British Airways Discounts For AARP Members

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I’ve written in the past about the 10% discount on British Airways ticket purchases that’s offered to those with the British Airways Visa Signature® Card. While there’s of course some fine print, it’s quite straightforward. The 10% discount even applies towards the fuel surcharges, taxes, and fees.

If you’re trying to collect oneworld miles, booking paid tickets on British Airways can make sense, given that they have a fairly generous upgrade policy.

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British Airways 747 first class

I especially highlighted the “sweet spot” of booking premium economy tickets and upgrading them to business class.

But there’s another discount which British Airways offers, which in many cases can be even more lucrative.

AARP members can save between $65 and $400 per roundtrip British Airways ticket originating in the US. The amount you save depends on the cabin you’re flying:

  • First Class: Save $400
  • Business Class: Save $400
  • Premium Economy: Save $130
  • Economy: Save $65

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The basic terms are as follows:

  • Roundtrip travel originating in the US is required (one-ways and open jaws don’t qualify)
  • Travel must be booked by October 14, 2014 (though there’s a good chance that will be extended, I think)
  • Valid for outbound travel by March 31, 2015
  • Valid for travel on British Airways as well as codeshare flights operated by American Airlines and Iberia
  • You must book through the link on the website — this can’t be booked via the call center or another website

Anyone can join the AARP

While the AARP is intended for people 50+, anyone can join. I just paid $16 for a year long membership, and was honest about my age. So anyone is eligible to join.

The discount is really straightforward

To take advantage of this offer, you just have to go to the promotional British Airways AARP page, where you’ll be prompted to log into your AARP account.

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Once you’re logged in you’ll be logged into the front page of the British Airways website, where you can begin the booking process. The discounts will automatically display when you try to make the booking.

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What I’m most excited about with AARP discount

Oneworld frequently has transatlantic business class fare sales. Sometimes the fares are under $2,000 roundtrip. When you take off another $400, that’s a heck of a deal.

I’m not seeing any especially good fares right now, though lets take a look at business class fares around Thanksgiving, just as an example. I see British Airways fares of ~$2,400 roundtrip for business class between New York and London.

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When you apply the $400 discount, it brings it to a very reasonable ~$2,000 roundtrip.

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So if we saw business class fares in the $1,800-$2,000 range, that would be an even better value once you apply the $400 discount.

Is the AARP or British Airways Visa Signature® Card discount better?

Which discount is better probably depends on which class of service you’re booking. In this case the numbers are easy to crunch, because you’re comparing a percent discount to a fixed discount. You’d be better off using the British Airways Visa Signature® Card discount if:

  • You book an economy ticket that costs more than $650
  • You book a premium economy ticket that costs more than $1,300
  • You book a business class ticket that costs more than $4,000
  • You book a first class ticket that costs more than $4,000

One important distinction to note is that the AARP discount applies to codeshare flights as well, while the British Airways Visa discount doesn’t.

Bottom line

I’m always looking for discounted premium cabin oneworld tickets, so now will be looking even more closely as the $400 discount has the potential to be extremely lucrative in conjunction with a good fare.

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Comments

  1. Andrew says

    Several thoughts on this:
    Buy business, earm miles and upgrade to first. It is a savings in miles and the cost is about $1,000 over the fuel surcharges of an award ticket.

    At times they run mileage bonuses for buying premium tickets to London. If you can team up the AARP discount, a low fare and the mileage bonus you can bring the net cost down.

  2. LindaK says

    @ Lucky, the things you do for a discount, I love it. :-) Well, that explains why I have been getting occasional AARP membership offers since I was in my 20′s. Didn’t know there wasn’t an age limit, so won’t take it personally anymore. ;-)

  3. sonya says

    How do I get these posts off of my Facebook? No other bloggers have highjacked my personal facebook acct???

  4. Eric says

    you mean to say if you book a first class ticket more than 4k (repeated yourself on last 2 bullet points)

  5. AnonChi says

    Lucky – this one expires as of 10/14/14 (book by this date) and the BA Chase Card one ends as of 12/31/14 (travel by this date). Could you do the research for your readers and find out if these will be extended? I want to get the Chase BA card but no point if the 10% discount is going away (it’s no longer listed on the landing page).

  6. says

    The only sad part of the Chase 10% is it’s for flights originating from the US. So the LHR -> EDI flight I need to purchase doesn’t qualify. :(

  7. lucky says

    @ sonya — I don’t have the ability to hijack your Facebook? Have you “liked” the blog on Facebook? If so and you don’t want to see the posts there, you can “unlike” it.

  8. lucky says

    @ AnonChi — Historically they’ve been extended, so I suspect they will be extended again. No way to know for sure, though, and I doubt AARP or Chase know yet either.

  9. JustSaying says

    Too funny…..charge a $1,000 on a “free” ticket and discount it 10% to $900 and tell old people to “shut up and be grateful”………..right in an Austin Powers kinda right…………..

  10. lucky says

    @ rahul-where is rahul — Assuming you can book it as an American flight number and not a codeshare then you should be able to.

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