New Terms With The $400 British Airways AARP Discount?

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I’ve written in the past about two opportunities to get discounts on paid British Airways tickets.

Historically both the AARP $400 discount and 10% off discounts can be stacked, which sometimes makes for incredible deals when oneworld publishes discounted premium cabin fares.

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For example, early last week I wrote about the $1,500-1,700 oneworld business class fares between New York and Paris, which could be brought down to ~$1,000 per person roundtrip in conjunction with the above promo codes. That was a hell of a deal, and the fare stayed around for a while.

However, it looked like British Airways may have quietly changed the terms of the $400 AARP discount, which I guess isn’t surprising since that promo really did seem too generous in conjunction with a “cheap” fare.

The $400 AARP discount no longer seems to work on the New York to Paris fare. For example, the ~$1,700 fare is still available:

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And even when you go through the British Airways AARP link, the fare is still the same — there’s no discount:

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Conversely the discount still seems to work for more expensive tickets. When you price out a first class fare, the $400 discount is still reflected. For example, a roundtrip between New York and London costs ~$9,600 in first class:

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And when you go through the AARP link, the $400 discount still works, bringing the fare down to ~$9,200.

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The terms & conditions of the AARP promotion haven’t actually been changed, so I’m not sure where they’re drawing the line here. Is it just “promotional” fares which are excluded, and if so, how are they defining that?

For now I’d mark this as “developing,” though you’re not alone if you can’t get the AARP discount to price with discounted business class fares.

Bottom line

To some degree the $400+ off already discounted business class tickets was too good to be true, so I’m not surprised this was pulled. But ultimately that’s how the hobby works — we find good opportunities, take advantage of them as well as we can, the offer gets pulled, and we find the next good deal.

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Comments

  1. That sucks. I’ve been able to take advantage of the AARP discount not just the Paris deal but others.

    My membership is actually up for renewal. Should I renew?

  2. I am so glad I took advantage of it last Sunday. I purchased the AARP membership and then immediately booked through the AARP website. I did not get the 10% discount since I have no BA Visa. I am taking Open Skies EWR to ORY in October and my fare was 1200 and change. One interesting note with Open Skies, they would like $98 each way to allow me to choose my seat assignment, which is a fee I have never experienced in Business Class before :/ so for now I am taking my chances and checking the seat assignment page every now and then to see if it is starting to fill up. Seatguru only shows one or two ‘less than ideal’ biz-bed seats on Open Skies. Thanks again for the heads up last weekend on this pretty cool deal Lucky.

  3. Err derr. Bloggers like you kill these types of deals again and again for a few click-thrus. An echo chamber – one copying another. Clearly, the ongoing loss to the rest of us is much more significant. Thanks!

  4. @ John — Probably no reason to at this point, if that was the reason you had the membership. You can always sign-up again in the future.

  5. Well, as I read this, I was wondering if any of you found it on the AARP website because you were members, or through BA? I don’t have the time to find every possible discount or tip from the original source. That is why I love Lucky’s blog. He does the work for me. And yes, once any information is made too public and is no longer an incentive for the intended audience, changes will be made. It just happens much faster now that we are all connected.

  6. Actually, I’ve been an AARP member for a few years now, and I’m a BA card visa card holder. It didn’t really take that much intellectual capital to wonder whether both discounts stacked. And, now the travel bloggers have killed it for everyone. This, in fact, has a material impact on my pocket. So, I’m also pretty peeved that the travel bloggers have killed this deal.

  7. this is all the more reason to read you blog more closely/frequently, to not miss on the deals!

  8. Deals come, and deals go. Some of us will snag them, and some of us won’t. Its all part of the game. I’m glad I hopped on this when when I did last week, and was able to apply the AARP discount (Not the BA discount, though, since I don’t currently have that card). My daughter and I love taking mother/daughter trips, and because of this deal, we’ll be able to make some super sonic awesome memories in Paris, Belgium and Amsterdam in July. Thank you so much for posting!

  9. So…. same thought comes to my mind every time I see blogger-bashing comments about posting a deal. If you are posting a comment, obviously you are a reader. So you come here for deals, just like me. If bloggers post deals, readers read deals. It’s the Internet. It’s not a private e-mail or a colleague who whispers a hot stock tip to you on your lunch break. If they didn’t post real and hot deals I wouldn’t bother reading. Move on.

  10. I tried to use the discount and then when it asks to verify my membership a pop up window appears and disappears. Nothing happens then….is this deal still valid?

  11. The reason the flight you found was $1,700 was because it is not on BA, it is on OpenSkies, their new discounted limited route airline. It is no where near the quality, service, and exclusivity of BA’s business class. They almost always have 2,000 business class versus the average $3,785 for BA’s business class product

  12. I can’t book the discount now and YES Bloggers kill EVERY SINGLE DEAL. The issue isn’t that you post it once, its that you KEEP posting it. STOP POSTING EVERY DEAL OVER AND OVER.

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