British Airways is currently selling discounted tickets for premium economy class flights from Dublin to various destinations in the USA. Especially trips to cities on the west-coast, such as Seattle are a sweet offer. While prices starting around €659 are cheap, and the fare allows for two pieces of checked luggage, availability, unfortunately, is already limited.
Here’s a list of destinations that we’ve found to be offered at an attractive price:
Your trip will always include at least one layover. Sometime you will change aircraft in London, sometimes at an American Airlines hub in the USA. If you can choose, we’d recommend booking via London. Since flights within the USA don’t offer premium economy, you could end up sitting in regular economy class on the east-to-west coast flights.
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The fare rules don’t give any indication as to how longe this deal will be available. But you will have to book your tickets at least seven days in advance if you want to benefit from this offer. The minimum stay requirements are for one night from Saturday to Sunday. And you can spend up to 3 months in the USA if your immigration status allows for it.
We’d recommend you use Google Flights (instructions) as a starting point here. The tool will display all prices and connections correctly. That way, you can also check the actual routing to make sure you get as much flight time in premium economy as possible. You will be able to find most cheap seats in February and March.
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.
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 Boston with British Airways via London would get you:
- 10,930 on Finnair Plus
- 7,010 on Air Italy Meridiana Club
- 7,010 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 7,010 on British Airways Executive Club
- 7,010 on Iberia Plus
- 6,810 on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 6,790 on American AAdvantage
- 6,790 on LATAM Pass
- 6,790 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 6,790 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 6,650 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 6,650 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 6,650 on Asia Miles
- 6,650 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 6,650 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
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.