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British airways' world traveller plus premium economy cabin: everything you need to know.

A look at the UK flag carrier's premium economy offering.

Today we will look at British Airways World Traveller Plus premium economy and see what it offers and if it is worth the extra money. While the concept of a premium economy cabin may sound relatively new, the idea of providing a nicer economy cabin has been around for just over 30 years. Taiwanese carrier EVA Air introduced premium economy seating on its Boeing 747-400s. Instead of calling it premium economy EVA Air called it "Evergreen Class."

EVA Air's upgraded economy seating did not go unnoticed by other airlines and was soon copied by the United Kingdom-based airline Virgin Atlantic in 1992. British Airways did not want to be outdone by a rival and created its premium economy product shortly afterward.

Premium economy allows you a free second suitcase

Before we talk more about British Airways World Traveller Plus premium economy, it's worth pointing out that "economy" is the key word here. While you may have a slightly bigger, more comfortable, reclining seat and extra legroom, it is in no way comparable to flying business class.

There are, however, advantages to flying premium economy over regular economy. The first is being able to check in a second suitcase for free. British Airways would charge extra for a second bag, which, in some cases, may result in the same total price as what it would cost you to book premium economy.

A friend recently flew on TAP Portugal from Miami to Lisbon and needed to bring two suitcases. When he saw what the Portuguese carrier wanted for the second piece of luggage, it was a no-brainer upgrading to premium economy as it was nearly the same price.

Wider seats and more legroom

British Airways premium economy passengers also get priority boarding which means you are in tier three, with first and business class passengers boarding first. British Airways' World Traveller Plus cabin is between business and economy classes and configured in a 2+4+2 layout.

It offers 18.5-inch seats with an 8% recline, which is great for sleeping but not so good if the person in front of you wants to recline fully, as it intrudes on your personal space. Each seat has individual charging points, and legroom is a generous 38 inches with a footrest. Each seat has a 10.6-inch inflight entertainment screen allowing you to watch hundreds of the latest movies and TV shows.

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WiFi is available on British Airways flights, but sadly even though you are flying in World Traveller Plus, you still have to pay for it. World Traveller Plus passengers also get noise-canceling headphones and an amenity kit. Unfortunately, the World Traveller Plus cabin has no restrooms, so you share the toilets with economy passengers.

Food and drinks

World Traveller Plus passengers are offered a welcome aboard drink: water, orange juice, or sparkling wine. Meals vary depending on the time of the day. If you are flying from New York to London, for example, flights are generally in the evening so you arrive in the UK early in the morning.

After taking off, the cabin crew comes round with the drink trolley, and then a little while later, the meal service begins. If you expect to get the kind of food served in business class, you will be disappointed as it is only marginally better than what is provided in economy. Later in the flight, before landing, a second meal service is given, which is more like a snack than a meal.

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British Airways World Traveller Plus Review [2023]

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After a rocky flight across the pond, I decided to do a British Airways World Traveller Plus Review. Is it worth the cost? Read on.

There are few things that make me happier while travelling than getting an upgrade on a long flight. That is what happened in this British Airways World Traveller Plus review…and I’m not sure why. I have theories and will share them in a post soon, but for now, know that this British Airways World Traveller Plus review is by no means sponsored but did make this guy one happy flier.

That said, let’s find out if Is BA World Traveller Plus worth it.

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BA World Traveller Plus Review Summary

British Airways World Traveller Plus is a premium economy class that offers extra legroom, a wider seat, and other amenities. The cabin features a 2-3-2 seating configuration, personal in-flight entertainment screens, and a complimentary amenity kit.

The food and service are generally regarded as good, and passengers can also enjoy priority boarding and additional baggage allowance. However, the seats may not recline as much as some passengers would like, and the cost may be relatively high compared to other premium economy offerings.

Overall, British Airways World Traveller Plus is a solid option for those looking for a more comfortable travel experience without breaking the bank.

What Is The Difference Between British Airways Premium Economy & Business Class?

Economy Plus should really be thought of as “Business Class M inus .” For the most part, the service is the same minus the lay flatbeds. From what I saw while boarding and exiting the British Airways 747-400 on a recent trip to Europe, the Business Class seats are not that spread out and looked crowded…at least more so than flying Swiss Air or EgyptAir . Curious, and as I always do, on my return trip I spoke with the agent at the customer service desk. “How much for an upgrade to Business Class?” I said with a smile. To my horror, the agent said it would be over $7,000!

Paying an additional $7,000 at check-in seems incredibly dumb. An extra $390 for premium economy on a 9 1/2 hour flight, not so much. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do either and got an upgrade for free.

With that in mind, here is my British Airways World Traveller Plus review and why I think it offers some serious value.

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Route: London to Vancouver Aircraft: 747-400 Seat: 35B Highlights : Entertainment and High Tea Low lights:  Meals

How to Upgrade to BA World Traveller Plus

To upgrade to BA World Traveller Plus, you can do so in a few ways:

  • During booking: When booking your flight, you can choose to upgrade to World Traveller Plus during the booking process. You will see the option to upgrade if it is available for your flight.
  • Online: If you have already booked your flight, you can check to see if an upgrade is available through the Manage My Booking section of the British Airways website.
  • At the airport: You may also be able to upgrade to World Traveller Plus at the airport on the day of your flight, subject to availability.

Keep in mind that upgrading typically comes at an additional cost, so you should weigh the benefits against the extra expense to determine if BA World Traveller Plus is worth it for you.

British Airways World Traveller Plus Review – Seats

World Traveller Plus Review - British Airways Take on Premium Economy

British Airways website boasts wider seats and more legroom in Premium Economy which, although true, is by no means spacious. There is ample legroom, decent recline, and a footrest for stretching out. 

Note: seats are  2×4×2 on the BA 747–400 so ensure to book seats A/B or H/J for maximum comfort!

World Traveller Plus Review - British Airways Take on Premium Economy

British Airways World Traveller Plus Review – Service

Essentially, the meal service, amenities, and entertainment system are the same as Business Class. Seats include USB power and standard outlets (Europe and UK style). Where British Airways Economy Plus really differs from Economy Class is the seats and entertainment system.

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World Traveller Plus Review - British Airways Take on Premium Economy

The amenities bag on this World Traveller Plus review was standard but lacking compared to those I found on Swissair , EgyptAir , and  Turkish Airlines.  Inside you will find earplugs, socks, a toothbrush and paste, a pen, and an eye mask.

Also inside you will find premium headphones, a nice touch, however, I prefer to stick to my favourite travel companion – the Bose-QuietComfort-25.

World Traveller Plus Review - British Airways Take on Premium Economy

One negative on this World Traveller Plus review was the dinner tray. Mine sagged heavily in the middle which made eating and writing a bit awkward. A minor annoyance in the end but an annoyance nonetheless.

BA World Traveller Plus Review –  Food & Drink

World Traveller Plus Review - British Airways Take on Premium Economy

Meals in Premium Economy are similar to what is served in Business Class except that they are not presented as nicely…or so I hope. Beyond the sloppy presentation, the food was just OK. I had an overcooked piece of beef with salty gravy and a neon salad.

The highlight of the meal service aboard this British Airways flight was the highest High Tea I have ever had. Well played BA.

World Traveller Plus Review - British Airways Take on Premium Economy

World Traveller Plus Review –  Entertainment

The entertainment system is a huge upgrade over those found in Economy. The screen is much larger, brighter, and more responsive than those found in coach. My screen on the flight to Europe in Economy was so bad I could not get through a single movie. No worries, I made up for it in World Traveller Plus.

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So, is British Airways World Traveller Plus Worth it?

World Traveller Plus Review - British Airways Take on Premium Economy

Given my experience in Economy ( and recent reports of bedbugs! ), I believe an upgrade to British Airways World Traveller Plus is worth it for the extra pounds, especially if you are flying long distances. If you are looking to just sleep and can do so in cramped spaces then there’s not much for you in an upgrade.

As mentioned, I was upgraded but feel that BA World Traveller Plus is worth it for the extra comfort, meals, and space.

If you want to enjoy business-class services and amenities at a fraction of the cost (minus the lay flatbed) then the upgrade to British Airways World Travel Plus is highly recommended.

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British Airways World Traveller Plus Review: Is it Worth It? 2023

By: Author Amanda OBrien

Posted on Last updated: 28/09/2023

In 2017 I flew premium economy with Qantas Sydney to Hong Kong return. It was a fantastic experience.

In fact, it was so good it made me question if I could really justify the extra amount to fly business class if it wasn’t an Australia – Europe/US flight.

So when was looking at flying from London to New York – and then Los Angeles to London return – I thought I would give British Airways World Traveller Plus a shot. Which I did back in 2018 and I recently flew with British Airways World Traveller Plus post-Covid in 2022.

I’m going to kick off with an update from 2022 when I flew from Portland to London Heathrow with British Airways in premium economy. My older review involved flying out of London Heathrow so it has quite a bit of information on checking in at Heathrow etc.

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British Airways World Traveller Plus Review (2017): Online Check-In

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After a long break flying with British Airways in World Traveller Plus I signed up again to try them out in July of 2022. I was flying from London to Washington DC , and then home to London out of Portland. I received an offer that was too good to refuse to upgrade to business class on the flight from Heathrow to Washington DC. This review update covers the Portland to London Heathrow leg in premium economy.

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I somehow managed to end up on British Airways’s first (not sure if this is the first ever flight but it was certainly the first for a while) direct flight out of Portland to Heathrow. Everyone was in a great mood and there was even cake and sandwiches at the boarding gate for everyone!

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As such, we had a very nice new 787 that I believe was a Dreamliner. Few things make me happier than realizing that I am on a relatively new plane as it always means a huge improvement in the premium economy experience.

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When I mentioned to the crew that Virgin Atlantic offers its premium economy passengers prosecco the attendant even went and got me a glass of champagne from business class! As I said, all were in a joyous mood.

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To be honest, not a lot has changed since the last time I flew World Traveller Plus with British Airways. The 787 I was on had only three rows of premium economy seats. I quite liked this as it normally means faster service and I feel more of a sense of space when the area is smaller. The seat layout was 2-3-2.

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I had booked in my window seat when I booked the flight as I always do on overnight flights (I find it worth it to pay a bit extra at booking to achieve this).

One thing that has improved is the quality of the headphones in premium economy which are now noise cancelling. Also, the quality of the food on offer has improved. I enjoyed a very nice steak.

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The Dreamliner 787 also has new touch-operated window screens and better cabin pressurization. If you are able to choose your flight and can see the different planes available, I suggest checking to find the Dreamliner 787 option for world traveller plus as it is definitely a step above premium economy on some of BA’s other planes.

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Unfortunately, things with British Airways World Traveler plus did not get off to a good start. Two days before my flight I went on to the British Airways app and was able to reserve one of the aisles British Airways Premium Economy seats – great.

The next day, when I went to actually check in online I was told that my passport number was wrong and that I wasn’t able to check in.

I then had issues with my uber so only arrived at the airport 90 minutes before my British Airways flight.

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I went and used the check-in machine for my premium economy British Airways flight and my seat had changed to a window – which was good news for me. Then I went to the desk for bag drop.

