There are few things that make me happier while travelling than getting an upgrade on a long flight. That is what happened on this British Airways World Traveller Plus review…and I’m not sure why. I have theories and will share 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.
What Is The Difference Between British Airways Premium Economy & Business Class?
Economy Plus should really be thought of as “Business Class Minus.” 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.Compare prices on British Airways World Traveller Plus flights with Skyscanner
Route: London to Vancouver
Highlights: Entertainment and High Tea
Low lights: Meals
World Traveller Plus Review – Seats
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 – 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.
The amenities bag on this World Traveller Plus review was standard but lacking compared to those I found on Swissair, EgyptAir, and Turkish. Inside you will find earplugs, socks, toothbrush and paste, a pen, and 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.
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.
World Traveller Plus Review – Food & Drink
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 – 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.
So is it Worth the Upgrade to British Airways Premium Economy?
Given my experience in Economy (and recent reports of bedbugs!), I believe an upgrade to World Traveller Plus is worth the extra pounds if you were flying long enough. If you are looking to just sleep and can do so in cramped spaces then there’s not much for you in an upgrade.
If you want to enjoy business-class services and amenities at a fraction of the cost (minus the lay flatbed) then the upgrade to World Travel Plus is highly recommended.