North America: €467 for Premium Economy From Basel & Geneva

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This deal is incredible! British Airways and American Airlines are selling tickets for premium economy flights from Geneva and Basel to multiple destinations in the USA and Canada for prices starting below €500! Availability is good during the upcoming winter season.

Oneworld PE ex CH II
Fares below €500 for flights in Premium Economy

Flights via London or Charlotte will be among the best ones in terms of flight experience. These routes only include short segments in economy class, and the airlines will operate a Boeing 747 or 777 on the long-haul flights. An rather special destination is Toronto. On the flight from London Heathrow, you can be on board of BA’s brand-new Airbus A350!

Search & Book

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find fare rules for this deal. But it seems as if the minimum stay requirements are 6 days. You will be able to see availability starting in November all through to April 2020. The days around Xmas seem to be black-out dates.

Google Flights (instructions) will help you find all available connections. Once you’ve settled for a date, book via the American Airlines website. OTAs won’t display the great fare (yet).

By the way: if you’re looking to upgrade your flight from premium economy to business with Avios, you should book with British Airways directly. Even though the price will go up by around €100.


Tickets for feeder flights will be issued in booking class K, long-haul segments in T (British Airways) or P (American Airlines). Here’s an example of what a flight to Las Vegas with British Airways via London would get you:

  • 17,510 on LATAM Pass
  • 17,510 on Finnair Plus
  • 10,930 on Air Italy Meridiana Club
  • 10,930 on Alaska Mileage Plan
  • 10,930 on British Airways Executive Club
  • 10,930 on Iberia Plus
  • 10,880 on American AAdvantage
  • 10,880 on Aer Lingus AerClub
  • 10,880 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • 10,880 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 10,650 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
  • 10,650 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
  • 10,650 on Asia Miles
  • 10,650 on SriLankan FlySmiles
  • 10,650 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Data provided by Without guarantee on correctness.

Advantages of World Traveller Plus

Seats in British Airways’ Premium Economy Class, World Traveller Plus, are closer to Economy Class than those of some competitors. The maximum seat angle of 110° for example is significantly lower than Lufthansa’s 130°.

But there are two main courses from Business Class to choose from, and the surcharge is very fair. As usual with Premium Economy, two pieces of luggage weighing a maximum of 23 kg each are included.

Upgrade to Business Class with Avios

Flights in Premium Economy Class have a significant advantage over cheap Economy fares: All booking classes (T, E, W) can be upgraded with Avios!

You can either upgrade individual segments after booking or upgrade all flights to Club Europe / World at the time of booking. In theory, you can book by using the ‘Upgrade Online’ function. However, British Airways doesn’t seem to accept the cheap fare there. Nevertheless, you can check the availability on their website. Once you found a seat, we recommend calling the hotline to book your Business Class experience.

All segments of the outward and return flight will be upgraded when you book including upgrade. This means that the feeder flights from and to London-Heathrow will also be upgraded to Club Europe.

If you prefer to upgrade only the long-haul segments, you should check availability before booking and then get your upgrade directly after booking.

For an upgrade, British Airways will calculate the Avios difference between the travel classes (here for an award flight in Club World – World Traveller Plus) + the difference between taxes & fees.


Please note: An Avios upgrade for British Airways flights is only possible if British Airways have issued the ticket.

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