When the attendant is on the phone for some time when all you do is drop your bag, it is not a good sign. I was told by the attendant that I had been “sneaky” taking the window seat.

I was quite annoyed by this and asked how could I be sneaky when the app had done this for me. I was then told that they had overbooked business class and that seat had been meant for someone who was being downgraded to premium economy on British Airways – which meant they now wanted to move me to British Airways economy class.

I was so annoyed. It really makes me furious when airlines do this. Or should I say when British Airways do this as they are the only airline that has tried to bump me from flights several times due to overbooking.

In what other industry would an organization take your money ahead of time and then when you turned up to experience that service be told that you couldn’t as they had overbooked – and that apparently this was fine?

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It is a major problem as a solo traveler as we are at the top of the list when it comes to who gets bumped first when it comes to air travel.

A British Airways staff member once told me that the safest people were those also flying with British Airways from a connecting airport eg Manchester to London and then on to say NY, followed by groups, followed by families and then by couples.

Only the male solo traveler is worse off than the female solo traveler. My annoyance was greater as I had injured my ankle in Nepal earlier that year and absolutely could not have sat in an economy seat for several hours without problems.

Luckily I had a letter from my doctor with me (I had it in case my ankle got worse and I needed medical treatment) so I was able to produce this and say I had to stay in British Air premium economy.

I ended up in British Airways Economy Plus but not without quite a bit of undue stress and frustration. This experience alone has been enough to really put me off flying with British Airways.

I do find it outrageous that you can be potentially bumped like this – and that the staff always seem to act like this is of no consequence and why are you getting upset? OK rant over!

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Anyway, the flight was then at Gate A10 at Terminal 5, which means a very long bus trip. I thought we were driving to New York.

BA World Traveller Plus also means no lounge access and no priority seating.

The British Airways World Traveller Plus 777 plane was a little old and compared to Qantas it felt a lot less spacious. The seat layout was 4 in the middle and 2 on each side.

I was on the side thank goodness. I would have been very unhappy to have paid for premium economy and to have had one of the extreme middle seats.

I often wonder who ends up in these seats – are they the people that don’t make sure they do early online check-in? Or maybe they are more tolerant than me.

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British Airways Premium Economy 747 has good quality headphones which were nice. The British Airways premium economy product also does have a very good in-flight entertainment system.

The British Airways Premium Economy in-flight amenity kit was not bad – socks, eye mask, earplugs, toothbrush and a pen. Great idea to have a pen as everyone needs one on a flight.

There is a lot of legroom and the seats are comfortable on the British Airways 787 Premium Economy flight. I was also pleased to see that there were 2 USB ports in the seat ahead and then 2 power points between the seats.

The food was a big positive for this World Traveller plus review 777 writer. It did feel like an upgrade from economy. We were also offered a lovely glass of sparkling wine before take-off.

british airways world traveller plus main meal

One of my favourite features of British Airways premium economy 777 is that they have a very useful brochure which explains all the features and benefits of the world traveler plus seat – this is such a good idea.

Every premium economy and business class seat is different and you don’t want to miss out when good features can be used.

There was also a good-sized storage locker next to the window which was handy – another reason trying to get the window seat is one of my top tips.

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In March 2018 British Airways made major upgrades to its World Traveller and British Airways Premium Economy 777 cabins at Gatwick on their Boeing 777s.

Both cabins have had their entertainment screens increased by 50% in size. I’m looking forward to checking out the new six-way headrest.

Interestingly these new planes will feature a considerable increase in the number of World Traveller Plus seats – coming from a reduction in Club World. Premium Economy is on the rise.

So what about the rest of the fleet? World Traveller Plus is a major improvement on World Traveller, which doesn’t offer the best seats. Also, there are few opportunities to upgrade within World Traveller – apart from the exit rows.

If you have a long flight or an overnight flight I think the upgrade cost is absolutely worth it.

Theoretically, being in BA World Traveller Plus means it is easier/more likely that you can be upgraded to Club World. BA does offer paid opportunities for upgrades but not all the time – and not necessarily at the best prices.

The best way to check if this is an option for your flight is to visit the Manage My Booking page. The price generally varies between 400 and 700 GBPs.

For frequent flyers, Avios points are a good option for upgrading – or combining Avios points with payment. It is not normally the best use of Avios to upgrade (they tend to be their most effective for less-visited longer trips in economy class in my experience) but it is a good option.

Finally, if you are a frequent flyer and flying World Traveller Plus there is a greater opportunity for an upgrade. This will most likely happen when World Traveller Plus has been booked out and business class has seats.

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Overall, the seat itself is the key difference between world traveller and world traveller plus on British Airways.

On Qantas and other airlines, there does feel like there is more of a difference between the two cabins – particularly when it comes to service.

I was flying with British Airways when they were having extensive problems as an airline so it could not have been fun to be working for them at that time.

However, I am paying the extra and in my view, I do expect a slightly better service. I would hesitate to take British Airways Premium Economy again – mostly driven by nearly being downgraded to economy.

I don’t want to have to worry about this when I am headed to Heathrow. I, of course, would fly with them if there was a good enough deal, but they have certainly moved down my list after this experience.

Here is BA’s full rundown on their premium economy offer and The Telegraph’s Comparisons of Premium Economy Offers including British Airways Premium Economy Reviews

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World traveller plus on British Airways is premium economy. This is a class between economy and business class.

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No, you do not get lounge access with a British Airways World Traveller Plus ticket.

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Yes, World Traveller Plus travelers on British Airways get priority boarding and check-in.

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No, World Traveller Plus customers on British Airways do not get to use the fast track queue for security.

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The seats in British Airways World Traveller Plus generally have a 38 inch pitch and are 18.5 inches wide. The seats are 1 inch wider than economy and the pitch is 7 inches greater than economy.

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Amanda O’Brien is the creator and editor of The Boutique Adventurer. She has visited 80 countries and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers as well as the IFTWTA. She is passionate about wine had has just completed Level 3 of the WSET. Born in Australia, she lives in London.

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Journeying John

Sunday 5th of March 2023

Glad your food was ok and an upgrade but I have to reportthe reverse, bith in and oit of India, there was no choice and what was actually served was worse than mkat carriers economy meals. As for BA's IT systems and contempt for customers who habe paid for a service they don't recieve. Your experience is far from unique and I wonder if you would ever have got any form of compensation had you not had the ankle injury. BA or the UK brand of IAG are #BestAvoided today.

Amanda OBrien

Wednesday 15th of March 2023

I doubt it on the compensation front John! Luckily BA seems to be getting better but I am still nervous about being kicked off flights when I am travelling solo

Jean-Pierre

Tuesday 21st of February 2023

Interesting you had problems with entering your passport information when checking-in. This has happened twice to me using the BA website. The two occasions have been years apart so BA have not fixed their website.

I eventually found a telephone number to call for website support and after about 40 minutes the agent was able to get my passport info to take. It was very frustrating, especially after paying for the upgrade to World Traveler Plus, the taking more money part of their website works very well.

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British Airways World Traveller

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British Airways is a major European carrier based in London. Chances are, wherever you want to go in Europe and beyond, British Airways or one of its Oneworld alliance or codeshare partners can get you there.

British Airways offers four classes of service: first, business , premium economy and economy — although not all of its planes have every cabin type.

What you will find on every plane is British Airways economy class. On long-haul flights, it’s called World Traveller. On most short-haul routes, it goes by the name Euro Traveller.

Here’s what you can expect when traveling in British Airways economy class as well as several tips on how to maximize value should you decide to book a ticket.

World Traveller is British Airways’ economy cabin for long-haul flights outside of Europe. It’s similar to other airlines’ economy offerings on international routes, providing free meals, entertainment options and, in some cases, a baggage allowance. 

There are two types of tickets available to World Traveller passengers: basic and standard. Basic fares will be less expensive, but don’t include as many perks as a standard ticket. 

Here’s what all World Travellers passengers can expect, whether you’ve purchased a basic or standard fare: 

Food and beverage. World Traveller passengers receive complimentary food, including a starter, main course and dessert, plus cold, hot and alcoholic drinks. On longer flights, there is a second meal and mid-flight snacks. Children’s meals are also available.

Entertainment. Personal entertainment screens and headphones are available for all World Traveller passengers, with access to hundreds of films, short-subject programs and music. Children’s programming is available too, and parents have the option to switch on a parental lock for unapproved channels.

Seats. World Traveller seats come with a headrest, pillow and blanket. Across British Airways’ fleet, its World Traveller cabins are in the process of being updated. For that reason, they may vary in style and size depending on aircraft and route. For example, Boeing 777-200 aircraft flying from London Gatwick now have seats with a six-way headrest and movable middle armrests. 

Power outlets. A growing number of planes now offer 110V AC power outlets in addition to the USB outlet available to economy passengers.

Amenity kit. Passengers can request a small amenity kit with a dental set, socks and eyeshades.

Priority boarding for families. Those with infants or children in a stroller can board early.

There are two areas where your benefits will differ depending on if you choose a basic or standard World Traveller fare: seat selection and luggage allowance. 

Seat selection. Choosing a standard fare allows you to select your seat 24 hours before departure. If you purchase a basic fare, you’ll be assigned a seat on the day of departure. Earlier seat selection options are available for a fee.

Baggage allowance. If you purchase a basic fare, you can only travel with a carry-on bag and personal item, whereas a standard fare ticket also allows you to check one bag up to 50 pounds for free. Additional baggage options are available but will cost you extra.

» Learn more: The guide to British Airways Executive Club

Short-haul flying on British Airways is quite different. These flights offer far fewer amenities, which can come as a surprise to those who are accustomed to taking long-haul World Traveller flights.

There are three fare classes for Euro Traveller tickets: basic, Plus and Plus Flex. The basic fare, similar to the World Traveller version, offers fewer benefits for a lower cost, while Plus and Plus Flex give you a few more options.

So, what do Euro Traveller passengers get on British Airways? All passengers, regardless of fare class, will receive:

Food and beverage. Passengers receive a light snack and a bottle of water. Everything else is for sale from the Speedbird Cafe, including coffee and tea. Advance online purchase of meals and drinks is recommended if you want to make sure your selections are available on board.

Wi-Fi and entertainment. Despite the short duration of these trips, the airline offers online connectivity on most flights.

Seats. Euro Traveller passengers will sit in leather seats with movable headrests and in-seat power.

Similar to World Traveller tickets, Euro Traveller benefits, such as seat selection and baggage fees, will vary depending on the type of fare you select. 

Seat selection. Basic economy passengers will receive an assigned seat when they check in — unless they have British Airways elite status , which allows them to select a seat sooner. For Plus fares, passengers can choose their preferred seat within 48 hours of departure, and Plus Flex fares come with free seat selection at any time.

Baggage. Basic fare passengers can bring a carry-on bag and personal item but will have to pay to check any luggage. Plus and Plus Flex passengers can bring a carry-on bag and a personal item and can check one bag for free.

Flexibility: Basic fares only allow you to change your ticket if you pay a fee and any difference in price. Plus passengers can make same-day flight changes for free, but will pay a fee and fare difference for other changes. Neither of these fares offers refunds for canceled tickets. Plus Flex fares allow free same-day changes, a refund for cancellation and the ability to make fee-free changes to their ticket at any time.

