BA Sale

Bits: excellent USA World Traveller Plus deals, cheap MeliaRewards points are back, Flying Blue Promo Rewards

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News in brief:

Excellent World Traveller Plus deals to North America

A few weeks ago Rhys reviewed World Traveller Plus (premium economy) on British Airways.  His view – and you are better off with his view than mine when it comes to premium economy products – is that the recent changes to the food, amenity kit and soft product have made a difference.

There are some excellent World Traveller Plus fares on offer to North America at the moment, presumably as part of the British Airways sale.

The best way to find them is the BA ‘Low Fare Finder’ tool which you can find here.  This is where I found the prices quoted below.

The best prices seem to be in February / March.  The lowest available World Traveller Plus prices are, looking at £675 and under:

  • Boston – £596
  • Chicago – £597
  • Nashville – £665
  • New Orleans – £665
  • New York – £546
  • Phoenix – £665
  • Pittsburg – £589
  • Toronto – £632
  • Washington DC – £667

If you have a World Traveller Plus Avios redemption booked on one of these routes, you might want to think about cancelling it and rebooking for cash.  For New York and Boston in particular, you are likely to be getting a poor deal.  Taxes and charges to New York in World Traveller Plus are £462 return vs as little as £546 for a cash ticket.

When comparing the cost to the World Traveller fare, remember that World Traveller Plus is a very generous source of Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points.

This HFP article lists all British Airways routes and the tier points they earn.  World Traveller Plus earns 90 tier points each-way compared with just 20 tier points each way for the cheapest World Traveller (economy) tickets.  One return flight puts you more than half-way to Bronze status.

In terms of Avios, World Traveller Plus to Washington Dulles earns 3,672 Avios each-way.  This compares to just 918 Avios each-way for the cheapest World Traveller (economy) ticket.  An extra 5,500+ Avios on a return flight like this – and substantially more on a longer route – helps offset some of the cost.

You also need to remember that you can use Avios to upgrade World Traveller Plus tickets to Club World / Club Suite.  You need Avios availability in Club World / Club Suite to do this.  Extra BA surcharges will also be due.  The cost in Avios is the difference between a World Traveller Plus Avios ticket and a Club World Avios ticket.

Full details of all of the BA sale deals can be found here.

British Airways World Traveller Plus deals

Cheap MeliaRewards points available again (4* New York for £83)

One of the best travel bargains over Black Friday was the exceptionally generous deal to buy MeliaRewards hotel points.

Whilst Melia is a Spanish chain, it is well represented elsewhere.  This deal was an excellent opportunity to book a bargain in London or New York among other places.

Take a look at this article and also this article, which is a case study of how I used my points.

The current price is €4.20 per 1,000 points.  This is a slightly more than the Black Friday deal but still a lot better than the standard rate of around €8 per 1,000.

(Before you waste time checking, if you buy via Amazon Spain here you pay the same €4.20 per 1,000 as buying via Melia.)

To put the deal in context, a night at the 4-star INNSIDE New York will cost you just under €100 per night if you buy the points (assuming standard reward nights are still bookable at 23,000ish points for your stay).  This compares to a non-refundable cash rate of over £200 in the Summer.  We reviewed INNSIDE New York here.

I have no idea how long this price will last.  Ensure you read my two articles above before jumping in, and obviously check reward nights are available in the place you want them.

The Melia ‘buy points’ page is here.

Thanks to Pup for flagging this in the comments.

Flying Blue promo awards

Flying Blue launches its Promo Rewards for January

Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM loyalty scheme, has launched a new batch of discounted redemption routes.

These deals are released on the first day of every month and are for travel 2-3 months ahead.

We don’t cover these deals on HFP on a regular basis.  If you have a Flying Blue balance then you need to keep an eye open for them each month.  Every so often we like to remind you that they exist though!

The Flying Blue promo rewards website is here. The new batch of deals must be booked by the end of January for travel in March or April.

Some of the interesting long-haul premium economy and business class deals include:

Europe to Wuhan with Air France – 67,500 miles each way in Business (25% off)

Europe to Mexico City with Air France or KLM – 48,750 miles each way in Business (25% off)

Europe to Quito with Air France or KLM – 39,500 miles each way in Business (50% off)

Europe to Beijing with Air France – 36,000 miles each way in Premium Economy (50% off)

Europe to Houston with Air France – 28,750 miles each way in Premium Economy (50% off)

Europe to Bangalore with Air France – 29,000 miles each way in Premium Economy (50% off)

These deals are NOT refundable or changeable once booked, unlike standard Flying Blue redemptions.

One-way redemptions are allowed.  If the taxes are roughly similar, you may prefer to book 2 x one-way flights in case you need to reschedule one leg of the trip.

Remember that Flying Blue is an American Express Membership Rewards partner if you need to top-up your account.

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  1. QUITE AN IMPORTANT BITS regarding DragonPass via Red By Dufry Platinum.

    If you opened a DP account via the Red by Dufry Platinum code which results in a DP Classic membership offering lounge visits at a third the standard price (thanks @Shoestring, @the_real_a et al) and are thinking about nabbing a handful of visits “for the future”, content in the knowledge that T&Cs say that “lounge visit purchases can be cancelled and refunded at any time” – BE AWARE:

    I purchased a visit and then test cancelled it to see how easy the process was.

    The call centre was quick to reach, the situation was easy to explain and I had only to give my DP card number. However as part of the refund, they cancelled the whole DP card! The explanation was that as the membership was part of a Dufry points offer, any cancellationsn would be for the entire set of remaining visits and the card had to be cancelled as part of the process.

    One would presume one could go through the process again and set up another card via Red, perhaps using a different email address. Perhaps I have already tested this…

    But be aware that if you want to hang on to that discounted DP membership you’ve just set up, don’t cancel your purchased visits. You’ll lose the card in the process.

  2. Not sure if I am remembering something that never existed, but did BA ever include UK transfers at no extra cost when booking long haul from London. I.e. LHR – JFK would be the same price as MAN – JFK via LHR?

  3. Andreas says:

    Melia points on Melia website now back up to €5 per 1,000 right? Amazon offer also dead…

    • 5 euro per 1000 now but can still be cheaper than cash price on their website depending on when you travel.

      • Andreas says:

        Indeed! That is my case for a booking I’m looking at, it is still significantly cheaper to go for €5 per 1k points rather than a cash booking.

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