British Airways Will Start Charging for Water in January, Buy Avios Less than 1 Cent Apiece

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  1. AA should eliminate complimentary onboard food/alcoholic beverage for OW Emeralds on domestic flights and to make it clear it is because of BA – implement the change on the same date BA is implementing their change.

  2. This reminds me of another reason why I am done with loyalty to AA/BA. Last month passed through LHR twice. First time, try to enter BA Galleries First with my AA EXP card and the desk agent says I cannot go in, need to go to Galleries Club.

    I say, “I thought AA EXP can use the First lounge”


    So I try a third approach, “One World Emeralds can use the First lounge right?”


    “Isn’t AA EXP One World Emerald?”

    “oh yes, I guess you are right”, so I am granted access.

    Then on the return trip a week later, same three step negotiation but this time when I point out that AA EXP is OneWorld Emerald, desk agent sticks with “no, you can use the Galleries Club though.” I gave up and went upstairs. It’s kind of humiliating to be standing in front of other passengers looking like you are trying to scam your way into a lounge when in reality you are simply trying to use the benefits that were told would come with 80,000+ BIS miles on AA/BA. Not much point in loyalty if you have to be belligerent in order to use the benefits.

  3. Why does anyone fly BA TATL? Is it the lousy food, snooty service, the marginal seats or re-living the early 20th century immigration experience by transiting LHR? Wait-maybe the big fees help with minimum spend!

  4. BA charging for water? Seriously? Honestly, I can’t believe that. Water is essential on a flight; you need to be hydrated. EXCUSE ME!!!

  5. Just watch. AA will now start charging for beverages, including water. Water should ALWAYS be free and available, it is a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT. Next thing you know, AA/BA will start charging for using the bathroom.

  6. @brad: ” Next thing you know, AA/BA will start charging for using the bathroom.”

    Don’t give them any ideas. 🙂

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