Cookies

Use of cookies by British Airways

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit or certain emails you open. They are widely used in order to make websites work, as well as to provide business and marketing information to the owners of the site.

British Airways uses cookies on ba.com for the following purposes:

Technical

Cookies are used for technical reasons to enable the efficient working of ba.com. For example, to:

  • balance website traffic to ensure our customers receive a consistent and reliable service.
  • limit traffic to key parts of the website in order to maintain performance levels.
  • store customers’ acceptance of the website terms and conditions, without which access is not granted to ba.com.

Ease of use

Cookies are used to enhance the ease of use of ba.com for customers. For example, to:

  • remember customers’ country of choice and presenting relevant content.
  • keep track of customers’ Executive Club number when they have logged in.
  • remember the selected departure airport when booking a flight.

Tracking

Cookies are used to gather statistics on how customers use the site. For example, to:

  • gather feedback on customer satisfaction through our website survey.
  • gain insight into how customers use the website so that we can make improvements to its usability..

Marketing

Cookies are used to enable us to present appropriate messages to our customers. For example, to:

  • allow ba.com to serve up different versions of a page for marketing purposes.
  • control invitations on ba.com for instant credit card offers.
  • allow third parties to display appropriate advertising and to track its effectiveness.
  • display messages which offer a selection of products based on what you're viewing on ba.com, which are presented to you by our agency when you visit other selected websites.

You can choose to opt out of this type of advertising permanently by going to http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices

Please note though, that if you delete your cookies too, we'll no longer know that you've opted out, so the banners from our third-party will reappear when you visit other selected websites.

More information about cookies

Use of cookies by British Airways

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The table below details the most frequently used cookies on ba.com and explains their use.

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 Cookie name Purpose
 BA_COUNTRY_CHOICE_COOKIE  Keeps track of your choice of country and avoids this choice being repeated.
 BA_LANGUAGE_CHOICE_COOKIE  Keeps track of your choice of language and avoids this choice being repeated.
 Apache  A “technical” cookie used to control use of BA infrastructure.
BASessionA BASessionB RTADA RTADB BADPSessionA BADPSessionB  A “technical” cookie that expires at the end of a session on the website. Identifies the session in use by your PC. Required to make the site work.
BIGipServerba.com-port80 BIGipServerba.com-port81 BIGipServerdp-live.baplc.com-port80 BIGipServerdp-live.baplc.com-port81 BIGipServercaptwo.ba.com-80 BIGipServercaptwo.ba.com-81 BIGipServersolr-live.baplc.com-80 Used to balance the load on BA's web site infrastructure. Expires at the end of your session.
previousCountryInfo Keeps track of your previous choice of country.
BA_LOGON_PERSIST_COOKIE Used to track if you are logged into the Executive Club on ba.com.
HOME_AD_DISPLAY Temporary cookie which expires at the end of a session on ba.com. Tracks interest in homepage advertising.
NFS_BETA Used by our main flight selection application to determine if a customer has used a previous test version. Expires after 6 months.
NFSCA_BETA Used by our main flight selection application to determine if a customer has used a previous test version. Expires after 6 months.
BA_INSTANT_CREDIT_COOKIE Used to track interest in BA/3rd party products.
BA_SHORTLIST_COOKIE Used to construct shortlist of countries for BA's "Tripseeker" tool for researching holidays.
FS_DEPT_COUNTRY

Enables your browser to "remember" country of selected departure.

FS_DEPT_AIRPORT Enables your browser to "remember" airport of selected departure.
depDate Enables your browser to "remember" requested departure date.
retDate Enables your browser to "remember" requested return date.
numberOfNights Enables your browser to "remember" the number of nights selected for a hotel request.
BA_ENROLMENT_APPLICATION_COOKIE Used to indicate whether you enrolled in the Executive Club.
sifrFetch Used to indicate that you have downloaded annual accounts.
comparePackage0 Used to control the facility to compare flight & hotel packages
comparePackage1 Used to control the facility to compare flight & hotel packages
comparePackage2 Used to control the facility to compare flight & hotel packages

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Used to collect information about how visitors use ba.com. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where vistors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

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Used to collect information about how visitors use ba.com. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

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Used by BA to trial new features and services on ba.com.
v1st Used to collect information about how visitors use ba.com. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where vistors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
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BBC-UID
Used to present appropriate content to customers who have visited ba.com
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Used to track effectiveness of advertising
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Used to display relevant advertising