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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses.
There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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 30,000 Avios.
30,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 4th February 2022.
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 45,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
45,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 28th February 2022.
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.)