Friday 15th December 2017

New BA Credit Card Charges Coming On GDSS System Soon

UK’s flagship carrier British Airways has recently announced that it is to introduce a new booking fee on non-premium reservations. The raise is expected to be in effect from March 2011, however corporate and travel management companies (TMCs) face tough negotiations after the announcement of British Airways.

British Airways GDSS System

According to the reports released by British Airways, the airline is the levy a charge of 4.50 GBP on payments made from Credit cards and to be in effect from March 1, 2011. All non-premium bookings made with credit cards through intermediaries will be exempted from this new fee. The airline stated that it wants to bring “consistency” to its different fare distribution channels, as the fee already exists on reservations booked on line at British Airways official website.

British Airways spokeswoman told ABTN, that the decision to introduce the fee was made because the global distribution systems (GDSs) have started to offer the functionality for the charge to be made transparently. These GDSs systems (Galileo, Worldspan etc) are used by many travel agents to book airline tickets. Also these GDS are the back links for many companies offering online reservations.

Upper class reservations with British Airways in classes First, Club World, Club Europe and World Traveler Plus will not be required to pay the 4.50 GBP fee. Also another exemption will be for travelers using a Visa card, Visa Debit or Master Card.