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An excellent British Airways World Traveller Plus premium economy flight deal to North America

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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.

British Airways World Traveller Plus deals

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.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (67)

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  • Andreas says:

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

    • CC says:

      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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