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British Airway lounges gain free Wi-Fi

British Airways from 1st April 2008 is offering free access to Openzone hot spots in its 25 UK lounges, the deal with Openzone is for a three year period according to Silicon.com.

Of course not all us have access to the various lounges which are usually reserved for business class ticket holders or those on the upper tiers of frequent flyer schemes. Not all is lost for those stuck in terminal buildings as you can usually get free access to BBC content via The Cloud hotspots.

A list of the BA and partner lounges around the world and which ones provide Openzone access can found buried away on the BA website.

Comments

Great for when your flight is delayed..... opps damn i checked the luggage and laptop in already... not so great ;)

  • CARPETBURN
  • over 9 years ago

Carpet - you trust your laptop in the hold??? Surely you take it on as hand luggage.

  • ian72
  • over 9 years ago

ROFL ROFL your gonna have a NICE new jigsaw puzzle soon!!! Or if you are lucky, a nice new doorstop!... ROFLMAO :D :D

  • comnut
  • over 9 years ago

For the price you pay, or rewards you have to earn to get in there, I would very much expect this to be provided anyway.
All the American Airways and, in fact, every non-BA airport lounge I have been in already provided free WiFi.

  • du02
  • over 9 years ago

When National Express took over the franchise to run trains from London King's Cross to Scotland along the East coast Main Line last Autumn, they introduced free Wi-Fi access for Standard-Class passengers. Previously it was complimentary only in First class. However, once you were away from major urban areas the service slowed to a crawl. The trick used to be to buy the cheapest Standard Class ticket possible, take a leisurely meal in the (First class) Restaurant Car, and plug the laptop into a powerpoint there whilst lingering over the complimentary coffee .....

  • SimonKemp
  • over 9 years ago

Checked luggage in to a BA flight? You can't have been flying from Terminal 5 then.

  • jrawle
  • over 9 years ago

after all the disruption at T5, surely it should be a question of Wi-Fly?!

... i will get my coat

  • wispy
  • over 9 years ago

I wondered when the terminal 5 jokes would come LOL
Oh and yes ive checked a laptop in as luggage before and never had any issues... Mind you the case i have for it is a tough aluminium locking case with internal padding and not a cheap fabric zipped POS most buy nowadays and what the few laughing probably own (cheap skates ;) ).
There is also the issue of who you are flying with and airport that affects how baggage is handled.

  • CARPETBURN
  • over 9 years ago

But of course it can't be expected to work in T5

  • 6625
  • over 9 years ago

BA web site still shows BTOpenZone pricing:
http://www.britishairways.com/travel/btopenzone/public/en_gb
No reference to free WiFi. Will be in the lounge in LHR T4 later this week so will try it out.....just glad I'm not going via T5 - that's next week!

  • tahirs
  • over 9 years ago

The Silicon.com artical clearly states the service will go live on 1 April. In any case, BT Total broadband subscribers have long had free (time-limited)access to BT Openzone, anyway - so no change there.

  • malc150
  • over 9 years ago

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