The past couple of years we’ve seen more and more discounted premium cabin tickets, which overall is a fantastic trend. Airlines would rather sell premium seats than upgrade people, and in many cases this has lead to some great transatlantic business class fares. Over the past 12 months we’ve seen more sub-$2,000 transatlantic business class fares than I can otherwise ever recall seeing. Just this past week we saw some ~$1,250 business class fares between the US and Europe.
The reason this fare is so low is in part because British Airways has offered AARP members a $400 discount on paid first & business class tickets. Anyone can join AARP for $16 per year, so there’s not much of a “barrier to entry” for taking advantage of this deal.
The offer has been around for a couple of years now, and I’m sort of shocked it hasn’t been pulled. More specifically, I guess I’m surprised they haven’t added a restriction whereby the discount is only valid on full fare tickets.
First the AARP discount was extended into 2015. Then in April of this year the discount stopped working for a while, leading many of us to believe they changed the terms. They hadn’t. Then earlier this month the discount stopped working for about a week, leading many of us to the same conclusion. Clearly the offer wasn’t dead, given how many of us used it this past week.
Well, it looks like the AARP British Airways discount has been officially extended into 2016. While British Airways’ website hasn’t yet been updated with this information, AARP’s website has (bolding mine):
The exclusive discounts as indicated on this offer page are available online to AARP members only via the dedicated link on this page when booking a round-trip through fare (round-trip flights with connection to final destination, separate tickets do not qualify for discount) from select US gateways to UK and beyond. Customer must be an AARP member or must travel with an AARP member to be eligible for this exclusive offer. The exclusive discounts are based on round-trip purchase off any published retail World Traveller (economy), World Traveller Plus (Premium economy), Club World (business class) or First fares on ba.com via exclusive link, valid for outbound travel through March 31, 2017 on British Airways and British Airways codeshare services operated by American Airlines and on British Airways codeshare services operated by Iberia only. American Airlines and American Eagle flights with a BA flight numbers that connect to BA operated, AA operated with BA flight numbers and IB operated with BA flight numbers transatlantic flights are permitted. Additional restrictions may apply.
The 2015 offer was available for outbound travel through March 31, 2016, while that has now been extended by a year.
It seems like the AARP discount will stick around for another year, which is fantastic news. The frequent business class fare sales we’ve seen between the US and Europe, along with this discount, have really made transatlantic business class much more attainable.
Have you taken advantage of the British Airways AARP discount yet? If not, do you plan to?
(Tip of the hat to FrequentMiler)