» Learn more: The guide to British Airways fees

Travelers with room in their budget might consider upgrading their economy ticket to the airline’s premium economy option, dubbed World Traveller Plus .

The difference between British Airways World Traveller Plus and an economy ticket is that World Traveller Plus offers these amenities:

Fewer rows with more spacious seats in a separate cabin.

A guarantee of two meals, regardless of flight length.

More free baggage allowance. World Traveller Plus passengers can bring both a carry-on bag and personal item on board and can check up to two bags.

Priority boarding in Group 3 (rather than Groups 4-9).

Whether you're booking a British Airways economy ticket using miles or cash, there are a few ways to maximize value. 

Book with miles

British Airways Executive Club operates on a distance-based award system . This means redeeming Avios (the airline’s loyalty currency) for shorter, direct flights will bring you the best value for your miles. 

» Learn more: Best uses of British Airways Avios

Transfer points from partners

Executive Club is a transfer partner with many programs, although the transfer ratio will vary (and there's sometimes a minimum transfer requirement). Transfer partner programs include:

Accor All Live Limitless (2:1).

American Express Membership Rewards (1:1).

Capital One Rewards (1:1).

Chase Ultimate Rewards (1:1).

Hilton Honors (10:1).

IHG One Rewards (5:1).

Marriott Bonvoy (3:1).

Radisson Rewards Americas (10:1).

World of Hyatt (2.5:1).

Bonus point transfers

On occasion, credit card companies may offer a transfer bonus when moving miles or points from a credit card program to Executive Club. Keep an eye out for these, and see what’s been offered in the past . 

» Learn more: The best travel credit cards right now

Look for Reward Flight Saver awards

Reward Flight Saver awards impose reduced taxes and fees, which vastly increases their potential value. To book one, you need to be an Executive Club member and you must have earned at least one Avios in your account within the past year.

Euro Traveller Reward Flight Saver round-trip awards start at 18,500 Avios plus one British Pound. World Traveller Reward Flight Saver round-trip awards start at 50,000 Avios plus 100 British Pounds.

Pay with Avios and cash

If you can’t pay for a British Airways economy flight totally in cash or totally in miles, you can use a combination of Avios and money. In doing so, you’ll still be able to earn Avios and Tier Points in the Executive Club program, too.

Use miles to upgrade your flight

You may be able to upgrade to a higher cabin using Avios or Avios plus cash if the price makes sense. Just be aware that the lowest airfare classes cannot be upgraded, and upgrade requests must be handled before arriving at the airport.

» Learn more: How (and why) to upgrade your British Airways flight using Avios

Book with the right credit card

As with other flights, when you use a card that provides bonus points for booking air travel, you can really maximize your value. Even if traveling in economy, you may be earning lots of bonus points. We recommend using a card with travel protections when booking a flight. 

Booking through a travel portal

On occassion, there are also bonuses for using credit card travel portals to book your flights. Here are some of the top travel portals that sometimes offer bonus points:

American Express .

Capital One .

Using a travel portal, however, is like using a travel agency. If you have issues with your travel plans, you’ll likely need to work those out with the agency that operates the travel portal. 

» Learn more: The pros and cons of online travel agencies

British Airways offers two economy products — World Traveller and Euro Traveller. Which one you use will depend on the length and type of the flight.

Both are similar to what many U.S. carriers offer on both long- and short-haul flights, which means you should expect more perks on longer flights than on shorter jaunts.

It’s also important to understand the different fare types, even within economy class, as there can be restrictions that can affect your flight plans.

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  • Enjoy a baggage allowance of 1 checked bag of up to 23kg
  • On Board: The friendly and professional crew on board are always on hand, providing a complimentary bar service throughout your flight as well as tasty meals.
  • Everything has been shaped to suit your comfort. Your ergonomically designed seat comes with lumbar support, headrest and recline. Blankets, cushions, eye masks and flight socks are also provided.
  • With a ‘feed Kids first policy’ and children's activity packs available on board, you can rest assured that if you are traveling with children, everything has been thought of to make your life easier.
  • On board entertainment choices are available to suit every mood and age,so you can all sit back and enjoy the latest films, TV programs, cartoons, games, audio books and radio stations.

World Traveler Plus

  • Enjoy a baggage allowance of 2 checked bags of up to 23kg each
  • Enjoy the luxury of 20% more personal space than World Traveler with an additional seven inches legroom and a wider seat.
  • Your armchair style seat comes with adjustable head, foot and leg rest and the quieter, stress-free surroundings of the smaller, more private cabin which has a maximum of six rows. Relax and take advantage of this affordable premium.
  • Additionally you can tuck in to an upgraded dining experience and the other additional amenities; chose your complimentary newspaper and make yourself comfortable with your cushion, blanket and amenity kit.
  • If you need to do some last minute work on the flight before your vacation begins, all seats in World Traveler Plus have laptop power and an in-seat phone.
  • All seats in World Traveler Plus have a personal screen and noise reducing headphones. With over 200 entertainment options on demand to suit every mood.

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A smooth ride across the Atlantic: A review of British Airways World Traveller Plus on the new daytime flight from Newark to London

Ben Smithson

I have a secret to avoiding jet lag when flying across the Atlantic.

While most flights from the East Coast of the U.S. to London depart in the evening and arrive in the United Kingdom the following morning, there are a handful of daytime flights that depart in the morning and land in the evening of the same day. And I cannot recommend them enough .

These flights are commonly under six hours in length, so too short for a good night's sleep regardless of the cabin. But by taking a daytime flight I can easily stay awake for the fairly short trip, sleep in a real bed in London at a normal bedtime hour when I get there and wake up the following morning with no jet lag.

When British Airways recently announced a new daytime service to Heathrow Airport (LHR) from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), it became a prime opportunity for me to revisit the airline's premium economy service on my preferred schedule and see what the product was like these days. Here's how the experience went.

Related: Why I don't think premium economy is worth the ticket price

British Airways operates two to three daily services from Newark to London depending on the time of year. While at least one service departs in the evening, the new daytime flight departs Newark at 7:55 a.m. daily, arriving in London at a civilized 7:45 p.m. It is scheduled at seven hours in length, though the flight is usually at least one hour faster than this because of the tailwinds.

Round-trip cash fares in British Airways World Traveller Plus (the formal name for its premium economy product) on this route start at $2,076 during the quieter winter months, about three times the price of World Traveller (economy) for the same dates.

One-way fares start from $940 in World Traveller Plus, or $586 in World Traveller, though you can expect to pay almost twice this much on busy summer dates.

There was good award availability for this new flight, so my ticket was booked using 26,000 Avios and $298 in taxes, fees and those pesky British Airways fuel surcharges for a one-way flight on an off-peak date. The fees, taxes and surcharges were paid with The Platinum Card® from American Express , which earns 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar on purchases made directly with airlines (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), picking up an additional 1,490 Membership Rewards points, worth $29.80 by TPG's current valuations .

You can earn enough Avios required to book this flight round-trip with a single welcome bonus. The British Airways Visa Signature Card earns 75,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. There's also a 10% discount on British Airways flights originating in the U.S. when booking through a dedicated site, up to $600 per calendar year in statement credits for those frustrating award flight fees year, and the ability to earn a Travel Together ticket after you spend $30,000 on the card in a calendar year. Cardmembers will receive a $100 statement credit per reward flight booking in economy (World Traveller) or premium economy (World Traveller Plus), or an up $200 statement credit for all other reward flight bookings in business (Club World) and First.

British Airways has the frustrating policy of charging for seat selection in all cabins except First. Prices for my flight to London ranged from $60 for a center seat in the back rows up to $95 for a window seat in the front few rows of the cabin. Executive Club and Oneworld elite members, fortunately, can select their seats free of charge at the time of booking. So, with my Oneworld Sapphire status, I opted for a window seat in Row 18 at no charge.

Ground experience

I regularly fly out of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) , but this was only my second time at Newark and my first time at Terminal B, which was quiet as the sun rose for my early departure to London.

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Terminal B had check-in areas spread over three different levels which, as a new visitor, I found very confusing. It took me quite some time from Level 3, where my Uber dropped me off, to find the British Airways check-in desks, which were relegated to a back corner next to luggage belts down on Level 1 with LOT Polish Airlines and Icelandair.

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Oddly, there was no separate queue for World Traveller Plus passengers, as the signage directed them to use the regular World Traveller economy lane. However, there were dedicated World Traveller Plus desks, but no World Traveller desks. With the low ceilings, basement-like atmosphere and odd setup, it was not a glamorous start to my journey.

I was helped quickly as there were few other passengers around. World Traveller Plus passengers receive two 50-pound checked bags though I avoid checking in my luggage wherever possible.

Given British Airways' impressive check-in setup at JFK Terminal 7 , I think I'd choose JFK for my next departure from New York on the airline.

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Security was very quick and I was through in minutes. British Airways' Newark flights operate from the B50-B58 gates pier, where the airline also operates its own lounge (immediately after security and up one flight of stairs). Lounge access is not included with a World Traveller Plus premium economy ticket, so instead, I wandered through the compact but pleasant terminal. I especially liked the huge dome where the gates were located as the sun rose on another New York morning.

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There was plenty of seating around my gate area and a relaxed atmosphere.

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Two boarding lanes were set up with groups 1 to 3 able to use the right lane, and groups 4 to 9 using the left lane. World Traveller Plus passengers were assigned to Group 3.

Boarding commenced slightly later than the scheduled time, around 30 minutes before departure, with groups 1 and 2 invited to board together, and after that was my Group 3. The flight departed slightly late but still managed to arrive around an hour early, as usual, because of the strong tailwinds.

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Cabin and seat

The British Airways 777-200 aircraft that flew me to London had 235 seats in four classes of service. Behind First and Club Suites , there were 40 World Traveller Plus premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration across five rows. The cabin felt small and intimate, a key selling point of this cabin class compared with the large economy cabin behind me. The navy blue seats with herringbone fabric were smart both in appearance and their ability to hide stains and spills.

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The seats were 18 1/2-inches wide, which was not overly generous given this was only 1 inch wider than the economy seats in the cabin behind, though I enjoyed slightly more elbow room thanks to the double armrest in between my seat and the one next to me. Legroom was 38 inches (normal for premium economy these days) and there was a comfortable fold-down footrest, though unfortunately, British Airways opted not to install leg rests on the premium economy seats.

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The seat reclined a generous 8 inches. This is both a blessing and a curse: If you want to sleep, it's great to have your seat go back as far as possible, but it also means the passenger in front of you can recline a long way into your personal space.

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The recline function was operated by a single button on the center console. Be aware that if you have a personal electronic device like a laptop open on your tray table, the seat in front can recline quickly and without notice, potentially damaging your device. You may wish to ask the passenger in front to give you a heads-up if you want to ensure any devices remain safe.

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I liked how well cushioned the headrest was. The sides could be adjusted slightly in and out to cradle your head, and the entire headrest could move up and down and remain in place.

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Storage was sorely lacking around the seat — beyond a large literature pocket in the seatback in front of me, there was nowhere else to place personal items. The bi-fold tray table, which stowed away in the center console, was large enough for my 13-inch Macbook, but you should forget about trying to work or watch anything on a laptop when the passenger in front has reclined their seat all the way.

