‘London for Free’ Offers Significant Savings

Plus Two Free Nights in London

NEW YORK, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — British Airways launches “London for Free” today, reprising one of British Airways’ most popular promotions in North America. ‘London for Free’ offers travellers two nights’ free hotel accommodation in central London when purchasing round-trip airfares between North America and Europe.

The $250 rate is available for sale through midnight (EST) Thursday, February 3, for travel through March 13, 2005, while the ‘London For Free’ package is valid for travel through Oct. 27 at slightly higher shoulder or high-season rates.

The two free hotel nights (which include continental breakfast daily as well as all service charges and taxes) are available at a selection of three and four star hotels. Low season round-trip fares to London start at just $250 from New York’s JFK or Newark Airports for travel from Feb. 1, 2005, to March 13, 2005.

“This promotion offers travellers the perfect way to overcome challenging exchange rates by providing two free nights in hand-picked central London hotels,” said Elizabeth Weisser, Vice President Marketing North America for British Airways. “For those planning a trip to London early in the New Year, ‘London for Free’ delivers significant savings on the overall cost of their vacation. Two free hotel nights represent a saving of up to $400 for two people. This is money that could be put towards a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner cruise on the River Thames, an evening with friends at a West End theater or a top notch meal at one of London’s top restaurants. British Airways is making it wonderfully easy to spend less and enjoy more of London.”

Comparable airfares are available from all 22 British Airways North American gateways to London. Sample round-trip fares to London from cites outside New York during the low season are $310 from Baltimore and Washington, $340 from Chicago, $380 from Dallas, $420 from Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix and San Francisco and $470 from Seattle.

Passengers also may upgrade to the premier economy World Traveller Plus cabin for an additional charge in each direction. From the New York area, the extra charge is $225 one-way; comparable add-ons apply from other North American gateways. World Traveller Plus offers seven inches of extra legroom and a wider, more comfortable seat in a separate cabin aboard longhaul wide- body B747 and B777 aircraft.

Centrally located London hotels participating in “London For Free” include the Royal National, Corus Hyde Park, Jury’s Inn Chelsea, Gresham Hyde Park, Comfort Inn Kensington, Marriott Maida Vale, Kensington Close and Central Park. The two free hotel nights are based on double occupancy; single occupants are offered one free hotel night.

Economy seats sale fares are based on mid-week travel, Monday-Wednesday. Weekend travel, Thursday-Sunday is available with an additional $30 surcharge each way.

Tickets must be purchased seven days in advance of departure; minimum stay is one Saturday night and all travel must be completed by Oct. 27, 2005. Free

hotel nights must be booked eight days in advance of arrival, and must be taken on consecutive nights in the same hotel.

Fares are subject to availability and do not include government taxes and fees of approximately $110 for World Traveller and $149 for World Traveller Plus, plus a $2.50 Sept. 11 Security Fee.

Further information on the wide choice of flights from British Airways’ 22 North American gateways, European destinations and choice of hotel may be obtained from local area travel agents, by calling the airline toll-free at 1877 428-2228 or by visiting the airline’s website at ba.com. Travel agents also may refer and/or book through http://www.batraveltrade.com/.

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