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Bits: £556 World Traveller Plus deals from Switzerland to NA, Flybe launches City to Luxembourg, last day for the Virgin sale

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News in brief:

Good World Traveller Plus deals from Switzerland to North America

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):

British Airways World Traveller Plus deals

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.

You can learn more about World Traveller Plus on ba.com here.

Thanks to German blog Travel with Massi.

World Traveller Plus sale deals

Flybe launching London City to Luxembourg

With zero publicity, Flybe is launching a new route from London City to Luxembourg on 29th March.

There will be three flights per day during the week, competing with the existing and well established Luxair service.  British Airways also has daily flights from Heathrow and easyJet flies the route from Gatwick.  This may not end well ….

What is not clear is whether Flybe has deliberately avoided publicising the route, which does not fit with its current bid for Government support as the supporter of niche regional routes, or if the flights have been loaded early.  The airline already flies from Manchester to Luxembourg so this is not a totally new destination.

You can book on the Flybe site here.

Virgin Atlantic Winter sale deals

LAST DAY for the Virgin Atlantic sale

A quick reminder that today, Monday 3rd February, is the last day to book in the Virgin Atlantic Winter sale.

The sale website is here.

Headline Upper Class prices include:

  • Boston £1,366
  • Antigua £1,399
  • Barbados £1,399
  • New York £1,466
  • Seattle £1,524
  • San Francisco £1,584

Take these prices with a pinch of salt, however.  There is just one week, which varies by city, when Virgin Atlantic guarantees that you can travel at this price.  At other times you may well be paying more.

Our review of Virgin’s brand new A350 Upper Class Suite is here.  If you can get this, you will have a very good trip indeed.

To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is one of the two Virgin Atlantic Reward credit cards.  These earn double miles (3 per £1 on the paid card or 1.5 per £1 on the free card) when you book at virginatlantic.com or via Virgin Holidays.  Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.

Remember that the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ card has a higher sign-up bonus of 25,000 miles if you apply during February – read our article here.

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Comments

  1. Shoestring says:

    Post Office Travel Money Card comes with an £11.20 bonus (Premium), can be paid in Avios. Not as good as the £15 I got a while back but that’s never been repeated.

    You can order online – minimum £50 – the prepaid Mastercard arrives next day in the post in the currency of your choice. It can be used like any credit card to pay bills you might have in a foreign currency; also can be withdrawn at ATM though there’s a fee.

    Basically: free Avios though obvs check you are OK with the exchange rate when you order (was perfectly OK when I did it). Over 18s only.

  2. Secret Squirrel says:

    OT:
    I purchased 2x items using my BA Amex today which has qualified spend for a 241 Companion voucher. My Q is, one of items I decided to cancel online today but will the transaction process still & qualify then refund?

  3. Shoestring says:

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    • TGLoyalty says:

      I can see some of the logic, A to B where B is a collection point or hub for bike couriers etc. Will it ever happen I doubt it.

  4. Shoestring says:

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    • your “crusade” against this virus is really… weird.

      You know that, right?

      • Shoestring says:

        I’m really only interested because…[Coronavirus should snap investors out of ‘buy the dip’ mentality]
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  5. Anyone have the email of BA complaints?

  6. Couple of new offers on my cards: Malaysia Airlines, spend £1,000, get £100 back (Platinum card); Qatar Airways, spend £800, get £80 back (Rewards card)

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