British Airways AARP Discount Extended To 2015

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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.

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Here are the updated terms:

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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.

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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)

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a win win win. AARP gets thousands of newly “retired persons” to join, all of us get a huge discount off of premium airfare, and BA probably selling a lot more revenue tickets in Club World and First…not at full fare but still more revenue for them than mileage awards generate.

  2. This is why I like reading your blog. You teach me things I’d never learn otherwise. It’s all about diversification.

  3. Is the discount also valid for trips originating in Europe? BA has a business class fare sale going on ex-DUB

  4. @ Geoff — No, the companion certificate is only valid for award travel, while this is only valid for revenue travel.

  5. Sadly it’s doesn’t allow open-jaws, but this came in handy to get the last miles I needed for AS MVP GOLD 75k and the 50k bonus redeemables. I ended up doing IAH-LHR-DOH-LHR-IAH for $742.84 with the AARP discount 16,186 miles @ 4.59 cpm.

  6. @James W – $742 roundtrip in Business from IAH to DOH and back? Wow!

    Thanks Lucky for this – am definitely looking to take advantage of this! So far only seeing the cheapest fares out of NYC but I’ll keep searching…

  7. @ James W — that’s the routing I am also considering; although I believe LHR-DOH has a stop in BAH (I read you can’t get off the plane though).

    @ Stacey — unfortunately, $742 is an economy price. However, keep an eye on the fares as it’s possible to get $1500-1600 tickets in Business after $400 discount. The new Premium Fare Deals forum on FlyerTalk is a great way to track that 🙂

  8. How do you stack both promotions? Looks like they have separate links Chase/AARP? Does the chase promo code work on BA AARP link? Does the Chase 10% off work if I purchase a American on BA site?

  9. @ trish — The BA 10% discount is only valid on BA metal. To stack both, follow the AARP link, and then on the booking page there’s a place for promo codes — enter the BA promo code there.

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