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What are the best World Traveller Plus deals in the British Airways sale – and how to upgrade them?

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On Friday we looked at the best Business and First Class deals in the new British Airways sale.  That article is here.

Today I wanted to take a look at some of the deals in World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy).

You can see what is available via this sale page of ba.com.  You must book by 25th September.

Travel dates are all over the place and vary by route and by travel class – see the small print at the bottom of the sale website.

British Airways 787

Why book World Traveller Plus?

British Airways is due to announce a revamp of World Traveller Plus very soon although this will be primarily food and amenity related.  Note that the pictures in this article are of the new World Traveller Plus seat which is going onto refurbished Boeing 777 aircraft out of Gatwick.  You won’t necessarily get a TV screen that big.

Whilst clearly better than World Traveller, you are substantially better off with Norwegian Premium (which we reviewed here).  This is closer to being a genuine half-way house between an Economy and Business seat and also comes with lounge access at selected airports.

We also did a comparison recently of British Airways World Traveller Plus vs Virgin Atlantic Premium, which you can find here.  In almost all respects, the Virgin Atlantic product is better.  (Virgin Atlantic has a page dedicated to Premium on their website here.)

The real reason to book World Traveller Plus is to upgrade it to a flat-bed Club World seat using Avios.

Look at some of the sale prices below.  They are often not much more than the £550ish of taxes and charges which BA wants for a Club World Avios redemption.  You can save a lot of Avios by upgrading a World Traveller Plus seat instead.

Another popular strategy is to just upgrade any overnight legs, eg when returning from the US, since World Traveller Plus is more acceptable on shorter day flights.

Club World seats for upgrade come from the same ‘pot’ as standard Club World Avios redemption seats.  If there is not a Club World seat showing for an Avios booking, you won’t be able to upgrade a World Traveller Plus seat.  ba.com has a Book and Upgrade’ tab on the main ‘Book with Avios’ page which you can find here.

An added upside of this method is that you earn Avios and tier points back, based on the World Traveller Plus rate.  A downside – which is important to note – is that, unlike a normal Avios redemption, a World Traveller Plus sale ticket upgraded to Club World with Avios remains non-refundable and non-changeable.  If you value the flexibility of Avios redemptions the upgrade route is not for you.

The cost to upgrade is the difference between a Club World and World Traveller Plus ‘100% Avios’ redemption.  New York, peak dates, is 120,000 Avios for a Club World return flight and 80,000 Avios for World Traveller Plus.  An upgrade from World Traveller Plus is therefore 40,000 Avios return or 20,000 Avios one-way.

World Traveller Plus sale

What World Traveller Plus sale deals are available?

In general, World Traveller Plus pricing in the new British Airways sale seem a bit higher than usual but it varies route by route.

The easiest way to check out the best prices to a specific destination is with the British Airways Low Fare Finder tool on ba.com. This will show you the cheapest price on any route, in any class, on month by month basis.

Here are my picks:

  • Boston £759
  • Fort Lauderdale £663
  • Las Vegas £794
  • New York £757
  • Orlando £779
  • San Francisco £825
  • Barbados £735
  • Punta Cana £613
  • Rio de Janeiro £868
  • Abu Dhabi £612
  • Muscat £698
  • Seychelles £955
  • Mumbai £633
  • New Delhi £609
  • Beijing £844
  • Shanghai £733

World Traveller Plus sale

BA Holidays is also running deals

As I always say, it is well worth pricing up BA’s ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ options.  Adding a hotel, even a one-star one, or a small car can bring down the cost to less than the flight itself.

I strongly recommend popping over to BA Holidays here and doing a test booking before booking anything as ‘flight only’.

Another benefit of booking your flight as a holiday is that you only pay a deposit now with the balance due five weeks before departure.  To top it off, you get a bonus 1 Avios per £1 spent when booking via BA Holidays.

The main home page for the September sale is here.

To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays.  You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card.  Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

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 (45)

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  • Ahe_g says:

    In theory the points upgrade from WTP to CW is a good move but in practice is very difficult to achieve. This is especially true for an upgrade to outbound and inbound. It looks like the availability is actually set to mid-match by either being months apart or within 2 days of each other. For the same reasons The Gold Card Upgrade is also a poor offering.

    • Genghis says:

      “The Gold Card Upgrade is also a poor offering”. Use a travel agent.

