Website security

Your online security is very important to us. We're constantly enhancing our security, and will continue to update you on any changes.

Read our security essentials

There are some really simple things you can do to ensure your details are safe and secure online. Take a look through our easy tips to ensure you are using safely and securely.

  • Think of passwords as keys. Use a different one for each account, as if it is stolen it can be used to take over all your accounts.
  • Make it strong by using a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. The longer it is, the better.
  • Avoid using personal information, dictionary words and consecutive numbers as these can be guessed.
  • Consider using a passphrase. For example, choose a song or phrase and take the first letter of each word, substitute in numbers and special characters. e.g. Tx2l*hIwwUR (decrypts as "twinkle twinkle little star how I wonder what you are").
collapsedshowPhishing emails

There is an internet fraud practice known as 'phishing' which is the illegal gathering of personal information by deception. Fraudsters pose as a trusted source (like your bank), and try to get you to divulge your personal details.

  • Don’t click on any links or attachments, and check the sender's address.
  • Report a phishing email that appears to be from British Airways by sending it to
  • Look for ‘https’ at the start of the web address (the ‘s’ stands for secure).
  • Check that a padlock is displayed when entering personal or financial information.
  • A green bar may also appear which means that the website has a valid security certificate.
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  • Ensure you have anti-virus protection installed, and that it is up to date.
  • Keep your operating system and software up to date as these protect against the latest security threats.
  • Protect your computer with a password and keep the password secret.

If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

  • Scams come in many guises; be it social media, email, phone calls, etc.
  • Be suspicious if you are offered a deal, service or prize, especially if you are required to make a payment or provide personal details.
  • Often the deals are only available for limited time periods, forcing you to make an instant decision.
collapsedshowWi-Fi hotspots

Wi-Fi hotspots in public places are convenient but are often not secure.

  • Many hotspots do not encrypt information sent over the Wi-Fi network and might be accessed by someone else.
  • Don’t log in to personal or financial accounts when using public wireless networks.
  • Don’t log on to sites that don’t seem legitimate. Always ensure the site is fully encrypted.
  • When you have finished using an account, remember to log out.
collapsedshowMobile devices

Mobile devices are essentially small computers.

  • Install anti-virus software to protect from 'malware' (malicious software).
  • Protect your mobile with a password or PIN.
  • Keep your apps up to date.
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Treat your personal information like cash.

  • Don’t hand personal information out to just anyone.
  • Only provide this information over encrypted websites (look for 'https' at the beginning of the web address).
  • Use password protection for securing personal data.
  • Protect your passwords. Keep them secure and out of plain sight.
  • Do not use the same password for multiple accounts, as if it is stolen it can be used to take over all your accounts.

Booking online with British Airways is quick, easy, convenient and safe

British Airways makes every effort to maintain customer confidentiality when securing an online payment. This includes ensuring the security of your credit card details and other personal information.
collapsedshowHow we secure your payment information when you book online
  • When you buy a British Airways ticket over the Internet, your web browser connects with the website through an SSL ("Secure Sockets Layer").  SSL is an industry-standard protocol for encryption over the Internet.
  • All of your personal information is encrypted as it travels over the Internet, to and from When information is encrypted, it is scrambled between your computer and our server. The information is only unscrambled when it safely reaches us. It's fast and safe, and it ensures that your personal information cannot be read by anyone else.
  • However, as with any standard email, emails containing your personal data sent to or from British Airways will travel in a non-encrypted format.
Once you have made a booking

As you make a booking we need to capture your personal details to go into the booking. At this point the information is encrypted. You can tell this is happening as browsers will display a key or padlock at the bottom left corner of the screen.

Completing the transaction

When you send your personal details to us, none of the information is stored on the website, it is passed straight back to our secure servers at our Heathrow headquarters, where it only exists as part of the record of your transaction.

Security messages

If you see a security message during the booking process, it is simply informing you that you are entering a secure area of the site. You will also see this message when you are severing the connection with our secure server, and moving into an open, public area of the site. At this point all of your personal information has been deleted, whether or not you actually completed a purchase. Your browser can be configured to display this message or not, as you choose.

Your personal information

British Airways considers your privacy to be of the utmost importance, and we are governed by the UK Data Protection Act 1998. If you are concerned with how we might collect and use information about you, you can find a complete explanation in our Privacy Policy.


View the Privacy Policy

collapsedshowUsing Manage My Booking to securely service your booking

British Airways makes every effort to ensure only authorized access is made to your booking when using Manage My Booking. This includes applying different levels of authentication depending on who you are and which services are being used.

If you are not a member of the Executive Club or you are a member but you are not logged into your account, then you will need to provide your booking reference and your surname to view your itinerary, add and change seat and special meal requests, add your Advance Passenger Information (API) or email your itinerary to a friend.

You will need to provide additional information to view details of any special meal previously requested, view or change your API or to print or email your e-ticket receipt. We will not ask for new information as part of this process; it will already have been provided by whoever made your booking at that time or by you when updating your booking. The information which may be requested includes your passport number and associated travel details, or all or part of the credit or debit card number of the card used to make your booking. If any of this information is not attached to your booking, then these second level authenticated services will not be used.

If you are a member of the Executive Club and you are logged into your account, we will recognise the bookings which you have associated to you through your account. We will only request additional information from you (as described above) to view or change another person’s API (on the same booking as yourself), or to print or email your e-ticket receipt.

Note: This information reflects our current security policy. If there are any changes in industry standards, the law or our procedures, the information in these pages will be updated.

collapsedshowImportant notice about internet fraud

For your protection please be aware of the following facts:

  • You will only be asked for your card payment details if you wish to change or refund your booking on We require this information specifically to debit or credit your card in relation to your booking.
  • Legitimate emails from British Airways will contain your booking reference and the email will not have been sent from a web-based mail server such as gmail, hotmail or yahoo.
  • British Airways will never request money payments through a third party, such as Western Union.

If you have reason to suspect an email claiming to be from British Airways is fraudulent, please forward it to so we can investigate its authenticity and take appropriate action. Please note that we cannot enter into correspondence over emails sent to this address, therefore you will not receive a reply.

Last updated: March 2016
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