A Quick Baggage Allowance Question

Old Jan 12, 20, 5:06 am
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A Quick Baggage Allowance Question

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I'm getting conflicting information, so can you advise. We are flying NTE-MAD-ALC this week. We have booked a basic fare A1IBB4 which normally means that you have to pay for hold luggage. We are flying with IB Express to MAD and Air Nostrum to ALC. Both HI and I are Gold and this has reflected in Seat Allocation which we would not normally receive. I read that we might be allowed to check a Bag for free as we are OW Emerald. Is this correct or not?

Many Thanks - and if this is covered elsewhere - forgive me. I cannot stop I have guests coming and to ask this I have left HI peeling Prawns for the Risotto and the Lord alone knows what I will have left to try and cook.

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Old Jan 12, 20, 5:41 am
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Hi PUCCI

Now my understanding of this is, oneworld Emeralds received certain benefits when travelling on Basic fares but the precise benefits vary depending on which programme they belong to. As BA Executive Goldies, we receive the seating benefit but donít get the free item of checked luggage.

Emeralds belonging to IB Plus do get a free checked bag and also benefit from free seating.
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Old Jan 12, 20, 6:49 am
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No, BA Golds do get extra bag. In fact all Emeralds and Sapphires get an extra bag (but the latter only when the regular allowance is 0 or 1). The only case where you need to be IB+ to get an extra bag is for Rubies (or if we are talking about musical instruments or sporting equipment).

The overweight fee is also waived for BA and AA Emeralds, so these bags can be up to 32 kg.

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Old Jan 12, 20, 6:51 am
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Unless something has changed and I missed it, BA Silvers and Golds receive a free checked bag when booking a IB Basic fare. I suppose I'll find out in a couple of days, as I specifically booked IB to get the free checked bag.

However, if you've booked IB Express under an I2 code instead of IB you may not receive any OW benefits.
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Old Jan 12, 20, 7:21 am
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I was reading a chart and interpreted the rules incorrectly. PUCCI, I cannot apologise more profusely
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Can confirm I've got an extra bag, even on SH fares.
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Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
I was reading a chart and interpreted the rules incorrectly. PUCCI, I cannot apologise more profusely
Darling I cannot forgive as there’s nothing to forgive. I was uncertain quite what it all meant and you’ve all answered it

I get to check a bag and not pay for it. Good.

Thanks to you all for taking time on a Sunday to help me. BTW the Risotto was a thwacking success.
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So just to be clear (as I think I have the same issue) if a BAEC Silver buying a hand baggage only fare (lHR-MAD-HAV) one can actually check a bag in the hold for free?

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Old Jan 14, 20, 11:29 am
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If it's IB operated, yes.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 11:30 am
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Yes if all flights are IB. You may have problems if the LHR-MAD flight is on BA. In principle, the extra baggage allowance due to status does not apply to non-IB group flights.
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One other question. If there are two pax on the booking made by the silver card holder but the other pax is not silver does that mean both can have one hold bag on the flight or only the silver cardholder
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Only the card holder.
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Thanks for clarifying!
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Old Jan 14, 20, 1:49 pm
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Just to report back - we got to Nantes and because the flight was full all passengers had received an email saying that they could check bags for free. So we never had to test this - but thank you all.

On a separate note - that T4 is vast - we arrived at K66 and left again from K71. As we had a 45 minute turn around., we missed the Lounge which was down the other end of the Terminal. I wasn't that bothered as I was unimpressed the last time that I was in there in late December.

I far prefer Air Nostrum to IB Express.
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Old Jan 15, 20, 2:37 am
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Good Morning Pucci,

I think if I were you, next time, I'd go down to Waitrose for ready peeled prawns. Best Wishes for 2020. Mike.
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