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Individual universal charging points were provided at each seat (with two in the center console I shared with my seat neighbor). There were also those odd audio-visual plugs I've never seen anyone use on an aircraft.

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While the seat was not especially wide, and the lack of leg rest was a shame, it was still a comfortable and fairly well-designed seat.

Amenities and inflight entertainment

Awaiting me on my seat was an (unwrapped) fleecy pillow and blanket, an amenity kit and a pair of plastic-wrapped headphones. Both the pillow and blanket were a good size and soft to the touch, despite initially looking a little disheveled on the seat.

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The headphones were terrific and a real highlight of the flight, as they were comfortable, well cushioned and high quality, even though they did not have active noise-canceling functionality.

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A basic amenity kit is an industry standard in international premium economy, and British Airways' version contained an eye mask, sleep socks, a toothbrush with a tiny toothpaste, a pen and Scaramouche + Fandango lip balm. The "washbag" pouch the items were housed in was made from recycled plastic bottles but looked far more stylish than the crumpled, recycled washbag Virgin Atlantic provides its premium economy passengers .

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The 10.6-inch seatback entertainment screen could be tilted up and down at an angle, which was handy when the passenger in front was reclined. It was both touchscreen-operated and could be navigated with the dated remote control housed in the center console. There were 44 new-release movies available, including "Ambulance," "Marry Me" and "Lost City." Among the 24 television series box sets, I enjoyed a few episodes of the latest season of "Britain's Got Talent." Two USB charging points were provided under the screen for each passenger.

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Wi-Fi was offered on my flight to London with three different packages available, from 4.99 pounds (about $6) for one hour up to 14.99 pounds (about $17) for the full flight, and limited to one device. The Wi-Fi speeds were the fastest I have ever registered on an aircraft — an astonishing 60Mbps download with a reasonable 4.03Mbps upload. This allowed me to be both very productive throughout the flight and also refresh the BBC news homepage regularly as this flight took place the day Queen Elizabeth II passed away, so I wanted to keep up with events.

Related: In pictures: The queen's life in travel

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There were, unfortunately, no dedicated bathrooms for World Traveller Plus passengers, so we shared the two immediately behind our cabin with the World Traveller economy cabin. These bathrooms were standard in size and amenities but were kept clean and as the flight was not full (a perk I've found on my daytime flights across the Atlantic), there was rarely a wait to use them.

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Food and beverage

Drinks were offered during boarding with a choice of sparkling wine, orange juice or water. I chose orange juice, which was served in glassware. No bottled water was waiting at my seat.

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Flight attendants served the main meal of breakfast shortly after takeoff with a smaller second meal before landing. Breakfast consisted of fruit yogurt and fresh fruit with a choice of three entrees: scrambled eggs with sausage, bacon, mushrooms and tomato; cheese and chervil omelet; or apple pancakes with strawberry compote and vanilla anglaise.

In a vague attempt at a healthier option than sausage and bacon, I asked for the omelet. I was also offered a fresh croissant and my choice of beverage. I again selected orange juice.

A neatly arranged tray packed full of items was handed to me. The range of colors of my meal was visually appealing, though it was, in reality, just a neatly presented economy-class breakfast served on china with metal cutlery.

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I've eaten countless airplane breakfasts like this over my decades of travel and it all tasted ... fine. The main dish was piping hot, though it was a little bland so I needed the salt and pepper sachets.

The crew passed through the cabin again to offer tea or coffee after the meal. I chose a coffee to keep me awake right through to London and I was surprised to see the hot drinks served in a takeaway paper cup. Given that the other drinks throughout the flight were served in proper glassware, I wish British Airways provided ceramic cups for these hot drinks.

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About 75 minutes before arrival, the trolleys appeared again. The only choices were sandwiches with either chicken and cheese, or just plain cheese. They were served with a packet of sour-cream-and-chive baked pretzels and a choice of drink from the bar. I decided to raise a glass to the (now late) Queen Elizabeth II with a very British gin and tonic. British Airways serves Aviation Gin, which I like for both the name and the taste.

The small sandwich tasted fine and was stuffed with plenty of chicken — I just wish it had been larger. The second meal service on daytime flights this length tends to be too small for me, no matter the airline, and I was still hungry when we landed in London.

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The crew members on my flight to London were all upbeat, welcoming and friendly. I found the service to be slightly more formal than in Virgin Atlantic's premium economy cabin, with the British Airways crew referring to me as "sir" with every interaction. There were no lapses in the service throughout the flight.

What I will remember most about this flight was that, 90 minutes before landing, I refreshed the BBC news homepage to learn that Buckingham Place had just announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II. I noticed a few shocked faces around the cabin as those passengers who had connected to the Wi-Fi during the flight learned the momentous news.

As the crew members wheeled the trolleys into the cabin around 15 minutes later for the second meal service, it appeared they had not been advised of the news by the captain as they were as chipper and full of smiles as ever despite some truly glum passenger faces in the cabin.

I was curious to see if and how the pilot might announce the news before we landed in London. It was definitely one of those "where were you when you heard the news" moments in world history, especially for anyone living in the U.K. (the death of Princess Diana and the tragedies of Sept. 11 being others I vividly remember). As we began our descent into Heathrow the pilot advised passengers of the queen's passing over the loudspeaker in a solemn, respectful and very British way.

As an avid traveler living in London, it felt oddly fitting to learn this news on a British Airways flight.

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Overall impression

This was a solid premium economy experience on British Airways. The check-in area at Newark needs some work, and for that reason alone I would probably choose to fly from JFK next time. But other than that, it was fairly smooth sailing for the rest of my day across the Atlantic. I still prefer these daytime flights, and woke up at a normal time in my own bed the following morning without jet lag.

British Airways' World Traveller Plus seat provides decent comfort and legroom along with its deep recline and clever headrest. The Wi-Fi download speeds were the fastest I've experienced on a flight, making for a productive workday. The first meal was filling, if not refined, though the second meal was too small, as I have encountered on most flights between New York and London. The headphones, blanket and pillow were all more suited to business class than economy, which was a treat.

Having recently flown Virgin Atlantic's Premium on the same daytime route , I found British Airways to be slightly better mainly because of the superior seat recline, amenities, food quality and consistent service.

I still believe premium economy is overpriced for what you actually get, especially for cash fares two or three times the cost of economy. However, if you are choosing premium economy, British Airways is a smart choice.

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British Airways Economy Vs World Traveller Plus: Is It Worth Paying To Upgrade?

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British Airways Economy Vs World Traveller Plus: Is It Worth Paying To Upgrade?

When flying British Airways, is it worth paying to upgrade to World Traveller Plus, the BA Premium Economy seats from Economy seats on long-haul flights?

1. Economy vs. Premium Economy: Price

If the price is your biggest factor when making the decision on which class to fly in, you should probably choose to fly Economy. After all, the entire plane will get to its destination, whichever class you are sitting in.

Having said that, particularly for overnight flights, being stuffed in a sardine-tin, with little space to move and next-to-no recline, means that sleep is difficult. Certainly, when I have flown in Economy, I find, if I do manage to nod off, the fact that my head then drops to one side because of the lack of seat recline means that I almost always wake myself up.

The result is that you can feel pretty grotty after an Economy flight when you get to your destination. This means that you are potentially ruining the first day of your trip because you have not spent the extra on upgrading your flight.

So even if the price IS your biggest factor, Premium Economy can mean that you avoid wasting a day of your holiday, which may ultimately be worth more than the price difference.

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2. Economy vs. Premium Economy: Seat Selection

While competitors like Virgin enable you to select your Premium Economy seat for free, this is a feature that British Airways reserves for its Gold and Silver tier members only. The situation is similar if you fly in Business Class. If you are not a Gold or Silver tier member, you can only select your Business Class seat 24 hours before departure. Gold and Silver tiers can select before “normal” Blue passengers, even if the standard member is paying a full Business Class fare, which means that normal infrequent flyers can often be left with seats apart from their family or partner. A nightmare on a long-haul flight.

If you book with a competitor like Virgin, you can book your seat in advance, which means you can sit where you want in the cabin (within reason), and crucially, you can sit with your family or partner.

3. Economy vs. Premium Economy: Check-in

There is not a dedicated British Airways Premium Economy check-in, so you have to check-in with all the Economy passengers.

4. Economy vs. Premium Economy: Baggage

You get 2 hold suitcases when traveling in Premium Economy, which is a big bonus.

5. Economy vs. Premium Economy: Lounges

When flying in Premium Economy, you do not get access to any British Airways lounges, but if you are flying out of London Heathrow, you can use your Priority Pass or pay to access to the Aspire Lounge In Heathrow Terminal 5 or the Aspire Lounge in Terminal 3 . There is no advantage to flying Premium Economy in this respect.

6. Economy vs. Premium Economy: Boarding

Virgin offers priority boarding all over the world for Premium Economy passengers. By comparison, BA only offers priority boarding out of Heathrow. So yes, this is an advantage when you fly out of the UK, but not when you fly from any other airport.

7. Economy vs. Premium Economy: Seat Dimensions

When you book British Airways Premium Economy, check the specific aircraft you will be flying on as BA offers two versions of their World Traveller Plus product.

The old Premium Economy seats look tired and worn with a poor in-flight entertainment system and can be found on some Boeing 767 and 777-200 aircraft.

The British Airways Premium Economy seats are on their Airbus A380, Boeing 787/777-300ER, and retrofitted Boeing 767/777-200 aircraft and offer increased recline, personal in-seat power, and a 60% larger IFE monitor.

Taking the Boeing 777-200s as an example, the dedicated Premium Economy cabin has 40 recliner seats in a 2-4-2 layout. Dimensions are 18.5 inches in width and 38 inches in pitch. That’s an upgrade over the Economy seats with 17.5 inches of width and 31 inches in pitch. Still, neither Economy nor Premium Economy offers a leg rest, so if this is a deal-breaker, choose another airline.

This does not look good when compared with one of their main competitors, Virgin’s Premium Economy, which has seat dimensions are 18-21 inches seat width, 38 inches legroom. In comparison, Virgin’s Economy offers a “generous” width of up to 17 inches, with seat pitch or legroom of up to 31 inches, almost identical to BA.

So purely on seat dimensions, Virgin’s Premium Economy gives you much more room than Premium Economy or “World Traveller Plus” on BA, even though Virgin’s Premium Economy seat pitch is particularly average.

For me, the extra elbow room in the Premium Economy seats enables me to work more comfortably on my laptop, making the width worth paying for and making Virgin Premium Economy a better choice than BA’s Premium Economy when flying out of Heathrow or Gatwick. Equally, BA’s Premium Economy wins over Economy when directly compared as I can type better in Premium!

8. Economy vs. Premium Economy: Seat Recline

While Virgin’s Premium Economy seat seats have 7-8 inches of recline vs. Virgin’s Economy and Economy Delight recline of 4-6 inches, it is much harder to work out the seat recline on British Airways without getting out your tape measure onboard.

