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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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

Comments (150)

  • George says:

    OT – I have a reward booking arriving in Madrid at 0605 on a Sunday morning. I’m looking now at a 0815 flight out to Heathrow (also operated by Iberia) for cash. Is there any way to get Iberia to tie the bookings so I can stay airside and check my luggage to destination? Or is it smarter to keep both tickets separate and hope I can get through T4S in time?

    • Shoestring says:

      I don’t think you can re-arrange it prior to flying – but some out-station agents can be quite helpful in booking the luggage all the way through so worth asking

      bit tight in Madrid!

      • Riccatti says:

        @Shoestring

        You really have not used IB enough. That outstation agent will be harshly disciplined for checking your luggage though, and all their third-party ground handing have firm instructions.

    • marcw says:

      You won’t be able to link/tie separate bookings. Remember that IB flights from MAD to LHR depart from T4 and not T4S (IB and Spanish airport operator have some few gates at T4 main terminal for non-shenghen flights, used exclusively by IB and IBExpress).

      Is 2h10 min enough for a immigration, collecting baggage and check-in again? If flight is on time then it’s likely you have plenty of time. The key here is that check-in for your LON flights closes 45 min prior to departure. So as long as you have checked in before 7:30, all good!

      • ChrisC says:

        Except OP does not have 2 hrs 10 mins. They have 1 hr 25 mins as IB bag drop closes 45 mins before the flight. And I’d allow some extra queue time as well.

        • Callum says:

          When I showed up at the airport 15 minutes before takeoff, Iberia let me take my full sized suitcase through security and then stowed it in a cupboard somewhere when I got to the plane. They then did the same on my connection (it was only 60 minutes so not enough time to go and check it.

          Maybe I was just really lucky, but they didn’t blink an eyelid either time, so if you end up missing the bag drop deadline it’s worth a go!

    • Lady London says:

      Personally I think that’s too tight.

    • Riccatti says:

      All previous posters wrong in certain ways, except the Lady 🙂

      At least one Iberia MAD – LHR does goes from T4S in Madrid.

      No Iberia outstation will check through your bags on several tickets, they will not even say sorry and you be lucky if the supervisor not start yelling at you for even making a request.

      If you want flexibility, have buy British Airways flight and fare that is changeable on the day. You have to manage that booking online yourself, and yes you have to take your bags and present yourself at check-in in MAD. If airport agent will not see booking change you have made on ba.com (eg., from 10 am to earlier 8am) — ask them to keep updating (and keep updating).

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Buy a later connection this is way too tight and they won’t check through your luggage.

      A flight a couple hours later will probably only mean an hour or so in the lounge and so much less stress.

    • George says:

      Thanks all for your advice – I will book a later flight and save myself the stress.

  • Richard says:

    OT: Where else can you fly back to the UK from for next to no Fees/taxes? I know Hong Kong is very cheap but is there anywhere else like that?

    I am Avios and Virgin points rich but cash poor!

    • marcw says:

      RFS? There are plenty of interesting EU destinations.

    • Hanif says:

      Brazil, – Sao Paulo / Rio De Janeiro

    • Peter says:

      US to Europe (e.g. AMS, DUB) on Delta with Virgin Miles (not UK). Fees of about $6.

    • Lady London says:

      Brazil

    • Lady London says:

      Out or back : move your avios to Iberia and book from Iberia Plus.

      Read Robs articles first that cover this though so that you don’t get bitten on some of the rule differences but they are fairly clear.

    • Mikeact says:

      Delta, from the US, around €11 charges per person…..but not all flights.

      • Rob says:

        Aer Lingus long haul from Dublin, booked via BA and not avios.com, is about £75 tax return

        Iberia long haul from Madrid, booked via Iberia and not ba.com, is about £175 tax return

        Delta one-way from US to Europe (except the UK) is $5.60 tax for the one way

    • Riccatti says:

      Brazil has new regulations, Resolution 400/17. Apparently the new regulations “forgot to mention” YQ type of fees, creating a legal uncertainty whether the old regulations should apply in that regard, or that there is no policy on that subject altogether.

      The prevailing opinion, there should be no YQ but some airlines re-introduced surcharges. I had strange experience with British Airways — full YQ on departures from Brazil (one-way) charged now in Feb 2020 (and how it was in past) but there was September 2019 period of no YQ charged by ba.com, only airport charges! (which was correct). I am certain of this as I actually made and held a First class booking.

      • pauldb says:

        avios.com will charge you the “right” way: just £21 fees GRU-LON J.

      • pauldb says:

        My understanding is that BA treat the ban as being on tickets departing and BOOKED in Brazil. If you book an ex-Br cash fare on ba.com there is no YQ but by contrast a BAEC booking is always booked in your account home country (charged in GBP) therefor with YQ.

    • pauldb says:

      Japan is cheap, about £100 J back to LON.

      And, harder to make use off, New Zealand. If you could book a QF feed on to BA at SYD (or maybe just on to QF) the fees *should* be modest. If it’s bookable on one ticket, some sort of VA/VS combo seems to have low fees from NZ, and even from Oz.

  • marcw says:

    New IHG offer: X4 points, but based on nights but not stays (X4 points on nights 15+) ihg.com/content/gb/en/deals/member-offers/4x?promocode=96470

    • Harry T says:

      It seems to think I’m already registered when I try to sign up.

    • Lady London says:

      Oh look, there’s another IHG promotion.

      I swear IHG is just throwing mud at the wall in the last 6 months or so and seeing what sticks.

      Now they’re trying to gauge the effect of incentivising nights…. last time it was stays.

      Trouble is, once Accelerate and points breaks are gone I’m struggling to see the USP of IHG. There’s only 1 left for me now and 2/3 other programs are in the queue for my nights ahead of IHG.

      If they’re not careful IHG will end up incentivising mostly nights they would get anyway. Such as corporately compelled bookings. There’s better reasons being provided by other chains to put discretionary nights with other than IHG.

  • Tony says:

    Travelling to Kiev or anywhere in Ukraine, can it be done on avios or Virgin points?

    • Rhys says:

      Yes, most likely from the 13th Feb now that is has been announced that the earn and burn partnership with AF/KLM is going ahead

  • CC says:

    OT Does anyone know roughly how long it takes for hotel accounts to be opened via enrolment on amex platinum? Melia was done next day but the rest have been sitting there pending for nearly a week. Terms say 6 – 8 weeks but is it really that long? Platinum services wont chase it up.

    • Grant says:

      It won’t be far off. Trick is to open the account manually yourself and then add membership details to the revelant page on the Amex website to get the status updated.

      • CC says:

        Thanks. Actually Radisson and Marriot literally just went through so hopefully Hilton will be soon.

  • 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.

    • Tony says:

      Can you do this more than once?

      • Shoestring says:

        not tried yet, did 3x (self/ wife/ son) all to the same address & it wasn’t a problem

        ISTR it looked hopeful you could get a repeat in by changing some details they might check to stop duplicates

    • MattB says:

      Think it’s only £8 odd on standard membership, is there a delivery charge for the card?

  • 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?

  • Shoestring says:

    Calling all private investors in Curve. Got another great project for you to invest in with similar prospects
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7960851/Company-Hyperloop-style-underground-tunnels-delivering-packages-raises-1-5-million.html

    • 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.