About British Airways (BA)
The flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom, British Airways (BA), is the second largest airline in the U.K, with its main hub at London Heathrow Airport. The airline is part of the world's third-largest airline group, International Airlines Group (IAG), and a founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance. British Airways operates domestic, regional, and international flights to more than 160 destinations, and one of the few airlines flying to all six populated continents.
In tandem with codeshare agreements, joint ventures, and its own franchise and subsidiary fleets, British Airways accommodates 45 million passengers per year, with a wide array of flights to top tourist destinations such as Paris, New York, and Rome. Although domestic and regional destinations are the carrier’s bread and butter, flights from London-Heathrow to Ibiza, Palma, and Venice are among the most popular routes. The airline is also one of the top carriers for seasonal flights to the Greek Isles, Cyprus, and Turkey. From Iceland to Israel, Jersey to Jordan, USA to Australia, British Airways earns its national carrier stripes as one of the most recognizable and versatile airlines in the skies.
Choosing your car
Getting a cheap car rental is far more likely when you pair an American Airlines flight with a vehicle from Avis, National, Hertz, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, or Sixt. And we can help you get an even better deal on minicars, compact and economy sedans, SUVs, premium and luxury fullsized sedans, estate wagons, 7-12 seater minivans, and even specialized vehicles such as convertibles, pick-up trucks, and cargo vans.
Tips for British Airways Passengers Renting Cars
Last-minute travel often means paying higher fares at the ticket counter, and ostensibly, the car rental kiosk. Book in advance to score the best fares and top car hire deals.
Your credit card and/or personal auto or home insurance may cover any excess amounts not covered by the standard Collision/Loss Damage Waiver (CDW/LDW) that’s included in your rental. Be aware that additional coverage from the car hire provider may in fact duplicate your third-party policy, and therefore, unnecessary.
Like anything else involving travel, doing a bit of homework will save you money — and heartache somewhere down the line. Read the terms and conditions of your airline car rental agreement thoroughly to avoid nasty surprises in the form of surcharges and fees when you drop-off the vehicle and settle the bill.
Most car rentals these days are pre-equipped with an offline GPS unit built in to the dashboard. You’ll generally pay to bring the system online — unless you score on a special promotion. The alternative is to use your hands-free mobile device for navigation, which is really no different than GPS — in fact, your phone shares the same system. Check with your mobile wireless provider about roaming charges. It could save you a bunch of money.
You’ll save by dropping off your car hire at the same airport location you rented it from.
Additional driver fees vary by city, state, and country. You’ll pay a daily fee in some places. American Airlines car rentals allow a maximum of two additional drivers, both of which must be 25 years or older, and have a return ticket.