The Premium Economy seats recline more than the Economy seats, so for seat recline, Premium Economy wins. BA’s Premium Economy gives you more room to recline your seat, which will make it easier to sleep as your head is less likely to drop to one side because the seat is more horizontal. This recline is a huge advantage when compared to the seats in Economy, and the seats on newer planes, on their Airbus A380, Boeing 787/777-300ER, and retrofitted Boeing 767/777-200 aircraft offer increased recline, over the older Boeing 767 and 777-200 aircraft. So if recline is a dealbreaker, make sure you don’t book onto the 767 and 777-200.

9. Economy vs. Premium Economy: Amenities

As part of Premium Economy, you get an oversized pillow, a blanket, a small amenity kit, and a large pair of headphones. The amenity kit contains just the essentials: a toothbrush and toothpaste, an eye mask, a pair of socks, earbuds, and a pen. The blanket is plush but not too thick. The headphones were the noise-canceling type that would normally be distributed in business class and above, so that is a real advantage if you are choosing between flying in Economy vs. Premium Economy.

10. Economy vs. Premium Economy: Food & Drink

A big bonus traveling on BA in Premium Economy is that you get ClubWorld standard meals (with fewer choices) served on proper crockery with a real napkin. You also usually get a welcome drink and another round of drinks with the meal, along with tea and coffee during/after the meal.

Depending on the flight length, if it is overnight, you sometimes get breakfast served, although I believe that this is the same as in Economy. On shorter flights, you just get a drink and a mars bar (or similar).

Conclusion: I would say that the British Airways Premium Economy is a good product and worth paying the extra if you can afford it. I have flown in Premium Economy and would not hesitate to fly it again.

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British Airways Premium Economy World Traveller Plus Review

Review of British Airways Premium Economy

British Airways was one of the first airlines to introduce a Premium Economy cabin on its long-haul aircraft - branded as World Traveller Plus . As such, many of its cabins are showing their age, but still serve their purpose well by offering extra space, better meals and more personalised service. The airline is retrofitting these cabins and upgrading the hard product, but this will take time, so in the interim be prepared for a mix of old and new.

The United Kingdom’s largest airline takes pride in offering reliable and friendly service while carrying the British flag to far corners of the globe.

British Airways is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, which means fliers can earn and redeem Avios points on its many partners. Conversely, members of other alliance member airlines can earn and redeem their miles with British Airways.

Airport experience

All British Airways flights pass through London with primary hubs at London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports (and a smaller operation at London City). London airports are known for stringent and sometimes overzealous security procedures, which can be frustrating for passengers adding extra time to the journey. Unfriendly airport security agents are enough to convince some travellers to fly another airline when booking international travel.

World Traveller Plus passengers can access individual check-in desks and a greater baggage allowance – two bags for the hold plus a cabin bag and laptop bag onboard. They do not enjoy lounge access once airside, though. Still, top oneworld elite status cardholders can use the lounges on eligible international itineraries no matter what cabin they are flying. These lounges include open bars offering cocktails, soft drinks, wine, and beer, service desks for assistance with tickets, a wide selection of magazines and newspapers, workstations with computers and free Wi-Fi, and buffets with warm and cold food selections.

Priority boarding is part of the Premium Economy experience.

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Cabin & Seat

British Airways fly a combination of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with World Traveller Plus available on each long-haul aircraft. The Airbus A380 World Traveller Plus cabin is found on the Upper Deck behind the Club World cabin in a 2-4-2 configuration over nine rows, while the Airbus A350 has seven rows in a 2-4-2 configuration. The Boeing 777 fleet varies between three and six rows in a 2-4-2 design, while the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft differs between four and six rows and is always in a 2-3-2 configuration.

Even the original iteration of the Premium Economy seat has plenty of space. It varies depending on the plane, but expect a wider seat – typically 18.5 inches (47 centimetres), more leg room with a pitch of 38 inches (97 centimetres), including a foot and leg rest, lumbar support, a recline of around 8 inches (20 centimetres), a small side table and headrest with adjustable wings for better resting positions. Unfortunately, many seats have equipment for the entertainment system that impedes your legroom, which makes it challenging to store carry-on bags or wiggle your feet around during the flight.

World Traveller Plus occupies a more intimate cabin of no more than nine rows with a dedicated lavatory and curtains separating it from economy and Business Class. There are middle seats, which are worth avoiding unless travelling with a companion.

Bulkhead rows prevent someone from reclining their seat into your space, but it does mean that carry-on luggage must be stowed overhead for takeoff and landing. These seats also have television monitors that fold out from the armrest, and they cannot be used on the ground or during takeoff and landing for safety reasons. Four bassinet points are available on the front cabin bulkhead, with another two at the rear of the Airbus A380s.

Not all tickets are eligible for advance seat selection, although those purchasing flexible fares and travellers with oneworld alliance elite status can choose a seat for free in advance. Others must wait until check-in to assign a seat.

Waiting at each seat on boarding is a thick pillow and wrapped blanket, and power and USB  and power outlets are available for each passenger. 

The flight search on BusinessClass.com includes images, videos, and seat maps for most airlines and aircraft Search results also include details such as seat pitch, width and recline. This way, you can see the seat and cabin configuration of the flight in which you are interested before making your choice .

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British Airways offers a lovely inflight service on fine china and metal cutlery. World Traveller Plus passengers are served some of the same entrees as those seated in Business Class, representing a significant upgrade from economy meal service.

Delivered on a single tray with real drink glasses (instead of plastic), most flights have two meals, including a hot meal after takeoff.

They include a salad and appetiser plus warm bread. Two main course dishes are protein or vegetarian, and the plated dessert offers a sweet finish. Flight attendants can provide snacks and drinks between meals, and passengers can visit a snacking station for self-service.

Before landing, a second meal is served depending on the time of day, which can consist of a hot or cold dish based on the length of the flight.

More than a dozen special meals are available for Premium Economy passengers, including Halal, Kosher and vegetarian options.

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After takeoff, flight attendants offer glasses of sparkling wine before rolling out the beverage carts with a variety of complimentary drinks including beer, wine (two white and two red options) and cocktails. Coffee from London’s Union Coffee and an array of Twinings teas round off the menu.

Before the main meal, an aperitif service comes with mixed nuts and a choice of beverage.

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Flight attendants are friendly, but have a lot of passengers to serve compared to Business Class. Expect the typical British-reserved service delivery you might find in a hotel or restaurant in the United Kingdom. Many passengers find that the crew adapts to the conversation and informality level of each person throughout the flight. Show them that you like to chat, and they will chat. Show British formality, and they will return the respect.

On flights where a foreign language is spoken at the destination, expect that someone on the crew will be ready to converse in that native tongue. British Airways also has overseas-based cabin crew on many flights; Indian flights, for example, often have crew based in India, which helps with cultural service details.

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Entertainment

The seatback screen is adjustable so that if the person in front of you reclines, you can tilt it for better viewing. Noise-reducing headsets complement the solid selection of  entertainment programming , including the latest Hollywood movies, television programs, box sets, a global music collection, audiobooks and games. Screens respond to the touch but can also be adjusted via remote control.

Wi-Fi is available on most of British Airways' long-haul fleet, with  prices available  for hourly service or sometimes for a package to cover the flight. A cheaper offering that covers messaging or texting is also an excellent option for staying connected with loved ones.

The flight search on BusinessClass.com includes information on Wi-Fi and inflight entertainment .

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Amenities & Facilities

Small amenity kits feature essential products – eye mask, ear plugs, toothpaste and toothbrush, lip balm, flight socks and pen, and a wrapped blanket and pillow are a fluffier upgrade to what is available in the economy cabin. Credit to the airline for making the small stylish amenities bag from recycled plastic.

On long-haul flights, families with infants can pre-reserve a bassinet to use. Children can also enjoy everything from cartoon and youth-themed shows to special toys and gifts to keep them busy.

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Short & Medium Haul

British Airways’ short and medium-haul flights do not sell Premium Economy seating, but if the aircraft is flying a shorter route, these are excellent seats worth paying extra to enjoy the extra space that they afford. Most of the long-haul amenities (like hot meals, free drinks and noise-reducing headphones) are not available though. Buy-on-board service in economy class is standard on shorter European flights, which means the only benefit of paying for this seat on those flights is the extra space.

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Sustainability

The airline is investing in the most fuel-efficient planes and focuses on reducing emissions both inflight and on the ground. Recycling programs in its lounges and inflight are another eco-friendly measure.

British Airways aims for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and the carrier invests in  carbon-neutral projects  in many of the destinations it serves. On its flights, it has switched to bamboo alternatives instead of plastic stirrers, reduced plastic use for amenity kits and headsets, and serves water bottles made from recycled materials. The airline sends less than one per cent of non-catering waste to landfills. BA's new uniforms are made from more than 90 per cent sustainable fabrics from recycled polyester and only use manufacturers of the 'Better Cotton' initiative. The old uniforms will be donated to charities, recycled into children's toys or contributed to the airline's museum.

The airline also collects loose change from passengers on its long-haul flights to support the non-profit organisation Flying Start. It supports less-fortunate children around the world. British Airways is also the first airline to build a waste-to-fuel plant converting everyday consumer waste to sustainable fuel.

A partnership with the Born Free Foundation has the airline advocating against the captivity of wild animals. British Airways Holidays helps to create a safe sanctuary space for rescued wild animals.

The flight search on BusinessClass.com includes information on CO2 emissions for each flight. Our quality algorithms also give a higher score to flights operated by the most modern and environmentally friendly aircraft.

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What We Love

  • Footrests and adjustable headrests to make it easier to sleep
  • Business class-quality meals serving British products
  • A nice selection of mid-flight snacks as well as an open bar throughout the flight

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The Many Benefits Of World Traveller Plus On British Airways

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When it comes to flying, many people think that only first-class passengers get to enjoy the luxury of champagne. However, this is not the case. World Traveller Plus passengers on British Airways also have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of champagne before takeoff. This is just one of the many benefits that World Traveller Plus offers. World Traveller Plus is British Airways’ premium economy product. It is a step up from standard economy, offering passengers more legroom, wider seats, and enhanced in-flight service. While the cost of a World Traveller Plus ticket is higher than economy, the difference in price is often worth it for the added comfort and amenities. In addition to champagne, World Traveller Plus passengers also have access to an exclusive menu of food and wines. The menu is designed by British Airways’ team of expert chefs and sommeliers, and features a selection of dishes that are not available in economy. The food and wine menu is changed seasonally, so there is always something new to try. If you’re looking for a more comfortable and enjoyable flying experience, World Traveller Plus is a great option. With its added perks and benefits, it’s easy to see why so many people choose to fly World Traveller Plus when they travel with British Airways.

The World Traveller Plus package includes champagne, a main course, and dessert. Customers have priority access to airport lounges and can also purchase priority seating. If you book your flights ahead of time, you can upgrade to business class for as little as £100 or $200 per person. It is located on the upper deck of the A380, and it is available for purchase by British Airways. This upgrade includes fewer rows, more space in the cabin, and a more exclusive interior. The decision to upgrade to first class or business class on a long-distance flight is well worth it.

What Are The Benefits Of World Traveller Plus?

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It is a fantastic upgrade to the Flying World Traveller Plus. The cabin is less crowded, has more space, and is more exclusive than the World Traveller cabins. As with the standard economy (World Traveller Plus), our premium economy seats are wider, have more recline, have a head and foot rest, and have extra leg room.

