What are the differences between Euro Traveller and Club Europe on British Airways?

Aug 22, 2021

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British Airways operates a two-class configuration on most short-haul flights within the United Kingdom, to Europe and Northern Africa. Their economy-class/coach main cabin is called Euro Traveller while the business-class cabin is named Club Europe.

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I’ve flown both cabins numerous times, including recently during the pandemic, so here is an explanation of the differences to decide which is best for you.

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Price

As a more premium product, Club Europe will usually be significantly more expensive than Euro Traveller. Choosing a few routes for a date next month the prices for a return flight, per person are as follows:

Destination from London Euro Traveller prices Club Europe prices
Edinburgh (EDI) £89 to £176 £199 to £318
Amsterdam (AMS) £98 to £120 £231 to £253
Barcelona (BCN) £90 to £105 £327 to £387
Santorini (JMK) £327 £927
Cairo (CAI) £375 £860

 

Prices will fluctuate depending on the destination, time of year and demand, though you can generally expect to pay between two and three times as much for a Club Europe ticket. If using Avios, Club Europe is a better deal — you won’t need three times as many Avios.

Here’s how the Reward Flight Saver chart breaks down:

Distance flown, per flight Off-peak economy class Peak economy class Off-peak business class Peak business class
0 to 650 miles 4,000 Avios 4,500 Avios 7,500 Avios 9,000 Avios
651 to 1,150 miles 6,500 Avios 7,500 Avios 12,750 Avios 15,000 Avios
1,151 to 2,000 miles 8,500 Avios 10,000 Avios 17,000 Avios 20,000 Avios

Unless you hold status in the Executive Club programme you will have to pay to select your seat in both cabins.

Related: Should you pay for a seat assignment on British Airways?

Baggage

The cheapest Euro Traveller fares do not include any checked baggage, even if you hold elite status with British Airways or their partner airlines. Club Europe fares come with two checked bags up to 23 kgs each.

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Both fares allow one full-sized cabin bag of up to 23kgs, with an additional small personal item such as a laptop bag or handbag that can be stored under the seat in front of you.

Airport

At the airport, you’ll find far more benefits with Club Europe, where you can enjoy:

  • Priority check-in
  • Priority security (where offered)
  • Lounge access
  • Priority boarding
  • Priority tagged baggage for faster delivery at your destination.
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If you do not hold status with British Airways or their partner airlines you will not receive the above benefits flying Euro Traveller.

Seat

This will likely be the most surprising and disappointing part of your Club Europe experience: The seat is the same in Euro Traveller as in Club Europe. Same width, same leg room, same recline, same material.

The only benefit of the Cub Europe seat is that you are guaranteed an empty seat next to you, as the middle seats are always blocked, and the seats are at the front of the plane, meaning you will be amongst the first off the plane.

Almost all Club Europe flights are operated by narrow-body aircraft with seats in a 2-2 configuration. As the seats are the same as Euro Traveller, this allows the crew to increase or decrease the size of the cabin simply by moving a curtain. This means the cabin could be just three or four rows, but I’ve been on a Club Europe flight with a massive 14 rows of Club Europe: That’s 56 seats, which did not make for a very intimate or exclusive experience.

Club Europe passengers can use the lavatory at the front of the cabin while Euro Traveller passengers use the lavatories at the back of the cabin. You can expect a shorter wait in Club Europe, as you might expect.

Food and Beverage

Currently, all Euro Traveller passengers receive a small water and snack regardless of the flight length.

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They can then purchase additional food from the buy-on-board menu, or order items in advance.

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In Club Europe you will be served a full meal served on real china with metal cutlery which, depending on the flight length and time of day, will usually comprise a starter, dessert and choice of a hot main course.

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British Airways Club Europe spiced carrot salad. Photo by Ben Smithson / The Points Guy

To drink you will have the choice of a full bar including wine and proper sparkling wine regardless of the time of the flight. (People do pop the bubbly with breakfast, so don’t be afraid to ask if you fancy a glass!) There are a range of soft drinks, still and sparkling water and tea and coffee. This will all be served in real glassware.

Service will generally be more attentive in Club Europe than Euro Traveller as there is a higher crew to passenger ratio. You can expect good service in both cabins though.

Points earning

If you’re flying on a cash ticket you’ll earn more Avios and Tier Points in Club Europe than Euro Traveller. The cheapest Euro Traveller fares only earn 25% of flown miles as Avios with a minimum of 125 Avios per flight. You will earn as low as 5 Tier Points for a Euro Traveller flight.

With a Club Europe ticket, you will earn at least 150% of flown miles as Avios, with a minimum of 750 Avios per flight. You’ll earn at least 40 Tier Points for even the shortest Club Europe flights which are a great way to earn elite status in the Executive Club programme.

Related: Avios vs. Tier Points: British Airways Executive Club status explained

Is Club Europe worth the extra cost?

If you hold Silver status or above in the Executive Club programme (or Oneworld Ruby status in a Oneworld partner airline), then you will receive all of the ground benefits like priority check-in, security, boarding and lounge access on a Euro Traveller ticket.

Given the seat is the same in both cabins, on a short flight it is tough to justify the additional cost, whether that is cash or Avios.

If you don’t hold status and are on one of the longer European flights to, say, Greece or Turkey, it is certainly a more comfortable and enjoyable ride in Club Europe than Euro Traveller. Perhaps not three times the cost comfortable, but if using points and you want to spoil yourself, perhaps as its a birthday trip or just a long-overdue holiday, it can be a good investment to choose Club Europe instead.

Featured image by Ben Smithson / The Points Guy

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