OPTIONS is used for pre-flight request to see if a server accept certain method, headers or origins.
BFF layer normalize error-handling. Different down-stream services may provide error in different format, they could be http code with json, or http code with xml, or just html file. They normalize all of these into 206, 400, 401, 404 etc. They use custom headers to add error details. 500 is only for BFF errors.
Buffer against change: build APIs with stub data until real data is ready.
BFF could have general-use or view-specific APIs.