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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 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 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.


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Comments (24)

  • Sam Wardill says:

    The IATA matrix tips are really useful. Please can we have more? I had to learn how to use IATA matrix to find a mixed class fare from London to Sydney with Qantas. Whilst BA, Qatar & Emirates websites bring up mixed fare options, Qantas do not. None of the general flight booking sites I can find allow you to find or book mixed class fares either (surely a business opportunity for someone).

    • Wally1976 says:

      There’s a few articles on here regarding ITA matrix if you do a search. Very handy tool, just a shame it’s sometimes very difficult/impossible to book itineraries you find on there!

  • Alex W says:

    When you upgrade these fares to club world does BA add on a load of taxes and charges too?

    • AndyR says:

      Yes there will be additional fees. Do a dummy Avios booking to find out how much.

      • Rob says:

        It won’t be ludicrous because you are avoiding Air Passenger Duty entirely. It will just be any difference in BA surcharges between WTP and CW.

  • Ahop says:

    OT: with a view to preparing for the upcoming shop small event. Is it possible to register the MBNA issued Virgin White cards for this?

    • Genghis says:

      Yes

      • mark2 says:

        remember that MBNA do not give supplementary cards a different number so only one card can be used. Lloyds and Amex do have different numbers so both can be used.
        Still time to get supplementary cards in time for ShopSmall.

  • Steve says:

    I flew BHD/AUH RTN in Y+ last weekend for £602 on BA in a half empty 787-9! Fare booked on Kayak if that helps. I did notice that booking 7 days in advance was important as after I had booked the fare started to rise significantly.

  • Nick says:

    How can I find out club availability? Is it just do a straight reward dummy booking on ba? If that shows up do I ring ba to book the whole lot or just book on line then ring up ba for the upgrade?

  • Lee Hurstbourne says:

    Hi,
    Similar question to earlier comment: how do so go about upgrading flight to Club with Avios? How can I be sure there is availability when booking?
    Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Just do a standard Avios reward search first. And if you can’t do it (it may need a call but also may work online) you can cancel the BA flight within 24 hours anyway.

  • Andy says:

    Excellent post, I won’t be taking advantage of it, but it’s things like this that get me thinking about other ways to use my points and also see the value of positioning flights.

  • HiDeHi says:

    You missed the opportunity to say: it is a travel site with a ginger slant.

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