      • Rob says:

        Yup. The Gold Upgrade Voucher (GUF2), when booked using a travel agent, books into a REVENUE ticket class and does NOT require Avios availability to be there. 90% of travel agents haven’t a clue how to book them, but Google ‘Propeller Travel’ who are a) unreliable but b) when they do respond, know what to do. Amex Travel also has a good reputation for being able to book these.

        • Ahe_g says:

          Rob,
          Even if you can find a TA that knows how to do this, are you then not up against a certain fare class that has low availability? Never understood this quirk anyway why shouldn’t the same rule be available for on line bookings?

          • Rob says:

            Needs ‘A’ class availability, but there are usually a couple (at least) of cash tickets marked as ‘A’ for every flight. You just need to find a flight where no-one has bought a cash ticket in F yet.

    • Stu N says:

      Depends where you want to go. Loads of US destinations have availability in CW for more than half the days in Dec 18 and March 19, I’m sure you could find something that works if you are a bit flexible on destination and timing.

      Definitely find the award availability and work around that, rather than book seats in the hope of being able to upgrade down the line.

    • The Original Nick says:

      I’ve recently upgraded 3 seats from WT+ to CW for inbound and outbound , LHR-DXB. Just need to keep checking for availability.

    • AspirationalFlyer says:

      Depends on the route I think. With some flexibility I’ve always been ok with New York, Florida and the Middle East (all routes with a lot of frequency). Often I’ve found myself going into one airport and out of another – e.g. JFK vs EWR and FLL vs MIA.

  • Andrew says:

    I wouldn’t use the “book and upgrade” tool on ba.com – it widely over charges. Yes there will be a very slight uplift in fuel surcharge from WT+ to CW (although I think CW and F are the same) but “book and upgrade” charges hundreds more for some reason, I think it doesn’t select the lowest fares when quoting. So just do a regular Avios search to check availability, then book as normal and upgrade as soon as you have a booking ref. Should the unlikely happen that Avios availability has been snapped up in those few minutes – you have the 24hr cancellation option.

  • Tony says:

    “Unlike a normal Avios redemption, a World Traveller Plus sale ticket upgraded to Club World with Avios remains non-refundable and non-changeable. If you value the flexibility of Avios redemptions the upgrade route is not for you.”

    I believe cheap WT+ fares can be changed for a £150 fee. I have in the past reversed a UUA, then cashed in the underlying WT+ ticket to buy a J ticket on different flights when a sale fare came along, so you do have some flexibility.

    • DanATC says:

      I UUA’d from WT+ to CW and subsequently changed the return leg in CW, I paid £150 change fee and another £50 (penalty?). Had to call BA (twice) and wait about a week for someone to figure out how to process it, but came through in the end.

  • Scott says:

    I remember doing this a few years ago when it was great value. Upgraded our honeymoon flights (WTP to CW) to St Lucia in both directions for 50k avios.. Today it would cost 120k to do the same thing on the same off peak dates!

  • ADS says:

    are all WT+ ticket upgradeable using avios (even the cheapest ones) ?

    • Rob says:

      Yes (except for certain tickets you might get as part of a package holiday, staff Hotline tickets etc)

      • ADS says:

        good to know. and quite generous of BA !

        • Damien Keegan says:

          My upgrade from WTP to CW coming back from BGI in November was part of a package deal with BA Holidays and could have been upgrade with avios if there was availability. Did it for cash <£600 for 2 pax. Phoned the contact centre as "upgrade" was not possible through the app or website.

  • Andrew MS says:

    O/T but Speaking of upgrades … do Qatar Airways still email upgrade offers 2 weeks prior to travel . I read about this on a 2017 forum on FT . I am travelling Y class to BKK
    Thanks

    • Prins Polo says:

      I have not seen those recently. I now only get those upgrade offers at T-48h when check in opens.

  • Joeb says:

    Do you get tier points and avios for the wtP rate when upgrading or does it track at club world. I’m sure this is just wishful thinking.

    • Rob says:

      WTP

    • Damien Keegan says:

      Contact centre told me that we will get CW tier points and avios for upgrade. Will see what happens!

    • Tom Cook says:

      My recent upgrades have tracked at the higher cabin TPs……..cough………

      • Joeb says:

        How about the avios?

        • Tom Cook says:

          Yep those have increased too….I know I’m not alone in benefitting like this over the past 12 months. Cash ticket, then upgraded with avios have accrued higher cabin rewards.

  • Londonbus says:

    The standout price I think in the list above is Shanghai. It’s much further than Muscat or New York and tends to be a fairly expensive route normally.

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