Start your South Africa Journey with British Airways
With fantastic food, service and comfort onboard, who better to fly with than British Airways – the UK's national carrier? And thanks to its new route to Durban, home to the majestic KwaZulu-Natal region, you can get your holiday to South Africa off to the best possible start. Search for the Big Five, self-drive through dramatic mountains and past beautiful Indian Ocean beaches, and learn about rich Zulu history.
Call our Travel Experts now on 0800 587 0058 to find out more, or visit them in store to book.
Economy – World Traveller
British Airways has a modern fleet of A380, Dreamliner and 747/777 aircrafts for their services to the USA. Featuring a stylish interior, Economy cabins are fitted out with the latest slim-line seats with greater recline, larger personal video screens and in-seat power supply. Each seat also features an adjustable headrest and lumbar support. Pillows and blankets are provided at each seat.
Entertainment: Enjoy hundreds of entertainment options on British Airways’ High Life Entertainment System. Featuring movies, TV programmes, games, music and more, passengers will find hours of personal, on demand programming. Each seat back video screen is touch activated and easy to use and navigate. Headphones are provided.
Food and Beverage: A new, improved range of meal options onboard include pretzels with welcome drink, a four-course meal, a Magnum ice-cream service for day flights, a 'help yourself' tuck box for night flights, and a beverages and bar service - provided throughout your journey. Chat to your Travel Expert to find out more.
Premium Economy – World Traveller Plus
World Traveller Plus passengers will enjoy attentive service and greater personal space at a more affordable price than Club World. World Traveller Plus also offers wider seats than standard World Traveller/Economy Class and features more leg room. Situated in its own intimate cabin, World Traveller Plus passengers are treated to complimentary meal and bar service throughout the flight. Additionally, each seat has its own power supply to recharge laptops and other portable devices.
Entertainment: On demand programming is available throughout the flight on personal video screens that are up to 35% larger than screens offered before the recent cabin refurbishments. Noise-reducing headsets are also available and offer maximum listening enjoyment.
Food and Beverage: The World Traveller Plus three-course meals are offered with a complimentary bar and beverage service which comes with premium wines, beers and spirits. On most long haul flights, the main course is the same as business class offerings.
Club World perks include a spacious seating area that converts into a lie-flat bed. The perks however begin from the time you arrive at the airport. A dedicated check-in lane, priority boarding, and lounge access make for a relaxing journey through the airport. Personalised attention continues upon boarding with a welcome drink and luxury amenity kit. The comfortable arm chair reclines to a fully lie-flat bed and soft bedding and linens are made available.
Entertainment: Each seat is equipped with its own power supply for use of your portable devices such as laptops and tablets. Enjoy your own entertainment on these devices or settle in and watch the latest movies and TV programs on British Airways’ own High Life Entertainment System. Each seat is equipped with its own touch screen and comes with noise cancelling headsets.
Food and Beverage: Sumptuous menus with fresh seasonal ingredients make for a memorable dining experience, especially when enjoyed from your business class table. Club World settings include fresh table linens and meals are served on quality dish and glassware. In between the three course meals, tasty snacks are made available. As always a full bar and beverage service can be enjoyed throughout the flight.
Read our blog on what it's like to fly Business Class with British Airways
The most comfortable way to fly, First Class offers the finest in food, entertainment and service. For travellers departing from London Heathrow's Terminal 5, there's even an exclusive First Wing check-in area.
First Class is especially known for its private seating areas that feature cushy mattress beds with thick duvets. Pyjamas are also provided along with a luxury amenity kit with toiletry items, lotions and lip balms.Combine all this with five-star dining and attentive service both on the ground and in the air and the hours spent travelling will fly by.
Entertainment: Personal 15 inch screens with noise cancelling headphones combined with endless entertainment options will offer nonstop viewing and listening pleasure. USB and power ports are also available to plug in laptops and tablets.
Food and Beverage: It’s always a pleasure dining in first class. The fine dining experience is set off with lovely table settings complete with fine linens, crockery and glassware. Chef inspired menus offer a wide variety of international dishes that are individually prepared and served in courses. Dine when you like as well. The designated cabin staff will deliver your selections at the time of your choosing.
For more details on why we recommend flying premium with British Airways, see our First and Business Premium Airline Guide.
