A new British Airways check-in service launches later this month which will allow those living within the M25 to check-in their bags at home. No more wrestling with heavy cases, waiting at bag drop or turning up at the airport two hours in advance.
This service will take one of the key hassles out of your travels, making it easier to travel to the airport by public transport.
The British Airways check-in service
Only passengers within the M25 are eligible and they must be flying from Gatwick, Heathrow or City airport. That rules me out then!
To book, at least seven hours before departure, you log on to the AirPortr app and pay a fee of between £20 and £40. This will secure your collection time, and an AirPortr team will arrive at your home address during the allotted time window. They will weigh your bags, attach a tracking bar code, pop them in an “anti-tamper” bag before taking it to the airport for the required time.
The whole process is estimated to take no more than five minutes and is a very positive development. They just need to extend this service to regional airports and I will be a very happy bunny.
Please note the rates quoted are one way but discounts apply for return journeys and when more than one bag is to be picked up.
At the airport
At the airport, staff removed the luggage from the bags, scan them and load them onto the aircraft. Meanwhile you can be at home enjoying a cup of tea or still cramming in some last-minute sightseeing in London.
You will retrieve your bag as usual from the luggage carousel when you arrive at your end destination.
What about other airlines?
You can also use Airportr with other airlines although you will need to collect your bags from the Airportr desk within the airport. If you go ahead and sign up, use the code ASLATER-BROOKS1 to secure £10 off your first booking,
A welcome development
I personally think this is a very welcome development. I have too many memories of dragging cases on to the tube or carousel to want to remember. On the other hand, I remember fondly the Virgin Atlantic check-in at our hotel in Grenada. It meant so much less hassle at the airport.
What do you think?
Would you use this British Airways check-in service? Be happy to pay to check-in remotely or be too worried about where your bags might end up? Let me know below.