Is It Worth Upgrading To Ba World Traveller Plus?

My decision was motivated solely by the fact that I would not be able to travel with World Traveller. If you’re willing to pay, you can answer the question; if you’re not, you can’t. Many people value the extra space and smaller cabin that a larger one provides.

Is World Traveller Plus The Same As Club World?

With a price that is comparable to that of British Airways’ “World Traveller” economy class but with an added level of service, the World Traveller Plus product is available in both economy and business class.

Is World Traveler Plus Business Class?

The British Airways Premium Economy product , known as World Traveller Plus, is a hybrid between World Traveller (Economy Class) and Club World (Business Class). This flight review clearly depicts how the product’s elements are derived from both classes.

Is It Worth It To Upgrade To World Traveller Plus?

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If you’re looking for a little more legroom and a few more perks, World Traveller Plus might be worth the upgrade. The seats are larger and have more recline, and you’ll get priority boarding and complimentary food and beverages. If you’re tall or just prefer more space when flying, it’s definitely worth considering.

The World Traveler Plus offers a larger cabin and more space in its seats, making it a worthwhile investment. This area is generally smaller and has fewer people/seaters than other areas. We’re seniors on the West Coast, so we’ll spend the money to bring the plane up to par and make sure it doesn’t bend. Book Premium Economy and receive a significant discount. It’s a lot of money to spend. In general, business class fares are more expensive, but they are worth it in the end. I can’t tolerate such a long flight in economy, so any transatlantic flight is now business or first class.

You can save money on business class fares by purchasing miles. Alaska Airlines offers a generous mileage program in addition to frequent flyer benefits . If you have a business or an airline membership, you should consider going into the airport lounge. A section of the room is enclosed in a curtain. There should be at least five rows of seats in each plane. This topic will automatically be closed as a result of an inactive period.

Before upgrading your flight, it is critical to consider these factors: Before making a decision to upgrade, make sure you understand the upgrade fees and how much you will be required to pay. Depending on the class you choose, you might be able to save money on your airfare. Because it may not be available for everyone, you can be sure that you are eligible for the upgrade you want. In other words, if you want to improve your flight experience, upgrading is a good option.

Is Upgrading To World Traveller Plus Worth It?

Would anyone like to upgrade to World Traveller? Why is this worth it? The truth is that it is. Aside from the few opportunities to upgrade in World Traveller, including exits, the upgrade cost is well worth it for long-distance flights or overnight flights. You also have lounge access, which I really appreciate, and you get priority seating.

Are Drinks Free On Ba World Traveller?

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There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and the same goes for in-flight drinks. While some airlines will give you a complimentary drink or two during your flight, British Airways is not one of them. If you want a drink on your BA flight , you’ll have to pay for it.

Ba World Traveller Plus

The BA World Traveller Plus is a great way to see the world and get more out of your travel experiences. With this program, you can get access to exclusive deals, discounts, and perks that will make your travels more enjoyable and affordable. Plus, you’ll earn points towards free travel and upgrades. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or just getting started, the BA World Traveller Plus is a great way to make the most of your travels.

Is World Traveller Plus Worth It?

Is the World Traveller a traveler? Plus/plus, is this worth it? World Traveller Plus is definitely worth it if you have a long flight or an overnight trip. With priority boarding and a larger seat in a separate cabin, you’ll have more space, more legroom, and a wider seat. The best way to enjoy yourself is to treat yourself.

Flying World Traveller

There’s something special about flying world traveller. They’re usually up for anything and love to explore new cultures. They’re not afraid to take risks and are always looking for new experiences. They’re also incredibly brave and have a great sense of adventure.

What Does World Traveller Mean On British Airways?

World Traveller is our economy cabin for flights beyond Europe, with all the comfort and benefits that you’d expect from British Airways at an affordable price. World Traveller is an online travel booking service that allows you to book flights.

Ba World Traveller Plus Is A Good Budget Option

Those on a tight budget will find it worthwhile to upgrade to World Traveller Plus on British Airways. On board, you’ll find a starter, main course, and dessert with a choice of hot, cold, or alcoholic drinks, as well as mid-flight snacks. Access to the lounge is not provided, and some passengers may find priority seating unappealing.

What’s The Difference Between World Traveller And Economy On Ba?

The cabin is quieter, more spacious, and more exclusive than the World Traveller, which has fewer rows. The seats in the premium economy (World Traveller Plus) category are wider, have greater recline, lumbar support, a head and foot rest, and extra leg room.

Should You Upgrade To World Traveller Plus Class On British Airways?

Should I upgrade to British Airways’ premier class? As a result, I wouldn’t use World Traveller and would save my money. We recommend that you answer only if you are willing to pay the additional fee. More space and a smaller cabin are two things that a lot of people value. World traveler plus class is available on long-distance flights, and the class includes numerous amenities, making it an excellent choice for travelers looking for a premium experience . The maps indicate the layout of seat locations on board an aircraft, but they may not always be the same. When you’ve made a booking, the flight’s seating layout will be visible, and you can select a seat using Manage My Booking.

What Class Is World Traveler?

The following sections will look at British Airways’ best seats in first class, Club World (BA’s business class), and World Traveller Plus (the airline’s premium economy offering). Finally, we’ll look at the best seats in British Airways’ long- haul economy class , World Traveller, for the ultimate long-distance traveler.

191 Member States In The United Nations Equals Opportunity To Travel For All

The United Nations has a total of 191 members. There are approximately one-seventh of the world’s countries represented. That means that almost all of us on this planet can visit at least 65 different countries. This category does not include Antarctica, which is a sovereign country of Argentina, nor some island nations that may only have a few tourist attractions. Nonetheless, this indicates that we, as a group, have all been on the road to worldliness. Many people on the planet are still waiting to travel for the first time, and there are certainly plenty of people who have never set foot on another planet. If you are among the fortunate few, I wish you the best. Your journey is only beginning for you. Although there are numerous challenges ahead, there are significant rewards to be had. When you travel, you gain a better understanding of new cultures, as well as a better understanding of yourself. It may also provide a unique perspective on the people, cultures, and places in which you live and work. Regardless of your level of experience, keep in mind that you are a part of a global community. With more people traveling, the world will become even more fascinating and diverse.

What Does World Traveller Mean?

Describes the world traveler as a person who travels around the world. It is someone who travels frequently and extensively. In addition to globetrotter, it is also known as globetrotter. It’s cosmopolitan and cosmopolitan, and it’s an cosmopolite. A well-traveled individual who has lived in a number of countries.

A Hodophile Is Someone Who Loves To Explore New Places And Experience New Cultures.

What’s a way to describe someone who enjoys exploring new places and experiencing new cultures? I am a hodophile. These individuals enjoy sharing their experiences with others as a result of their desire for new adventures and perspectives. They enjoy meeting new people and experiencing new cultures, and they are always looking for new ways to learn and grow. These travelers are always ready for anything, and they are always looking for new adventures to try. They are always eager to share their experiences with others, and they are always looking for new ways to explore the world around them.

Pre Flight Drink

According to Grosskopf, a bloody Mary, gin and tonic, Moscow mule, and a Martini are all “safe bets” for flights. She believes that if you don’t enjoy spirits, a glass of wine can also be refreshing. These are some of the most popular cocktail drinks among travelers.

It is a haven from the tension and palpable anxiety that can arise when flying through an airport. If you’re looking for a break from the social scene at the airport, it’s a great place to meet new people. A bartender at One Flew South recommends that travelers use a light, aromatic, and bright liquid. If you want a delicious combination of the two, try a mimosa or poinsettia. A Tom Collins makes your favorite gin taste like a bitter-pine beverage by combining it with a refreshing mix of lemon and soda water. You get the same kick out of a Bloody Mary that you would from a cold glass of wine.

Drinking Before A Flight: The Pros And Cons

Can we drink before the flight? The answer to this question is not as simple as one size fits all because the chemistry of a person’s body varies. A sip of wine on an airplane, on the other hand, can help to alleviate some of the nerves. Alcohol’s sedative and depressant properties can help to calm the central nervous system (in moderation). Furthermore, other sedatives can be beneficial. What is the most popular alcoholic beverage consumed on flights? Even though beer and spirits are popular on United flights, wine is the most popular order. The majority of United wines are available. What does ‘ Flight Alcohol ‘ do? A flight entails samplings of various beverages or food items that are served on a wooden board or in a specially designed carrier, followed by a flight. Flight service is nothing more than a way to get a little taste of everything without having to order an entire bottle of wine or beer. Why should I drink water before flying? Some people consider drinking soda before a plane takes off to be a bad idea. When your stomach is filled with carbonated drinks, your oxygen levels may rise, resulting in increased intestinal gas, which typically increases by 30%. It is possible that this will cause bloating and nausea. However, sodas are safe to drink and, according to other experts, are a quick and easy way to satisfy your thirst. To put it another way, it all comes down to your tolerance and chemistry.

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World Traveller Plus

Welcome to World Traveller Plus, our premium economy cabin. With fewer rows, the cabin is quieter, more spacious, and more exclusive than World Traveller.

A premium experience

  • A separate, smaller cabin with wider seats and more legroom
  • Two delicious meals and complimentary bar service
  • A personal entertainment system with noise-cancelling headphones
  • A stylish amenity kit made from recycled plastic bottles
  • Access to in-seat power
  • More free baggage allowance
  • Priority boarding

Upgraded seat and amenities

The seats on our premium economy flights are wider, with greater recline, lumbar support, a head and foot rest, plus extra leg room to stretch out. Each seat also has its own power supply, so you can use your devices on board. A few of our aircraft might need you to bring your own adaptor if they aren’t sold on board.

Our stylish quilt and cushion adds an extra layer of comfort when it’s time to rest, and we’ll give you a special amenity kit designed with sustainability in mind. The bag is made using material from recycled plastic bottles and includes all the essentials. Relax with lip balm, an eye mask, a pen, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, with earplugs also available on request.

Delightful dining experience

In World Traveller Plus you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine after take-off and a starter, main and dessert with our dining service. During your flight we'll deliver snacks, hot, cold and alcoholic drinks to your seat.

In-flight entertainment

Stay connected to the world below or relax and leave it all behind in our World Traveller Plus cabin. You can lose yourself for hours in a blockbuster film or gripping series thanks to our huge on-demand entertainment library.

  • A personal flat screen and noise-cancelling headphones
  • High-speed Wi-Fi on most aircraft
  • Access to Paramount+ with hundreds of the latest films and shows, as well as music, audio books and games

Treat yourself to the airport lounge

Sit back and relax before your flight with Lounge Pass, your key to non-British Airways airport lounges across the globe, no matter what airline you are flying with or cabin you are travelling in. Enjoy light refreshments such as alcohol and food, Wi-Fi and a selection of newspapers and magazines while you wait to board, plus Executive Club Members can collect 5 Avios per £1/€1/$1 spent.

Double baggage allowance

Baggage allowances.

World Traveller Plus’ generous baggage allowance means you can pack more for your trip. Bring both a cabin bag and laptop or handbag on board, as well as up to two bags in the hold.

Some routes and tickets come with an even greater allowance, and extra bags can be added for a fee.

