We’ve seen quite a few excellent business class fare sales this year for travel between the US and Europe, often around $2,000 roundtrip.
British Airways A380 Club World
While that’s a good fare to begin with, if traveling with British Airways there are a couple of ways to knock the fare down even further:
- AARP members receive a $400 discount on roundtrip business class tickets, also valid for travel on their partner airlines
- British Airways Visa Signature Cardmembers receive a 10% discount for travel exclusively on British Airways
The best thing is that these two promotions can be combined. In other words, you could knock $400 off a $2,000 business class ticket, bringing down the cost to $1,600. And then you could get a further 10% discount, for a total of ~$1,440. That’s a heck of a discount!
The bad news is that the AARP discount was set to expire as of October 14, 2014. While you could make bookings for outbound travel through March 31, 2014, that was the last day you were supposed to be able to book.
So, will the British Airways AARP discount be extended beyond October 14, 2014? Well, the AARP discount is still valid as of now, even though the promotional text hasn’t been updated.
However, if you look at the terms of the promotion, it looks like the AARP discount has been extended for bookings made through October 31, 2014:
For new bookings only made November 1, 2013 – October 31, 2014.
Will the discount be extended beyond that? I certainly hope so, as these are potentially huge savings. That being said, I’m not totally sure the numbers are working out in British Airways’ favor here, given that presumably the promotion is largely being used by people getting further discounts on already discounted business class tickets. And anyone can join AARP for just $16 per year, so there’s not exactly a huge barrier to anyone taking advantage of this discount.
Anyway, it’s not too late to use this discount, and here’s to hoping it’s extended beyond the end of the month!
Have you used the British Airways AARP discount yet?