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Peak season BA World Traveller Plus to the Middle East from £422

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We don’t feature many World Traveller Plus deals on Head for Points, mainly because there aren’t many of them around, but this one is worth a look.

Some interesting British Airways fares from Amsterdam to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat in World Traveller Plus have been spotted.

Whilst you will need to travel to Amsterdam to start your trip, you do NOT need to return there.  You can book the return directly back to London, or with a connection to Glasgow, Manchester or any other BA domestic destination.

Atlantis Dubai

For absolute clarity – you must take the first flight from Amsterdam.  Your ticket will be cancelled immediately if you don’t.

You obviously don’t get a flat bed with World Traveller Plus.  However, at least with the Dubai route, you can book yourself on a day flight in both directions so it isn’t so painful.

As well as getting an excellent fare, these trips will earn 180 tier points (90 + 90) for the World Traveller Plus legs, plus another 5 or 10 depending on what the Amsterdam leg books into.

Here is a typical Dubai fare which comes out at €557 (£515) – click to enlarge:

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Muscat in Oman is even cheaper at €457 (£422):

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Bookings these is a bit complex, unfortunately.

Step 1 – visit ba.com and, on the home page, click ‘Multicity / Stopover’

Step 2 – on that booking page, put in ‘Amsterdam to (your choice of) Dubai / Muscat / Abu Dhabi’ as flight 1

Step 3 – put in ‘(your choice from) Dubai / Mucat / Abu Dhabi to (your choice from) London / Glasgow / Manchester etc’ as flight 2 – note that you must be away over a Saturday night

Step 4 – on the next page, you will see various flight combinations shown.  The snag is that these are not priced.  All you can do is play around with them to try to get a price near to €500-€550

As per the comments, what you can do to make it easy to find the cheap dates is to search initially for a return from and to Amsterdam. This will show the individual price for each leg. If you can get a return for around €600-€700 it should drop to €450-€550 when you use ‘multi-city’ and return to London.

I can’t find the full fare rules because I cannot replicate this fare in the ITA Matrix tool.  This means that I don’t know how long you have to book, and I don’t know what periods you can travel in.  Which is helpful.

However, if you’re looking for some Middle Eastern sun this Autumn the deal is worth a look.  Pop over to ba.com and have a play around.

PS.  If you want a hotel deal, here is our review of the Hilton Salalah Resort in Oman, a resort which is only 5,000 Hilton Honors points per night.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

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Comments (46)

  • Adam says:

    Hi Rob,

    I thought it was 180 TPs (90+90).

    A

  • mike says:

    The WTP legs book into T.
    Fare basis to MCT is TLNCSALE (book by 21 Sept, for travel from 20 Aug to 25 June).
    Coming back is TLRC1UK or similar depending on the return route (that code is for MCT which was book by 31 Aug, for travel from 15 July to 11 Dec, AUH had book by 29 Aug for travel from 10 Sept to 11 Dec).
    So the return leg is the more restrictive one.

    Depending on the date, other European cities may be cheaper than AMS – e.g. I tried for a week at the end of November and CPH was the cheapest originating city to MCT at 468 EUR.

    • Andrew says:

      AMS-MCT-LON in March is pricing up at €507.06; WTP legs book into T, the ET leg into K.

  • James says:

    How easy is it to get from Muscat to Salalah ?

    • Mark says:

      Very easy. Plenty of flights each day on Oman Air. its about a 1hr 30 min flight

    • John says:

      Thinking of the Hilton Salalah?

      • danksy says:

        Worth it – that was my review from a couple of years ago… there was also a big development ongoing nextdoor which is probably complete?

  • Boddingtons says:

    Be aware that the cost of a tourist visa has now jumped to £40 on arrival in Oman for a 30 day entry.

    The £10 visa for 14 days has been scrapped!

    • John says:

      More accurately it is 20 OMR which is pegged to 52 USD, who knows where the £ exchange rate is going to go.

      However if you fly directly from Dubai (not the rest of the UAE!) and apparently, Qatar (which is now completely visa-free for ~99% of HFP readers), your Dubai or Qatar “visa” is also valid for Oman.

      So if you want to avoid the Oman visa fee, you could pay the 100 euros extra (from the example screenshots) to fly into Dubai, which might be worth it if you also wanted to go to Dubai.

      The Royal Oman Police have screwed up their website so I can’t verify this.

  • roberto says:

    These fares have been flitting about for a few weeks. Last month I booked Malaga-London-Dubai in WTP with Iberia (on all Ba metal) for £316 pp.

    Going in November and will get just over 12500 avios back as well as 205 TP.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, that Malaga fare has been around for a bit but seemed too much trouble TBH.

      • Roberto says:

        Not if you live in Malaga 🙂
        I routed via Madrid on the way out so I could get the winter 787 on the MAD-LHR leg but could only find the 777 on the days I wanted.

        Oh and its hammering down here in Andalucía..

        • darren says:

          I booked the same on BA but from Madrid then back to Man for 505 Euro’s.

          Those fares not around anymore. But I also did Madrid to LAX in WTP for 778 Euro’s back in March.

  • Amit says:

    Love Oman/Muscat – very chilled out

    • the real harry1 says:

      the only ME destination I would consider…

      • Matt says:

        Jordan’s pretty great too. Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash…trip of a lifetime.

        • John says:

          I like the “Turkish Republic of” northern Cyprus, if that counts as ME

        • Fadi says:

          Jordan is beautiful. Just don’t go in the winter unless you like the cold.

          • Michael Jennings says:

            There are lots of great things to see in the Levantine countries – Jordan is full of magnificent things to see, as are Israel and Lebanon, although one needs more than one passport to easily do all this. I’m pretty indifferent to the Gulf countries, though. Dubai, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi I pass through as quickly as possible. People say Muscat is nice, so hopefully I will get there some time soon.

        • DaveP says:

          Thanks Matt. Going there for week’s tour in October using 241 Club World seats.

  • Chris says:

    OT what’s a reasonable amount of time for clubcard to virgin transfers to take? I transferred some last Wednesday but they still haven’t shown up in my virgin account. I’m sure when I’ve done it before they appeared overnight.

  • Scott says:

    Anything to TLV/BEY?

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