Doorstep baggage pick-up & check-in

AirPortr can collect your baggage from your doorstep, securely transport it to the airport, and check it in for your flight for you. This means that you can travel to the airport luggage-free and head straight to security when you arrive. This service is only available for flights departing from Heathrow, Gatwick, Geneva, Zurich and Vienna.

Aircraft variations

Wherever and whenever you fly World Traveller Plus you can expect the same top quality food, drink and premium service by our attentive crew. A few of the cabin design elements may vary by aircraft.

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what is world travel plus

Has anyone had experience with British Airways new World Traveller Plus premier economy class? When I was researching prices for my tickets they gave the option to upgrade regular economy to this premier economy and I was wondering if it would be worth the extra cash. It's not terribly expensive but I am unsure if the difference in the two classes would be that important to me. Just wondering if you thought it was a wise choice. Thanks for your help.

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Yes, I have. It's nice to have the extra few inches of leg room, but be aware that there is no other difference in class. You'll get the same food as in Economy, but a less busy WC. What you are paying for is the extra leg room.

This same question was asked and discussed in detail here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186338-i17-k320872-Premier_Economy_Class_on_British_Airways-London_England.html

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Economy seats...think of as packed like sardines, Traveller Plus, more leg room, slightly wider seats and the window seating is in twos not threes. In other words MORE comfortable. Your carry-on baggage allowance probably increases as well with Plus.

If and when I fly with BA again I shall try to book Plus seats for my husband and I. You can see the difference just looking at them.

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My only life goal at this point in my career is to be able to travel business class on overseas trips (and we only make a couple a year). So when husband talked me into WT+ last trip I was going to be very, very hard to convince. It actually was OK; not sure Im ready to give up my only goal in life, but WT+ is miles better than regular coach!

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WT+ is definitely worth the money, just for the legroom. If you think you'll be flying with BA a fair amount, or even once a year, join the Executive Club.

WT fares get 0.25 EC miles per mile flown, but WT+ gets 1.25 miles per mile flown - with just 25,000 miles, you can buy a WT+ fare and upgrade it (if there are seats available) to Club World (soon to get yet another face-lift) - miles for upgrade is one of the best deals BA offers.

Angel,islington, where did you find those fares? I'm searching right now for fares for Sept and am a long way from what I'm after! Any tips on other than Travelocity and the BA website are really welcomed.

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Flying World Traveller Plus is an exciting upgrade. With fewer rows, the cabin is quieter, more spacious, and more exclusive than World Traveller. Our premium economy (World Traveller Plus) seats are wider, with greater recline, lumbar support, a head and foot rest, plus extra leg room to stretch out.

What class of service is World Traveler Plus on British Airways?

This is our premium economy class, available on long haul flights. These maps are representative of seating layouts on board, but may vary according to aircraft. Once you have made a booking, you can see the actual seating layout for your flight and choose a seat using Manage My Booking.

Is World Traveller plus business class?

World Traveller Plus is the British Airways Premium Economy product which is a hybrid between World Traveller (Economy Class) and Club World (Business Class).

Is British Airways World Traveler Plus worth it?

Also, there are few opportunities to upgrade within World Traveller – apart from the exit rows. If you have a long flight or an overnight flight I think the upgrade cost is absolutely worth it.

Does BA World Traveller plus get lounge access?

Guests flying World Traveller Plus sadly don’t get to enjoy airport lounge access, but they do get to take advantage of priority seating, which I very much appreciated.

What are the best seats in BA World Traveller plus?

There aren’t as many good or different seats to choose from in the World Traveller Plus cabin across all British Airways aircraft. As said, my recommendation would be front row window seats, and if there’s a choice of aircraft, I’d pick the A380 followed by the 787 Dreamliner and then the A350 over the 777 and 747.

How good is world Traveller plus?

Service on both flights from them was smooth and swift. I am far from an experienced traveller, and only through my partners generosity was I able to experience BA World Traveller Plus, but I can highly recommend it for long haul flights. Paying a little extra for more seat pitch and leg room was well worth it.

Is it worth it to upgrade to World Traveller plus?

Is it worth the extra cost? Yes, but it depends on the cost. If you book your flights just as they are released you could well upgrade from economy from just £100-£200 extra each per person each way and then it is definitely worth the extra, but I don’t think it’s worth more than this.

Does World Traveller plus get priority boarding?

Fly premium economy with World Traveller Plus and treat yourself to a wider seat, longer legroom and priority boarding – all in a separate cabin with an extra checked bag.

What does economy Plus mean on British Airways?

Plus fares offer a suite of benefits to make your journey simpler and easier. You can take more with you, choose where you sit and make free flight changes on the day of departure. Plus fares include a generous checked baggage allowance on top of your hand baggage allowance.

Are drinks free on BA World Traveller plus?

Long Haul. On long haul, British Airways meals are included in the price of your ticket. Expect a four-course meal, followed by a lighter snack service just before landing at your destination. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are also free.

What is the baggage allowance on BA World Traveller plus?

World Traveler Plus (Premium Economy): 2 bags free weighing 23kg (51 lb) Club Europe (Business): 2 bags free weighing 32kg(70 lb) First Club World (Business): 3 bags free weighing 32 kg (70 lb) You may take bags up to the dimensions 90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5″ x 29.5″ x 16″), including the handle, pockets and wheels.

What is the Best Airline for Premium Economy?

Virgin Atlantic is named the World’s Best Premium Economy Class airline, ahead of Singapore Airlines in 2nd place and Lufthansa in 3rd position.

What does World Traveler Plus mean?

World Traveller Plus’ generous and flexible baggage allowances lets you travel light, or pack as much as you need for a longer trip. You can take both a cabin bag, and a laptop or handbag on board, plus two bags with you on board; double the allowance for most economy services.

Do you get free drinks on BA premium economy?

Premium Economy is still *Economy* so no wonder you got economy bar run. You are free to get up at any time and help yourself to drinks from the galley and unlike many airlines, BA offer alcohol free of charge. You’re not supposed to get first class meals and running out of main course options can happen in any cabin.

Is food free in BA lounge?

The lounges in Terminal 5, the home of BA are excellent. Spacious, too numerous to list them all or try them all out in one visit, they offer a range of complimentary food, from snacks and drinks through to breakfast, as well as light meals and fresh fruit.

How does premium economy look like?

Skyscanner also reports that premium economy offers, on average, five to seven inches more legroom than economy, typically with “wider seats and more space to recline.” It’s the amenities, too — premium economy provides different meal offerings than the main class cabin, amenity kits, and priority boarding.

Is it worth paying for seats on British Airways?

If you are a solo traveller, it’s smart to pay for some of the best window seats in Club World even though the seat selection price does seem steep at first. This is because some of these seats have both incredible privacy and the closest to direct aisle access you’ll find in this class on this airline.

Is premium economy worth the money?

Typical benefits include better seat selection during booking, wider seats and more legroom, prioritised check-in and boarding, plus premium meals, services and amenities. Premium economy offers more perks than economy class, and is typically much cheaper than business or first class.

How do I upgrade to World Traveller plus?

You can upgrade at any time if you log onto your booking on ba.com. Go to Manage My Booking, click on the flight you want to upgrade > Upgrade > Upgrade this flight with money. The standard upgrade will likely be expensive as it includes a change fee and the fare difference.

What is premium economy class flight?

Premium economy class, also known as elite economy class or economy plus class, is a travel class offered on some airlines. This travel class is positioned as a middleground between standard economy class and business class in terms of price, comfort, and amenities.

Is British Airways business class worth it?

It is worth upgrading to British Airways Business Class as long as the ticket price is no more than double the cost of the Premium Economy ticket. Faster check-in through the dedicated Business Class desks, as well as being the one of the first people to board the plane (just after First Class passengers have embarked).

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The most lucrative rewards program for every type of traveler

Flying with a plus-one prefer a short-term rental there’s a reward for that..

Travel rewards programs have been around for decades. In 1981, American Airlines created the one of the first travel industry loyalty programs. Soon after, travel rewards credit cards came on the scene. Now, these types of plans are everywhere. The largest programs are worth tens of billions of dollars, sometimes more valuable than the companies that own them .

If you travel frequently, enrolling in a rewards program is bound to happen. Sign up and access free onboard WiFi, says one airline ( Delta Air Lines ). Become a member and get free late checkout, declares this hospitality group ( Leading Hotels of the World ).

The best travel credit card for every type of traveler

While your inbox may be a labyrinth of airline, hotel and credit card offers, if you’re a regular traveler, it may be time to open up a few of those emails. Rewards enthusiasts know that with the right program, travel can become a better (and less costly) experience.

“It can be overwhelming so it’s important to prioritize how well a program fits into your lifestyle and not the other way around,” says Juan Ruiz, a travel loyalty expert and senior editor for Upgraded Points . “Don’t think about how popular a program is, but instead, consider where you’re going, how often you plan to travel and if you’d be able to use the benefits.”

Here are a few to consider to start raking in the rewards, based on how you travel.

For the traveler who wants a hotel to be everywhere

Travel rewards program: Marriott Bonvoy

Frequent travelers aren’t always going to the same places. Whether it’s a client meeting in Fargo, N.D. ( Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo ); a safari expedition in the Masai Mara ( JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge ); or catching a show in the West End ( the London Edition ), the places we visit are highly disparate.

Marriott is a behemoth of a global hotel chain with more than 30 brands and 8,700 properties in 139 countries; in fact, it’s the largest hotel group in the world. Marriott Bonvoy rewards members can earn and redeem points at a wide variety of hotels, from budget to midrange to luxury.

While the number of points to redeem at its hotels can fluctuate dramatically from date to date and hotel to hotel, Marriott is a powerhouse of a program for one simple fact: There’s a good chance there is a Marriott hotel where you want to go.

For the traveler who usually flies with a plus-one

Travel rewards program: Southwest Rapid Rewards

For those travelers who enjoy hopping around with a designated buddy, this one is for you.

Southwest Airlines has always been a bit of an eccentric yet much-loved carrier , and there are remnants of that to this day. The company’s coveted Companion Pass — part of its Rapid Rewards loyalty program — is an elite travel benefit that’s almost too good to be true. Unlike other similar passes in the travel world, there are no strings attached.

Southwest doesn’t do red-eye flights — but that may be changing

The Companion Pass allows another passenger to fly with you for free (plus taxes) an unlimited number of times — for the life of the pass. Traditionally, the pass is valid for the rest of the year it’s earned, plus the entire following year. That even includes wildly expensive travel periods, like the days before and after Thanksgiving.

To earn the pass, you must earn 135,000 qualifying points or fly 100 qualifying flights with Southwest in a calendar year. However, credit card spending — and even the bonus you earn when signing up for a Southwest card — counts.

For the traveler who favors vacation rentals

Travel rewards program: One Key (Expedia, Hotels.com , Vrbo)

Whether you’re fully anti-hotel or simply prefer the comforts of home, there’s only one rewards program for renting that ski cabin, city apartment and waterfront lake house. Airbnb’s biggest competitor, Vrbo, has a program called One Key, which also includes Expedia and Hotels.com . It launched in mid-2023, meaning short-term vacation renters on Vrbo can now get something back for all of their spending.

