British Airways is currently running some aggressive World Traveller Plus deals from Switzerland (Zurich, Geneva, Basel) to North America.
The cheapest destination seems to be Montreal, which is coming up at £556 return (CHF 708):
Similar deals, all under £625, are available to New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago, Miami, Tampa and Orlando.
You need to travel by the end of November, with best availability in the Autumn.
Rhys recently reviewed British Airways World Traveller Plus. Remember that all World Traveller Plus tickets can be upgraded, however cheap they were, to Club World or Club Suite. You need Avios availability in business class, and some additional surcharges will be due. It is possible to just upgrade one leg if you are short of Avios or are happy with World Traveller Plus for the oubound day flight.
World Traveller Plus is also 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, as an example 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. You would also earn Avios and tier points from the (economy) legs from Switzerland to London.
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.
Take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons why we like the FREE British Airways American Express credit card.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(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.)