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BA World Traveller Plus to Dubai / Muscat / Abu Dhabi from £380 return, ex-Switzerland

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British Airways is currently running an exceptionally cheap deal in World Traveller Plus to the Middle East.

These tickets can easily be upgraded to a Club World flat bed with Avios if there is availability.

This deal requires you to start your trip in Switzerland.  However ….. oddly ….. you MUST finish in London on the way back.  You do NOT head back to Switzerland at the end.  Which is handy!

The deal:

Fly from Geneva or Zurich

Fly to Dubai, Muscat or Abu Dhabi

Class:  World Traveller Plus (Switzerland to London is in Economy)

Total fare:  500 – 570 CHF return (£380 – £440)

Travel dates:  outbound either before 7th December or between 9th January and 27th March

Must book by 10th October

Saturday night stay is required

BA tier points earned:  185 or 190 return, depending on the short-haul ticket bucket

How to book

Because this is not a straight return flight, you need to use the multi-city box on this page of ba.com.

Flight 1 should be Geneva or Zurich to Dubai or Muscat or Abu Dhabi

Flight 2 should be Dubai or Muscat or Abu Dhabi to London

And here is a snag.  British Airways does not show you a price for multi-city flights until you get to the payment page.  This makes the process VERY hit and miss.  All you can do is randomly select a pair of flights and see how it prices.

There is a Plan B.

I have written about ITA Matrix a few times.  It is an online pricing tool – not a booking tool – owned by Google.   You can use ITA Matrix to find the pairs of flights with the lowest price over a 2-3 day window.

This is what you do:

Go to https://matrix.itasoftware.com/

Fill in the screen exactly as I have done below (click to enlarge).  You need to be on the ‘Multi-City’ tab and you need to click on ‘Advanced Controls’ to bring up all the options.  You can make the destination Dubai (DXB), Abu Dhabi (AUH) or Muscat (MCT) depending on where you want to go.

Remember that the return flight is just to London, not Switzerland.

The key bit is adding “f bc=t” which tells the system to look for a discounted World Traveller Plus ticket.

ITA Matrix will then show you the exact flight pairs which bring up the cheapest price.  I recommend you search for a +/- 2 day window to maximise your odds of getting the lowest fare.

Put these dates into ba.com on the multi-city page, select the exact flights shown on ITA Matrix and it will price OK.

CHF 497 is £382.  I found Dubai to be a little more expensive at around CHF 570 (£437).

Conclusion

This is clearly an excellent price for World Traveller Plus, especially in peak season.  You need to factor in the cost of a one-way ticket to Switzerland as well – but that is what Avios and Reward Flight Saver is for!

The key benefit of this trip is the 190 tier points and the tidy pile of Avios that you earn back, compared to the paltry sums gained from flying economy.

You will also be able to upgrade the World Traveller Plus legs to Club World if Avios availability is there.  The price will depend on whether it is a peak or off-peak day.  The cost is 20,000 Avios each way on a peak day and 24,000 Avios each way on an off-peak day.  That is not a typo, by the way – off-peak days do cost more.

Hat-tip ….

This deal came via my friend Dave, who was with me on my tours of Vienna and Brussels Airports last week.  I have been meaning to plug his site, gingertravelguru.com, for a while.  It is a good looking travel site with an LGBT slant.

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Comments (24)

  • Paul L says:

    OT

    I have flights booked for May…can anyone remember which month the schedule changes usually come out?

    Thanks in advance for anyone that can help.

  • Anna says:

    Muscat looks quite tempting as a destination, but the airport lounge doesn’t seem to allow BA passengers – is that right?

    • Drav says:

      surely that is one of the worst reasons to visit visit a country

      • Graeme says:

        Oman is a beautiful country so I’d encourage you to visit Anna, and I agree the lounge access (or not) would be the last thing I’d consider on whether to go or not…

        • Anna says:

          It would only influence whether I flew with BA, no need to jump to judgemental and inaccurate conclusions.

    • New Card says:

      There is a lounge for BA business/first passengers, but it’s pretty dire. The new Muscat International Airport opens relatively soon though so this could all change then…