Head for Points writes about the increase in price that British Airways is pushing through for buying the middle seat next to you.
Truth is, this is something I didn’t know, just how inexpensively BA offered this in the past.
You would pay the same fare for the empty seat as for the one you were occupying, minus taxes. For short haul intra-Europe tickets this could be $10 – $100, since the bulk of the cost of these tickets is often in fuel surcharges.
A few weeks ago British Airways changed the method they use to calculate the cost.
- They’ve set a minimum of £40 roundtrip on short haul flights and £300 roundtrip on long haul flights.
- They’re basing the price on the fare you paid, not the fare at time of request. So requesting a blocked middle seat close to departure won’t increase its price.
You’re still reliant on BA to actually administer the benefit properly, which Head for Points says has been a mixed bag in the past. But it’s good to have a clear policy and benefit here, and at a relatively reasonable price.
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