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Peak season BA World Traveller Plus to 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.

Courtesy of Flyertalk, 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.

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

Atlantis Dubai

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!


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (46)

  • Aspirational Flyer says:

    As an alternative you can also fly business class from Milan for about £1060. Perhaps not quite as obvious a deal, but 320 tier points (80 + 240), more avios and certainly more comfortable. Seats available on the 787 too, which is a bonus. That said, if you have status, I think WTP is a very good compromise between price and comfort on US East Coast and Middle East flights. I got a solid 5.5 hours sleep on my last flight back from Abu Dhabi.

  • Lumma says:

    To find these prices, surely it’s easier to price it up as a simple return from Amsterdam, then use the multi city search when you know what’s flights it’s available on.

    Looking at Muscat on a couple of sample days, it would price up at €545 return to and from Amsterdam, then drop by around €100 when putting the same flights in the multi city search without the final leg back to Amsterdam.

  • Tical says:

    Do you reckon you can upgrade these WTP fares to business with a GUF2 voucher?

  • James123 says:

    OT

    What fare class does a sale ET ticket go to if I upgrade on the app to Club Europe, and how flexible would the ticket become, imgoing to be quite tight for time on the flight I’m booked on. I think all CE tickets can be changed on the day of travel, but does this apply if you’ve upgraded, and how long before flight take off do you have to change it by?

    • Stu N says:

      Looks like it books into “U” which is the redemption class for business. Both times I’ve done this (one online via MMB and one at airport) I’ve had to call to get correct Avios and TPs. I’ve got the lower rate of Avios for Club Europe (the R/I rate at 100% of miles flown). No idea about flexibility, sorry.

  • Andrew says:

    Looking at other departure points for March 2018 and going to MCT, I think the lowest prices seem to be from AMS, GVA and LIN – at least for the dates I’ve been playing about with…

  • sam says:

    Unable to choose Holland as a country of departure….

  • sam says:

    ah…also called Netherlands……..

  • the real harry1 says:

    Not many people report back here from Dubai & Qatar wishing they hadn’t gone there after all

    let’s face it – very poor destinations vs Europe

    too ashamed to admit a big waste of money & time?

    • Sussex bantam says:

      Or, alternatively, maybe people actually enjoyed themselves ?? I know we did

    • James matt says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Horrible places and equally arrogant and rascist locals, when they step out of their state funded vehicles

    • Will says:

      I can be very critical of Dubai, and do often describe it as the worst place I’ve been to, however…

      As I’m into F1 I think the November GP in Abu Dhabi followed by a few nights in Dubai is a great was to spend a week in the sun when it’s otherwise miserable in Blighty.

      Depends what you look for in a holiday and that can mean different things to different people and different things at different times of the year.