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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 …..

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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

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

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 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).


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 are 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.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

(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 (24)

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  • Paul L says:


    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.

    • Rob says:

      The timetable switch is late March, for the Summer timetable, but schedule changes can happen at any time. If you use the MyFlights iOS app, it is the best way to be notified.

  • 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…

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