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British Airways Flights to Florida

British Airways Boeing 777 under thundery skies
British Airways Boeing 777 under thundery skies

British Airways are currently offering around 40 direct flights to Florida each week from the UK into Orlando, Miami, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.

Note that is always possible to fly into a number of Florida airports via British Airways code-share partner, American Airlines, routing via one of their North American hubs such as New York or Chicago.

Don’t forget you can take a British Airways regional flight from other parts of the UK to London Heathrow or Gatwick to make your connection to Florida

Remember that all return flights from Florida to the UK fly overnight so you arrive in the UK on the following day.

The current flight schedule from the UK to Florida offers:

  • London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Orlando International Airport (MCO); 2 flights a day (most days)

  • London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Tampa International Airport (TPA); 1 flight a day

  • London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Miami International Airport (MIA); 2 flights a day

  • London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL); 4 flights a week

All flights are normally operated using Boeing 777 aircraft with Boeing 747s on the Miami route. At certain times of year, British Airways use Airbus A380s on the Miami route.

British Airways Seat Classes

British Airways offers four seat classes, Economy (World Traveler), Premium Economy (World Traveler Plus), Business (Club World) and First Class though all classes might not be available on every flight.

It has introduced two levels of Economy fare, Basis and Standard. All economy passengers share the same cabin, seating and inflight entertainment; the main differences are in luggage allowances and check-in.

  • Basic Economy — no free checked bags, you have to pay to choose your seat and you are last to board. Executive Club members can select a seat for free, subject to time constraints

  • Standard Economy — one checked bag, free seat selection (24 hours before departure) and normal boarding

  • Premium Economy — better inflight service than standard economy with wider seats and more legroom. Meals are served with real crockery, cutlery and table linen plus priority boarding ahead of economy

  • Business — large seat that converts into a fully flat bed, access to private airport lounges and luxury spa treatments, dedicated check-in desks and priority boarding

  • First Class — a spacious suite that converts into a fully flat bed, access to private airport lounges and luxury spa treatments, dedicated check-in desks and priority boarding

British Airways Baggage Allowances

All passengers are subject to weight and size limits on their checked bags and hand luggage.

  • Checked luggage can be up to 90 x 75 x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins) in size and up to 23kg (50lb) in weight; 32kg (70lb) for Business and First Class

  • Hand baggage can be up to 25 x 30 x 40cm (6 x 12 x 16 inches) in size and up to 23kg (50lb) in weight (16kg for Upper Class)

Free baggage allowances by class are as follows:

  • Basic Economy — one item of hand baggage only (no checked baggage) but you can pay for additional baggage

  • Standard Economy — one item of hand baggage plus one checked bag

  • Premium Economy — one item of hand baggage plus two checked bags

  • Business — one item of hand baggage plus two checked bags

  • First Class — one item of hand baggage plus three checked bags

Babies and toddlers under the age of 2 are allowed one item of hand baggage up to 23kg (50lb). Children 2 years and up have the same allowances as adults. Parents are also allowed a fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and a car seat as part of their check-in allowance.

If you are a Silver or Gold Executive Club member you are entitled to extra allowances.

All passengers are also allowed one additional item of cabin baggage; e.g. a handbag, small backpack/rucksack, pocketbook or purse.

The allowances on domestic UK flights are only one bag unless you are making an ongoing British Airways international connection in which case the long haul allowance prevails.

TSA Pre-Check

British Airways finally became a member of the TSA Pre-Check programme in 2018. This means when you check-in for your return flight to the UK, you may be given Pre-Check status which means you go through a smaller line at the airport security gates (just look out for Pre-Check lanes), do not have to take your shoes off or remove laptops and liquids etc. from your carry-on luggage.

Members of the US Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check programmes are automatically given TSA Pre-Check when flying on TSA Pre-Check carriers.

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