US optional services

As a full service airline your ticket price includes most things you'll need for your journey, but there are a few things that we charge extra for. Below gives you a summary of these optional services. 

Optional service charges on BA codeshare flights operated by other airlines may differ from British Airways’ charges. For details please visit the operating airline’s website.

Find out more about American Airlines' optional service charges.

Find out more about Iberia's optional service charges.

Extra bag prices for flights to and from London Heathrow

We have made some changes to our extra bag prices. The changes apply to hand baggage only (Basic) fares between London Heathrow and selected European destinations. Find out more.

Available optional services

Promotional upgrades

British Airways on occasion may offer promotional upgrades, either through Manage My Booking or on departure at the airport.

Should an upgrade promotion be available, the price offered will be between $79-$1299.

Charges and service fees

When you book, change, cancel or refund your ticket you may be charged a fee. This may also apply to redemption bookings.

Service fees for Executive Club members may differ.

View our service fees


Your free baggage allowance will depend on your ticket type and travel class, but you can also take extra baggage for a fee.

If your bag is larger or heavier than the free baggage allowance, you may also be charged extra.

View our baggage guide


You may choose your seat for free from 24 hours before your flight departs.

Alternatively, you can book your seat when you first make your booking for an extra fee. 

Read our seating guide for more details on applicable charges

Medical clearance

In many cases, you can fly with a medical condition, but sometimes you will need to gain medical clearance before you fly. If a medical escort or supplementary oxygen are required when travelling, there will be a charge. 

Read more about passenger medical clearance


Your pet must be booked as cargo and travel in the hold. The charges for transporting pets will vary based on the size of container needed, the weight of your pet and the distance travelled. Our charges will be quoted when you reconfirm your flights.

Read more detailed information about transporting animals