British Airways

launches new trade-exclusive flexible fares

British Airways have introduced two new fare brands, Select and Select Pro, in response the current challenging environment business travellers find themselves in. Having recognised the importance of allowing our clients the flexibility and peace of mind when booking, British Airways were delighted to announce the launch of the fares from the 24th February 2021.

Both Select and Select Pro are refundable fares, which will allow our clients the flexibility to cancel a flight and claim a full or partial refund should your travel plans change. In addition, there will also be no change fee payable for Select and Select Pro bookings. This means there is no fee charged for any change in your travel plans. However, the fares cost from £50 extra on a short-haul return ticket and from £100 more on a long-haul return ticket in comparison with BA’s Standard/Plus fares and there is a fee is on Select fares if cancelled. 

The Select and Select Pro fares are available to book now, exclusively via the GDS or NDC, which means Gray Dawes Travel clients can access the new fares today, directly via our online booking tool, YourTrip. These fares are exclusively available to TMCs, therefore cannot be booked via normal consumer facing channels. They will sit alongside the current Basic, Standard/Plus and Fully Flexible fares, and will enhance the suite of fare options available to suit your different budgets and flexibility needs.

Mark Muren, head of British Airways Global Sales, said: “We have launched these fares in response to the challenging environment we find ourselves in.

We recognise that our trade partners want flexibility when they book with us, and we hope that today’s launch gives them even more options to achieve this, with the choice to refund a ticket should their customers’ plans change.”

BA Boeing 747 fleet

Available for both long-haul and short-haul bookings, these fares are being launched in alignment with British Airways’ Atlantic Joint Business partners American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair for transatlantic routes, allowing you to book on these carriers too.

This is just the most recent measure from British Airways to build traveller confidence, having recently announced their partnership with household cleaning brand Dettol. The partnership is part of their ongoing commitment to help keep travellers safe while they’re on the go. You can find out more here.

To help you navigate the changes of business travel, we’ve created the brand-new Traveller Toolkit. This invaluable online resource is packed full of easy-to-use guides and checklists for every stage of every journey. We detail exactly what you need to know and do before, during and after your trip.

You’ll also find innovative and interactive virtual trips, which walk you through each step of  being at the airport, on the train and in the hotel. You can even check the travel restrictions and health status of your destination with our comprehensive COVID-19 Country Tracker, updated five times daily to ensure you have the very latest information to help keep you and your travellers safe.

Travel is changing. But with common sense and a good TMC behind you, travellers should have the confidence to once again take to the skies. It’ll soon be business as (un)usual.