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Binman62
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TEMBO one. It is certainly preferable to the insidious fuel surcharges so prevalent nowadays……………I would agree but the BA charge of £60 per seat per sector is on top of their insidious fuel surcharge, it is not replacing it. It takes the taxes fees and charges for a WT+ or Club World Return Transatlantic to around £400 per pax. This on top of an eye watering £4307 fare in Club to Toronto. Yes it is optional, but if you have shelled out almost £9000 for two people, it is not unreasonable to think you might actually sit together for the 6 hours without having to pay for a further £120 each way to so do.

As for the policy you will find full details of the if you follow this link.

http://www.britishairways.com/travel/paid-seating/public/en_gb

It shows that Gold/Silver and First and anyone on a full fare in any cabin is not affected. Neither are passengers with infants and those with additional needs. 3 days out BA will pre seat families with kids (2-11 years) so they will not have to pay to sit together and neither will groups. In short very few passengers will have to pay which makes you wonder why BA has again shot themselves in the foot. The publicity is terrible, resulting in forums like this across the internet being 100% against the move. What BA needs more than anything is some decent public relations staff as well as a trained counsellor to take the gun out of their hands?

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