 upper deck on a 747) to reserve business class
seats on BA flights operated by BA aircraft, though we do not have to pay if we are on a BA flight operated by AA.
World Traveller plus and World Traveller seat selection is less costly.
Emergency Exit row (extra legroom) seats (they only exist in WT) attract a premium but do not appear as available to anyone other than BA Executive Club Gold until 14 days (to the second) before scheduled departure time.
I was formerly a, UK based, VP of a US company and responsible for its UK operations and we probably had two or three members of staff crossing the Atlantic every week.
What was very interesting was that our US operations had a deal with BA whereby my fellow VP's (all US citizens) were classed as CIP's with BA and were always upgraded, but couldn't get a similar deal with American. As a result, all the US based staff used BA.
On the other hand our UK operations had a deal with American whereby we got volume related discounts for all our bookings on American whilst I had a personal CIP (automatic upgrade) deal. As a result the UK based staff always flew American.
So it does not surprise me at all that US citizens get free seat selection on BA when we do not and I emphasise that I am not disputing anything anyone from the US has said.
I am simply warning folks to be aware that the rules may not be consistent across the two countries and you may need to consider where the contributor lives when reading contributions to this tread.