British Airways Baggage Allowance
British Airways features a generous carry-on policy. Each passenger is allowed one bag, plus a laptop or briefcase size bag with a total weight restriction of 23kg. The first bag must be within the dimensions of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. The second bag should be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you.
For easy access, place commonly used in-flight items in a smaller bag underneath the seat in front of you.
Checked baggage allowances vary depending on flight routing, cabin class and frequent flyer status. Check with your Flight Centre Airfare Expert in advance for specific baggage policies, but generally allowances are as follows:
- Economy Class / World Traveller – 1 bag with a maximum of 23kg each (2 bags when travelling to select destinations such as Brazil)
- World Traveller Plus – 2 bags with a maximum of 23kg each
- Club World and First Class – 2 bags with a maximum of 32kg each
Executive Club Gold and OneWorld Emerald members receive 1 additional 32kg bag. Executive Club Silver and One World Sapphire members receive two additional 32kg bags in any World Traveller, Euro Traveller or Domestic cabin.
Baggage allowances may differ on other airlines. Check beforehand if your itinerary includes travel on an alliance partner airline.
Many bulky items such as sporting equipment and musical instruments can be checked in as part of the passengers free baggage allowance. Musical instruments that fit within the carry-on size dimensions can be taken in the cabin. Your Flight Centre Travel Expert can help determine what items are permitted and what items will incur an additional charge.
Non-motorised bicycles are permitted only if packed in a protective case or bag. Pedals should be removed and tyres deflated.
An extra carry-on bag is permitted for infants but must fit within the specified dimensions. Car seats and prams can be checked in free of charge.
Infants are considered under the age of 2. Children ages 2 and older must have a seat purchased for them.
Restricted Dangerous or Goods
There are many liquids and materials that are banned from flying. Consult with your Flight Centre Airfare Expert on specific items that are banned. Flammable liquids, gases and materials such as matches are not allowed. Explosives, fireworks, poisons, fertilizers are also banned substances.
Equipment with petrol engines are sometimes allowed to fly if drained of fuel before hand. Always check with your Flight Centre consultant before departure on what is allowed on board.
Check-in at Your Leisure
There are various ways to check in for your flight on British Airways:
Online – Online check in is available from 24 hours before departure. You will just need to enter your reservation number before printing your boarding pass
Mobile – Check in using the British Airways phone app. Simply download your boarding pass and store it on your mobile
Airport Kiosk – Many airports offer the convenience of kiosks. The touch screens will guide you through the check in process before printing off your boarding pass. Once this is complete, just proceed to the bag drop-off point before heading to the gate.
Counter – Airport check-in counters for international flights usually open about 3 hours before departure. Bag drop off and travel document checks are quick and easy.
International Check-in Guide
- Know what time you need to leave the house to get to the airport
- Pack your things, check out our baggage guide
- Have your flight itinerary ready
- Ensure you have your valid passport ready
Be at the airport at least 120 minutes prior to scheduled departure time
At the airport
- Proceed to check-in counter with passport and itinerary ready
- Go through security
- Continue through customs
- Check the gate number and flight status
- Sit down and get comfy!
Britsh Airways Lounges
British Airways offers 60 of its own lounges along with an additional 90 partner lounges around the world. Lounge access is available to those flying in Business and First Class as well as Silver and Gold members of British Airways Executive Club. OneWorld alliance members with Emerald and Sapphire status may also use the lounges.
From London Heathrow, British Airways has Galleries Lounges at Terminals 1, 3 and 5. From Terminal 5, British Airways has a Galleries First Lounge, a Galleries Club Lounge, a Galleries Arrivals Lounge, and a Galleries Lounge in Terminal 5A, and 5B.
Lounges offer a comfortable retreat from the busy terminal areas and are quiet places to relax with a beverage and light meal. Some lounges even offer shower facilities, cinema and private hotel-style rooms.
British Airways Loyalty Program
British Airways is a member of the oneworld Alliance and frequent flyer points can be earned and redeemed on these partner carriers. OneWorld members include Qantas Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, JAL, Malaysia Airways, Finnair, LAN and others.
Executive Club is British Airways’ own frequent flyer program. Status levels include Blue and Bronze and elite levels Silver and Gold.