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British Airways Premium Economy, Everything You Need To Know

Last updated: May 23,2022
Originally Published: May 23,2022
by Jestan Mendame

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British Airways has its own Premium Economy product called the World Traveller Plus and it comes with wider seats, personalized services, and better food options.

It’s perfect for flyers who want an upgraded cabin experience from World Traveller (BA economy class) but with the cost still cheaper than Club World (BA business class) or first class.

If you’re planning to fly on British Airways premium economy, here are some things that you need to know.

Read More: Your Guide To American Airlines Premium Economy

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British Airways started offering premium economy flights on select routes back in 2000.
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What Is British Airways Premium Economy?

British Airways Premium Economy, officially known as World Traveller Plus, was first launched in 2000 on a few select routes.

The product has undergone a lot of enhancements over the course of many years with the latest ones made in 2018 where new seats were installed on the Airbus a350 and a few Boeing 777 aircraft.

In early 2019, British Airways also enhanced its in-flight services particularly its menus, hygiene kits, and sleeping amenities.

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BA premium economy passengers will get priority boarding and check-in at London airports.
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On-the-Ground Benefits

All British Airways flights pass through London since most of its primary hubs are located at the Heathrow and Gatwick airports. For some of you who aren’t familiar with London airports, security protocols here can be very strict and excessive which can sometimes cause delays for passengers.

But you don’t have to deal with all these stressful experiences if you’re a Premium Economy passenger because you’ll get priority boarding, priority check-in, airport transfers, and many more on-the-ground benefits. Let’s dive into the details!

Priority Boarding & Check-in

BA premium economy passengers will get dedicated check-in desks whenever they pass through airport security making wait times shorter, especially during peak days.

As for priority boarding, premium economy passengers will be assigned to boarding group 3, along with British Airways Executive Club Bronze members and OneWorld Ruby members. Here’s the order of boarding on British Airways:

  • Boarding Group 1
    • First Class
    • Executive Club Gold Members
    • OneWorld Emerald members
  • Boarding Group 2
    • Business (Club World)
    • Executive Club Silver Members
    • OneWorld Sapphire members
  • Boarding Group 3
    • Premium economy (World Traveller Plus)
    • Executive Club Bronze Members
    • OneWorld Ruby members
  • Boarding Groups 4 -9
    • Economy (World Traveller)

Baggage Allowance

BA premium economy passengers are also entitled to two free bags with a maximum weight of 23 kg per bag. Additional bags can be added for a fee.

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BA premium economy passengers will get two free bags for their flight.
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Take note that some routes have and fares may offer greater baggage allowance so make sure to check the baggage policy page first.

Baggage Pick-up Services

In partnership with AirPortr, BA premium economy passengers will get free bag pick-up and check-in services so they can travel to the airport luggage-free. They can choose any location where they want their baggage picked up and AirPortr will the bags to the airport and have them checked in. This service is available for passengers flying out of Heathrow, Manchester, and Gatwick.

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Hot drinks, alcohol, and various meal options are provided for BA premium economy passengers.
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On-the-Air Benefits

Flying BA premium economy comes with numerous perks that will make your trips a much more relaxing and luxurious experience. From its upgraded seats, delicious meal options, in-flight entertainment, to its customer service, you’re definitely in for an amazing flight experience.

Dining Experience

Passengers will get a complimentary starter, main, dessert, and beverages all throughout the flight. You can pick from a wide selection of British food options and have them delivered straight to your seat.

For those who have allergies and specific dietary requirements, make sure to inform customer service ahead of time so they can prepare it for you. They usually have various diet options such as halal, kosher, and vegan.

Spacious Seats

BA premium economy seats have 38 inches of pitch and 18.5 inches of width. It comes with a footrest and more recline giving you more space to stretch and find a comfortable position during long-haul flights. It’s more spacious compared to BA economy seats which only have 31 inches of pitch and 17.5 inches of width.

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BA premium economy seats have 38 inches of pitch and 18.5 inches of width.
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Depending on the aircraft that you fly with, there are about 20-55 seats in the premium economy cabin. For example, the Boeing 777-200 above has 40 premium economy seats while the Airbus A380-800 has 55 premium economy seats.

In-flight Entertainment

BA premium economy seats have a built-in entertainment system so that you can binge-watch your favorite shows while waiting for landing. Here are some of the features that it has:

  • Power outlet for charging your devices
  • Flat-screen monitors and noise-canceling headphones
  • Wide selection of the latest films, programs, music, and audiobooks

Hygiene and Sleeping Amenities

Passengers will get a free special amenity kit to keep them comfortable all throughout the flight. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Comfortable quilt and cushion
  • Hygiene kit that includes all the essentials like lip balm, socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs, and pen.

Booking British Airways Premium Economy Flights With Miles

Using your British Airways Avios is the most cost-efficient way to book or upgrade a flight and there are three ways how you can use your Avios to pay for your flights.

  • Avios Part Payment – Pay for flights using a combination of cash + miles with a minimum requirement of 1,000 miles per transaction.
  • Reward Flights – Regular award flights where you have to pay taxes, fees, and carrier charges separately using cash.
  • Reward Flight Saver – Cheap reward flights with prices that already include taxes, fees, and carrier charges. Reward flight saver flights start at 18,500 Avios. You must earn at least one Avios in the past 12 months to be eligible for this fare.

Here’s a list of regions you can visit using your Avios:

  • Africa – starting from 60,000 Avios
  • Europe, UK & Ireland – from 8,500 Avios
  • Far East – from 70,000 Avios
  • Latin America & Caribbean – from 60,000 Avios
  • Middle East – from 50,000 Avios
  • North America – from 50,000 Avios
  • South and Central Asia – from 60,000 Avios

British Airways is a Oneworld alliance member which means fliers can earn and redeem Avios points through airline partners. Reciprocally, members from other airline partners can also earn and redeem miles from British Airways.

Earning British Airways Avios Through Credit Cards

The British Airways Visa Signature Card is the airline’s co-branded credit card and it comes with a welcome bonus of 100,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.

One of its major perks is the Travel Together Ticket which allows you to bring a companion with you in the same cabin class. You just need to pay taxes and fees.

Apart from co-branded cards, you can also earn Avios through credit card transfer partners. British Airways is a transfer partner of multiple loyalty programs giving you more options to earn Avios. Check the following transfer partners below and see which cards best suit your needs.

  1. Chase Ultimate Rewards (1:1 ratio)
  2. American Express Membership Rewards (1:1 ratio)
  3. Marriott Bonvoy Rewards (3:1 ratio)
  4. Capital One Venture Rewards (2:1.5 ratio)

The great thing about Marriott, Chase, Amex, and Capital One is that they also transfer to other airline and hotel loyalty programs. This means that you have a lot of options on how you want to use your points.

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BA premium economy is a great option for BA loyalists who want to experience a more spacious and exclusive cabin whenever they fly long-haul flights. However, it’s way behind when compared to its competitors like Emirates and Virgin Atlantic.

To simply put it, British Airways literally offers its World Traveller Plus cabin to consumers as a premium economy product, rather than a business class light product.

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