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I’ve written in the past about the awesome discounts you can get for travel on British Airways by being an AARP member.
This discount offers $400 off of roundtrip business class tickets, even when they’re discounted already (there are also discounts of $65 for economy tickets and of $130 for premium economy tickets). So when there’s a fare sale between the US and Europe, this knocks a further $400 off the price of a ticket, often bringing the cost of a flight down to what you’d expect to pay for economy class.
The offer was only supposed to be valid for bookings made through October 14, 2014, and we weren’t sure whether they were going to extend it beyond that or not.
Last week I posted about how AARP extended the offer through October 31, 2014, which I found a bit odd. Extending a promotion by only two weeks didn’t make me feel very confident that it would be extended beyond that.
Anyway, it looks like we’re in luck. The British Airways AARP discount has now been extended for trips booked through October 31, 2015, for outbound travel through March 31, 2016.
Here are the updated terms:
As a reminder, anyone can join the AARP, so for a $16 per year membership fee you’re eligible for these discounts.
This promotion is also stackable with the 10% discount on British Airways tickets offered to those with the British Airways Visa Signature® Card. The major distinction worth noting is that the AARP discount is valid on codeshare flights as well, while the Visa discount is only valid for travel on British Airways “metal.”
Given that there are almost always fuel surcharges for award redemptions on British Airways, this in many cases makes outright booking a paid business class ticket on British Airways a better value than redeeming miles for it. During sales, these discounts have dropped some business class fares down to ~$1,500 roundtrip.
Keep in mind oneworld is offering bonus miles for premium cabin transatlantic travel, which potentially makes paying cash for business class even more lucrative.
(Tip of the hat to Drew)