A golden era of airline status is ending

Regardless of what you book — that includes accommodations like adult treehouses — members earn cash-equivalent “OneKeyCash” currency toward future trips. While it isn’t a massive amount (we’re talking about 2 percent back), vacation rentals are now part of a larger rewards program, and that’s a big deal.

Expedia Group, the parent company of Vrbo, created the One Key rewards program to work across all three of its travel booking platforms. You can earn rewards on Vrbo, Expedia or Hotels.com — and then spend those rewards on any of the others.

For the traveler who wants to maximize their spending

Travel rewards program: Transferrable rewards currencies

Rewards credit cards, when used responsibly, can be an extraordinary travel asset. With the right program, everyday spending can get you closer to the next trip.

While there’s no such thing as a single “best” travel credit card, certain cards are more well-rounded than others. Transferrable rewards cards allow you to move one reward point to another. These include cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards , American Express Membership Rewards , Capital One Rewards , Bilt Rewards and others.

Look at American Express’s program, for instance. These rewards can be earned by spending on select American Express credit cards — and can then be redeemed for travel. In other words, American Express points are not just American Express points. Instead, they have the potential to become Delta miles, Hilton points or dozens of other methods of redeeming. That’s the power of a transferrable rewards currency: options.

By opening the door to a wide variety of other programs, you have the flexibility to redeem with the airline or hotel partner that makes the most sense for your specific travel arrangements.

For the traveler who prefers a boutique stay

Travel rewards program: Leaders Club (Leading Hotels of the World)

If you’re a frequent traveler who loves independent hotels, this one is for you. Leading Hotels of the World is a collection of luxury hotels, with more than 400 properties in 80 countries around the globe.

Checking into a hotel? Prepare for hefty fees and deposits.

Members who are part of Leaders Club receive perks right from the get-go (read: no status required) including a one-category upgrade upon arrival, daily continental breakfast and late checkout. They can also earn and redeem points at coveted properties worldwide, like the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York or Nihi Sumba in Indonesia.

Chris Dong is a freelance travel writer and credit card points expert based in Los Angeles. You can follow him on Instagram: @thechrisflyer .

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Wheel the World Launches Destination Verified Program To Accelerate Accessibility

Posted: December 29, 2023 | Last updated: December 29, 2023

Wheel the World, the travel company dedicated to making travel more accessible for travelers of any disability, recently launched its new Destination Verified program as a way to accelerate accessibility within destinations themselves and promote these destinations to those with disabilities. 

What Is Destination Verified? 

The Destination Verified program is the next step toward accelerating accessibility for travelers across the globe. While its focus is on increasing awareness about and providing detailed, helpful destination-specific accessibility information for travelers who need it the most, it’s a program that Wheel the World’s COO and Co-Founder, Camilo Navarro, believes should be utilized by everyone — including airports and theme parks. 

“The specific problem that Destination Verified is solving is that most destinations don’t have their accessibility information out there: it’s not available or it’s not accurate…” said Navarro in an interview with TravelPulse. “Secondly, even if they have that information, they don’t have the booking solutions, a simple way for people with disabilities to book travel services. Thirdly, [destinations] don’t have enough training and understanding about the different types of disabilities, what are the dos and don’ts, what’s the difference between a cognitive disability and a mobility-related one, a sensorial one.”

“Finally, the combination of these three problems: the lack of information, the lack of booking solutions and the lack of training makes destinations unable to target that specific audience, to attract people with disabilities to visit them. Destination Verified was born to tackle that specific problem.”Destination Verified begins with a destination’s accessibility audit, in which Wheel the World’s trained Mappers assess a location’s accommodations, tours, restaurants and attractions with over 200 data points marking how accessible they are according to those with physical, cognitive and sensorial disabilities. 

For example, when Mappers enter a hotel, they mark and measure any accessible entrances and measure the height of the beds in accessible rooms, among many other things. 

The destination marketing organization (DMO) then receives a detailed report with recommendations on how to improve certain aspects of the destination’s accessibility and is encouraged, though not required, to improve them. 

Destinations that have received the Destination Verified seal also receive a dedicated page on Wheel the World’s website, complete with all the accessible experiences they offer, available to view and book by people with disabilities and their travel companions. 

Travelers who make a Wheel the World account can also input their accessibility needs in their private profile, which is used to filter accommodations and experiences that are accessible just for them. 

DMOs and their partners (such as local tour operators) also receive access to the Wheel the World Academy, a training and certification program that improves knowledge on accessible tourism.

In October, Visit Mesa in Arizona became the first city to receive the Destination Verified Seal. Others have followed, including Visit Colorado Springs, Travel Oregon and Visit Lexington, Kentucky.Mesa, whose motto is “ Live Life Limitless ,” has made some incredible partnerships and progress towards enhancing the city’s accessibility — and the partnership with Wheel the World should help grow the confidence of travelers with disabilities heading there. 

Other partnerships include Aria, Able Vu, Threshold 360, the Hidden Disability Sunflower Program and the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Standards (IBCCES) for its autism certification — all of which are designed to help travelers with disabilities enjoy Mesa. 

“Wheel the World is setting a new standard for accessible travel, and are taking a 360-degree approach by not only assessing the physical space but are also elevating the standard of service through their training,” said Alison Brooks, Vice President, Destination Experience and Advocacy, Visit Mesa. 

“Partnering with Wheel the World as a Verified Destination was a ‘no brainer’ as we strongly feel that for a great visit, both things must be considered,” continued Brooks. “We wanted our visitors to know that they can trust they will have a positive experience as being a Verified Destination will hopefully remove as many barriers as possible, allowing for the visitor to enjoy all of City Limitless.”

Why Does Destination Verified Matter? 

“We are convinced that the world is going to be one hundred percent accessible in the future,” said Navarro. “The reason behind that is because we think that people with disabilities are the largest minority on Earth. There’s no other minority larger than people with disabilities. Sooner or later, every one of us will be part of it as a consequence of aging. So when you look through that perspective, what made us create Destination Verified was that we wanted to accelerate that path. We created the seal of approval with the inspiration of how we can allow more people with disabilities to travel to more destinations in a more confident way.”

Travelers with disabilities take over 40 million annual trips and generate $23 billion annually. This could become a much larger number if there’s accurate and specific accessibility information widely available, as 8 in 10 Americans with a disability reported negative travel experiences due to a lack of information and specialized services. 

Accessibility is also becoming top-of-mind for destinations around the world as they consider how to build back their tourism economies in a more sustainable way. The United Kingdom’s official post-pandemic tourism recovery plan aims to make itself the most accessible country in Europe by 2025. 

“Because the world is going to become accessible no matter what, those who take action first are going to have an advantage over those who don’t take action first, because there’s a business proposition behind it…” said Navarro. “They're not only going to be able to serve the ones who are already traveling but imagine those who are going to start traveling more because there’s more accessibility and inclusive services in place.”

Destination Verified destinations not only provide better services and experiences for travelers with disabilities but they also enhance accessibility and overall quality of life for the people who live there. In short, it’s better for everyone.

A couple visiting Mesa, Arizona, the first-ever destination to receive Wheel the World's Destination Verified seal of accessibility.

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  1. British Airways' World Traveller Plus Premium Economy Cabin: Everything

    British Airways' World Traveller Plus cabin is between business and economy classes and configured in a 2+4+2 layout. It offers 18.5-inch seats with an 8% recline, which is great for sleeping but not so good if the person in front of you wants to recline fully, as it intrudes on your personal space.

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    Pin 57 Tweet 3 Share 14 Email Thinking about an upgrade to British Airways World Traveller Plus? Read our review to see if the cost for a wider seat, priority boarding and food is worth it.

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    If you are able to choose your flight and can see the different planes available, I suggest checking to find the Dreamliner 787 option for world traveller plus as it is definitely a step above premium economy on some of BA's other planes. British Airways World Traveller Plus Review (2017): Online Check-In

  4. Your guide to British Airways World Traveller Plus

    British Airways' World Traveller Plus - which sits between the World Traveller (economy) and Club World (business) classes - improves the economy experience with larger, more comfortable seats; fewer seats in the cabin so that you get more personalised service; additional amenities; and a wider selection of dining and beverage options, making it...

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    Best of all, you can combine these two discounts. Say you want to book a British Airways premium economy fare costing $1,326 round-trip from New York City to Athens, Greece. By stacking the $65 ...

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    World Traveller Plus Business Work or relax in style with lounge access, dedicated check-in and fully flat beds on long-haul. Fly short-haul with Club Europe or to the rest of the world with Club World. Our new Club Suite is also available on selected flights. Club Europe Club World First

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    World Traveller Plus Print this page Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share on LinkedIn. Seating menu Choosing your seat Seating changes and refunds Seat maps This is our premium economy class, available on long haul flights. These maps are representative of seating layouts on board, but may vary according to aircraft.

  8. British Airways Economy: Euro Traveller vs. World Traveller

    World Traveller is British Airways' economy cabin for long-haul flights outside of Europe. It's similar to other airlines' economy offerings on international routes, providing free meals,...

  9. World Traveler and World Traveler Plus

    World Traveler Plus Enjoy a baggage allowance of 2 checked bags of up to 23kg each Enjoy the luxury of 20% more personal space than World Traveler with an additional seven inches legroom and a wider seat.

  10. World Traveller

    World Traveller is British Airways' long-haul economy class cabin, offering a comfortable journey to destinations across the globe at affordable prices.

  11. A smooth ride across the Atlantic: A review of British Airways World

    Round-trip cash fares in British Airways World Traveller Plus (the formal name for its premium economy product) on this route start at $2,076 during the quieter winter months, about three times the price of World Traveller (economy) for the same dates.

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    When you book British Airways Premium Economy, check the specific aircraft you will be flying on as BA offers two versions of their World Traveller Plus product. The old Premium Economy seats look tired and worn with a poor in-flight entertainment system and can be found on some Boeing 767 and 777-200 aircraft.

  13. Review: World Traveller Plus premium economy on a British Airways A380

    The World Traveller Plus allowance is TWO bags on 23kg. Executive Club and oneworld status members have higher allowances. ( Full details of BA baggage allowances are here .)

  14. Review of British Airways Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus)

    8/10. British Airways fly a combination of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with World Traveller Plus available on each long-haul aircraft. The Airbus A380 World Traveller Plus cabin is found on the Upper Deck behind the Club World cabin in a 2-4-2 configuration over nine rows, while the Airbus A350 has seven rows in a 2-4-2 configuration.

  15. The Many Benefits Of World Traveller Plus On British Airways

    World Traveller Plus is British Airways' premium economy product. It is a step up from standard economy, offering passengers more legroom, wider seats, and enhanced in-flight service. While the cost of a World Traveller Plus ticket is higher than economy, the difference in price is often worth it for the added comfort and amenities. In ...

  16. What is "World Travel Plus" on British Air?

    World Traveler Plus (or WT+) is BA's "premium coach" product. Seat pitch (space between rows) is around 38 inches vs. 31 in "World Traveler" (coach), the seat is around an inch wider, and has...

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    6. Re: world traveller vs world traveller plus. 9 years ago. Save. I paid for world traveller plus for Gatwick to cancun flight last year on 777. Personally I did not think wt+ was a terrible product, but its not fantastic either. Smaller cabin was nicer than larger standard one, wee bit extra leg room, seat slightly wider but nothing too ...

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