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Good British Airways World Traveller Plus flight deals from Switzerland to North America

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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 sale deals

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.

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


British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(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.)

Comments (150)

  • Dan says:

    OT but BA related.

    I am trying to trigger the BA offer for the 3000 avios (spend £300 or more). I made two seperate transactions: the first £237 with BA.com but the second has come up on my Amex App as BA.com Finland for around (£244). Will the second transaction count towards this offer. When I paid, it came up in the app as euros but when it is processed it is showing as pounds (but with the breakdown in conversion)??

    Got 2 weeks before the offers expires but just don’t want to make a rookie error and not get avios!!

    • Dan says:

      Unfortunately got the answer to my own question through Amex Chat and the 2nd transaction is not eligible so will have to think of a way to spend 60 quid of so with BA in the next 2 weeks

      • Lady London says:

        Cancel the second one for free if you’re still within 24hrs

      • ali says:

        2x reward flight savers or a cheap hand baggage only weekend hop to the continent should do the trick

    • meta says:

      You won’t trigger the offer as the second payment was in euros. It’s only valid on transactions directly in pounds.

  • MattB says:

    Shoestring – I’ve lost track of insurance opportunities….just cancelled my HSBC through More than after cashing out £100 to avios, and also my virgin life policy (should have done that one 10 months ago but still got the 10k virgin miles for around £35).

    Did the pet ones for me and the wife yesterday, any other half decent opportunities for us thirty something’s??

    • BJ says:

      L&G over 50 if you’re that age, otherwise MSM.

    • LewisB says:

      What’s the Virgin life policy deal?

      • MattB says:

        A long dead offer, it was 10k points for min 6 months policy which you could get for around £2/£3 a month.

        • Shoestring says:

          some of us are multi-dipping on MT, personally I’m not doing the same combo (ie end insurer is different). It wasn’t an issue getting paid for 2 each LY, so I don’t anticipate any issues, but even for an old frat like me, it’s on;y a couple of £s/ month so no lose situation, ie cheap life ins if bonus fails to pay this time

  • Spurs Debs says:

    April 1st has come early. Ignore the idiot.

  • Lady London says:

    Hmmm misogynist, racist, ageist, classist. Good going mate.

    Always remembering getting the ‘wrong’ person in customer service can be useful too. Like the fabled ‘Dennis’ in British Midland CS.

  • BJ says:

    OT @Shoestring, I just got the request to choose my L&G giftcard via post. A bit surprised it was not via email. I remain hopeful we will boost our returns by receiving them early. Last time I did it the giftcard arrived within a month of choosing IIRC.

  • nick says:

    Struggling to cancel the Virgin Premium Card – my statement is due to be generated tonight (midnight) with the new £160 view

    I called last week to cancel – paid off outstanding amount using a debit card. Still pending 3 days later. Virgin said they cannot close until clears.

    Crazy system – i have a feeling I will struggle to get my £160 back if it appears overnight.

    • Andrew says:

      Why you did you choose to settle by debit card rather than by Faster Payment? The latter would be for near immediate value where time was of the essence.

      • nick says:

        Thought would be instantaneous – like debit card payments to amex

        • David says:

          You could overpay it by faster payment today. Then reclaim the overpay as well.

    • Charlieface says:

      They’re talking garbage. FCA rules say they must let you close a credit card or other ongoing loan and pay off at the standard payment date.
      You have a good case for compo if they charge you.

  • BJ says:

    OT: Anybody else having a problem with RFF premium alerts? While I am receiving them, they are not accurately reflecting the availability on RFF itself over the last day or two.

  • Martha says:

    Data point.
    Tried to change an avios booking for inbound once outbound was flown. Booked in first with only PE available on the day I want to change to available. Will cost £50 and no refund on avios.
    Where possible I will book as 2 one ways to avoid this in future.

    • Mikeact says:

      This has always been the recommended way to go…far more flexibility.

    • Jonathan says:

      Depends where you’re flying. Two one ways to North America will cost substantially more in carrier surcharges than a return. Going East there may be a saving as 2 one ways.

      • Mikeact says:

        Maybe, but I like the flexibility to be able to cancel/change while away. We’re on a one way with BA shortly, to L.A….with the companion voucher it is still great value for money going Club, compared to cash.
        Probably come back Delta…around €11 charges, each.

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