British Airways and Missionaries

by Andrew Kelly
Posted on 1st July 2013

Today, an airline is an airline. Gone are the days of airlines trying to impress passengers with excellent meals, great service and perks to keep you flying! While this is true in general, each airline has held onto a few of their "perks" and British Airways has retained a few which we think Missionary families might be interested in.

Delayed Ticketing

British Airways understands that missionaries have to "raise" support from individuals and other sources and they realize that this can often be a long process. They also understand that you need to book/reserve your ticket when prices are cheap. So, British Airways allows a few travel agents, like World Missions Travel, to reserve special "Missionary Contract Fares" for missionaries and we can hold them for several weeks while you organize the funds to pay for the tickets.

FREE Checked Baggage

If traveling on a British Airways Missionary Contract from any major gateway airport, then each missionary is entitled to 3 FREE checked pieces of luggage at no additional cost!

FREE Date Change

Often missionaries find themselves needing to change dates. Whether it was that terrible food you ate on the mission field which caused you to get so sick that you needed to go home early or whether those orphans just stole your heart and you want to stay a little longer, British Airways wants to help make those ticket changes possible! BA will allow one free date change as long as the same class of service is available. If the same class of service is available (and no we do not mean any economy seat, we mean the same price structure seat) then your ticket can be changed for free!

Household Mileage Accounts

Frequent flier mileage accounts are great ways to earn you and your family free travel. However, let's face it...if the average missionary travels once a year (or less), it will take forever for you to earn enough mileage for that free ticket. British Airways is a little different. While each member of your family (including the kids) has their own mileage account, the head of household can invite everyone living at the same address to join the "Household Account." This pooling of miles allows you to pull miles from any family members individual account and add to another account in order to reach a free ticket faster! Unlike other airlines, British Airways does NOT charge for the mileage transfer if it is from within the household account. Check out the BA Household Account Website for more details.

On Business - Corporate Account for Non-Profit organisations

For missionaries who have started their own non-profit organisations, this will be of significant interest to you. When you, your family or short term mission team members travel, they can all earn miles for the ministry! British Airways has a program called On Business which allows small businesses and non-profits to earn "corporate points" towards free travel. Each individual is still allowed to earn their own personal mileage, but then based on the distance they travel, they earn the organisation points. These points, added together create the On Business account and allows the organisation to get free tickets from the travel of its staff and volunteers.

So, consider using British Airways next time you travel overseas on mission!

Andrew Kelly is passionate about two things: ministry and travel. Born in Australia, he moved to America with his family as a child. Now living and working as a missionary in Ukraine, Andrew travels frequently to the US and Australia to visit family and raise support. For nearly 16 years Andrew has been associated with World Missions Travel, a company with over twenty seven years of experience providing travel solutions for church, religious, missionary, humanitarian, relief, not-for-profit and NGO travel needs.