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British Airways announces long-haul economy flight improvements

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British Airways is bringing genuine improvements to its World Traveller economy cabin in the form of a new cushion and blanket design for passengers (photo below).

After the World Traveller Plus (premium economy) overhaul last year, World Traveller was up next for an upgrade.

The new soft product is now being rolled out across the fleet starting with Heathrow as of yesterday.  Gatwick flights will get the new items from 1st March.

British Airways new conomy cushion blanket

The new cushion and blankets replace the rather uninspiring existing ones: a brown fleece blanket and a thin square cushion in a plasticky single-use case. Apart from being really, really ugly (!) the old cushion and blanket bore no resemblance to the rest of BA’s design language.

The cushion features a similar herringbone design to the pillow and blanket in World Traveller Plus, albeit in all blue.

You can learn more about what you get from British Airways World Traveller on this page of

PS.  If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons to get the FREE British Airways American Express card.

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

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

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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.

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Comments (150)

  • Ant says:

    OT: any idea where i can find a list of all BA flights from London? Considering cancelling my 241 flights to HK over Easter but not sure where we would like to go instead. This would help us with some ideas.

    • BJ says:

      Save the avios and take flights to Rio with TAP for not much more than the cash element of your redemptions? Tgere was a code for 20%off too valid through 5 February IIRC. Free stopovers allowed in Porto and Lisbon too.

      • Ant says:

        The problem is we booked to go from HK to Palawan and these flights are non cancellable . So I need to wait for flights to be cancelled or the FCO advising not to go for my travel insurance to kick in before i cancel

        • Lee says:

          Flights from Hong kong to Philippines from yesterday are being cancelled after Philippines government intervened. Check with your airline.

    • idrive says:

      Well it seems a lot of people will have the same issue with reorganising the trip…I am in the same situation, had around a 20 days off holiday scheduled for end of March with the idea of visiting Malaysia, Taiwan Japan and depart from PVG but it seems like this will not happen. Not sure If I am going to go somewhere else and finding last minute award seat with BA…good luck.
      You may be lucky with Delta/KLM now..I am curious to see the award table, I may come out of this as a winner…for once!

    • Andrew says:

      Back pages of “High Life” magazine?

      Alternatively, you could use Google Flights to search “London” to “Europe”, “Asia”, “USA” etc and limit the search to direct and OneWorld.

      Using the ITA matrix would probably give you more refined results, but it’s not for everyone.

      • Rob says:

        The two articles in our footer on desktop (list of all BA routes by tier points, list of all BA routes by Avios needed) are pretty much complete. Portland may not be on.

  • ali says:

    Qatar £80 off £800 Amex Offer:
    T&C’s say GBP spend departing ex-UK only
    Does anyone know if there’s a way of getting non-GBP fares to charge in GBP on the Qatar website?

  • Tony says:

    Travelling inbound to UK on BA in first today. Flight is delayed 1h + 40m. Do I need to check in according to original flight time or later delayed flight time?

  • Ming the Merciless says:

    OT – I’ve requalified for IHG Spire. from memory there was a 20,000 bonus, how do you claim it. iI think it was one of the “benefits”. any idea where id find it in my account?

    Thanks in advance

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      It will show in your account messages or offers and you should receive an email also.

    • Rob says:

      25k. It is in your online account as one of the menu options (not very helpful I know!). However when you log in it should say on the welcome screen ‘You have x unclaimed benefits’ which link also works.

      • Ming the Merciless says:

        Strange – nothing received since 2018. thanks for your help -I’ve raised it as an issue with IHG

  • Chris says:

    OT: Looking to book first to SA with a companion voucher. What’s the best route (Cape Town or Joberg) for better planes/seats/availability if anyone knows please? TIA

    • Rhys says:

      Joburg gets A380s, Cape Town 747 and Durban 787. Take your pick!

      • Harry T says:

        Usually no availability to Cape Town in First. You can fly to Jo’burg and catch a Comair flight to Cape Town with Avios. Or pay cash.

      • Chris says:

        Ooh amazing! Think I’ll take the A380!

    • Qrfan says:

      Cape town is ex T3 (no Concorde lounge but good alternatives) and antique 747s if that makes any difference.

  • Stu_N says:

    Has anyone used the summer regional BA Cityflier services? Considering Edinbugh – Florence; the timings work for us and saves changing in LHR.

    Is it normal BACF service, i.e. snack and drinkies in Y and decent hot food and drinks in J? J is not much dearer and the tier points might just about make it worthwhile.

    • Harry T says:

      Usually good value for Avios redemptions because the cash prices are high. Haven’t flown it but have looked into it. I’m not convinced club is worth paying extra cash or Avios for on that plane but if you need the tier points…

      • Stu_N says:

        Agreed – normally very little to recommend CE on City flights especially if you have BA status. You get a drink and it’s 2+2 seating anyway – but the TPs would be useful and it’s only about £50.

        Annoyingly, EDI-FLR is >1,000 miles but only 40TPs.

    • Michael says:

      Are Cityflyer flights processed in the same way as BA? i.e. will Cityflyer flights booked with BAPP trigger 3xAvios?

      • EvilDoctorK says:

        Yes – posts as a normal transaction to your Amex card – no difference at all to regular BA flights in terms of how it hits your card.

  • Paul Stevens says:

    Just had the email confirming my flight from Narita is cancelled and rescheduled to Haneda. I don’t mind. But when I try and click to accept the rescheduled flight BA’s amazing IT system gives me an error.

  • Spurs Debs says:

    O/T. For those people with flights booked out of Narita to London from March 28th BA are stopping flights and changing to Haneda.
    I had email with my flight being changed, new flight back is depart 13.00 hours arrive LHR 17.25

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