£480 BA World Traveller Plus from Scandi to the US (upgradable to Club World with Avios)

In an attempt to stem the flow of business to Norwegian, British Airways is offering some very aggressive World Traveller Plus fares from Scandinavia to the USA.

These deals are laughably cheap, especially the US West Coast destinations.  The tickets book into Euro Traveller (Economy) between Scandinavia and Heathrow but you will be in World Traveller Plus for the long-haul leg.

To put the value in context …. a BA Blue member would pay £480 to go to Los Angeles but would earn over 11,000 Avios back.  A Gold would pick up over 22,000!  You can even use Avios to partially reduce the ticket cost when booking if you want.

British Airways World Traveller Plus deals

Here are some sample fares from ba.com:

Oslo to Los Angeles – £486 (NOK 5365)

Stockholm to Los Angeles – £487 (SEK 5507)

Copenhagen to Los Angeles – £519 (DKK 4387)

Oslo to San Francisco – £494 (NOK 5444)

Oslo to Miami – £498 (NOK 5494)

Oslo to New York – £499 (NOK 5503)

Travel between mid June and mid August is blocked, but apart from that – as long as you stay a Saturday night – availability is good.

Note that my examples above use Premium Economy on American Airlines instead of BA World Traveller Plus, but you can usually find an ‘all BA’ option.

If you book on British Airways and not American, these tickets are upgradeable to Club World with Avios if there are Avios seats available for a straight Club World redemption.  Heathrow to the East Coast would be 24,000 Avios each-way off-peak and 20,000 each-way peak.  West Coast and Miami would be 30,000 Avios each-way off-peak and 25,000 each-way peak.  The BA peak and off-peak calendars for 2018 are here.

Remember that you MUST fly to Scandinavia to take the first flight.  You MUST leave London within 24 hours of arriving or you will incur UK Air Passenger Duty.

On the way back, you should assume that you will have to take the last leg back to Scandinavia unless you are travelling on hand baggage only, in which case hopping out in London may be acceptable as a one-off.  Do NOT book through a travel agent if you think you may not take the last leg as the agent may be billed by BA for the fare difference, whilst individuals are usually let off for a first offence.

You can learn more about World Traveller Plus on this page of ba.com if you want to see what you are getting for your money.

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Comments

  1. comeflywithv says:

    I booked two of these seperately and upgraded. I was charged 14,000 Avios each way for the upgrades(off peak days). Not sure if this is a mistake that coincidentally happened twice or a new upgrade pricing

  2. OT. A few weeks ago, my wife applied (via referral from me) for an Amex Gold MR card – this was 6 months + 4 days after cancelling her previous gold card. Until today, no bonus target was showing in her online account and today, after putting some spend through the card, the only bonus target showing in her online account is 10k MR points for spending £15k in the first year.

    Does this mean that she will not be given the 20k MR point signup bonus? If so, does anyone know how accommodating amex usually are in applying it manually?

    • Just to add.. She was told proactively by the agent when cancelling the last card that she could re-apply after 6 months to receive another sign-up bonus.

      • I’ve never seen a reference to the 20/22k bonus points, they just seem to appear when you’ve spent the £2000.

        • Chris Palmer says:

          I have seen a spend target for the £2k.

        • Are the T & Cs still saying that you’ll get the bonus? If so, get a screenshot in case you have to quibble it with Amex.

    • barry cutters says:

      6 months works on specific day ,
      eg. 20th jan you get the points as long as you apply after 20th July .

      Call, They have on record and if it didnt trigger and should have they send to another department . ‘promotions’ i think its called. 5 days later it posts.

    • She should have got the 22k bonus after the 2k spend. You do need to phone amex about that, and they will be very accommodating. As long as you are sure the card was actually cancelled on that day. And you kept the cancellation letter you received with the date clearly outlined on it! Most people chuck them, but very useful in cases like this.

  3. Did a AMS -> LHR -> YYC -> LHR -> CPH last summer and ditched the final leg. No backlash from BA. Although I was hand luggage only which made it easier. I think I would do it again in future but only if the price difference was substantial.

    • I did MAN-LHR-BOS-LHR-MAN and ditched the last flight back up to Manchester too. Never heard any more of it either. Hand baggage only too. That was a strange one anyway as to why adding a domestic leg on would make it cheaper, surely the taxes would be the same? It was almost half price

  4. If anyone still hasn’t used the American express travel cashback deal that appeared on some cards, these flights price up at a similar price on there as on the BA site. The dates I looked at priced up just £3 more, billed in pounds too so even less of a gap if someone wishes to pay with a card without foreign transaction fees

  5. I recall in August 2016, buying a mis-priced BA First Class flight from Prague to Mexico City for just under £500. I thought BA would cancel it, so I bought it on the AA website. When I departed Prague, a got ‘beeped’ at the gate, and the gate lady said I would likely be downgraded to economy in London, but I carried on. After that, no-one else questioned me at any step of the journey. Even after doing LHR to Mexico in BA First, and then Mexico to LHR via JFK in AA Biz. DID I DROP THE LAST LEG to PRAGUE? Hell yeah! Because I needed to get back home to Belfast 🙂 I always try and buy all of my BA or OW tickets on the AA website now. It’s a hell of a lot easier on the eyes for a start. I did receive a letter from BA a few months later. Instead of dropping down to silver, BA kindly comped me Gold for another year. So sometimes missing the last leg can result in good things!!!!

  6. I’ve checked out a couple of dates in November but going through the booking process it doesn`t give me the option to upgrade to CW, or is that because the dates I’m choosing don’t have CW availability or do I have to upgrade after I have purchased the ticket, subject to availability?

    • You can only upgrade if there is Avios availability. You can usually do it during booking or after up to you.

  7. Scallder says:

    OT – just had an email from virgin with the below:

    Quick! We’re having a flash reward seat sale to Miami, and these savings are big. We’re talking 40% off – so you can book a return flight to Florida from 57000 miles return in Upper Class plus taxes, fees and carrier-imposed surcharges.

    These fabulous fares are only available on flights to and from Miami between 14 February and 14 March 2018, so grab them while you can!

    • Interesting, the Economy miles have come down to 7,500 from 12,500…but the cash element has increased from £195 to £246…..when a “sale” really isn’t a sale!
      However, for Premium Economy and Upper, the cash elements have not increased….so some good miles savings to be had.

  8. OT-took a risk and self referred myself from platinum card to BAPP and got the 18k referral points about five days later! Then i added my husband as an additional card holder after i received my BAPP card and got 3k avios too. Im kicking myself i didnt do this for his additional platinum card – missed 5k MR!

  9. Clare Mc says:

    Is it possible to upgrade at WTP ticket (T class) that I’ve also part paid with Avios?

  10. Marriott working against me as I am sitting on a 7 day travel package but don’t know dates I can go and they move the hotel from 5 to 6 which will cost me another 30,000 Marriott points.

    Swearing under my breath as I thought we’d dodge this bullet – in truth, I didn’t know about it until it was too late but it hurts.

    • Oh that’s a shame.
      I am.sitting on SPG points with the intention to redeem for a Marriott Travel Package but do need a little under 10k more for what I want (or wanted, will have to check the changes more closely).
      Need to get the SPG Amex for the extra 10k miles.

  11. Any more routes coming up at similar prices ?

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