The British Airways AARP Discount Has Been Increased

For several years now, one of the best ways to save money on transatlantic tickets has been through AARP. That’s because AARP has been offering members discounts on British Airways tickets in economy, premium economy, and business class.

When I mention the discount, the first response I get from many is “but I’m not old enough to join the AARP.” That’s not true, as anyone can join for $16 per year. The AARP is about supporting seniors, and membership doesn’t have an age requirement.

For a few years the savings for flights originating in the US have been as follows:

  • Save $65 on an economy British Airways ticket
  • Save $130 on a premium economy British Airways ticket
  • Save $400 on a business class British Airways ticket

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This has coupled very nicely with the increased trend of there being more discounted business class tickets from British Airways, which this offer can be stacked with. Airlines are trying to do a better job of monetizing their premium cabins, and part of that is actually trying to sell all the seats, even if it’s at a discount.

For example, thanks to this discount I’ll be headed to Italy on an ~$1,100 business class ticket from San Francisco. Last Thanksgiving I flew roundtrip business class between Los Angeles and London for ~$1,270. That’s pretty tough to beat, eh?

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British Airways business class

Anyway, it looks like the British Airways AARP discount has now been increased for economy and premium economy. While it hasn’t yet been updated on the AARP website, it has been updated on the British Airways website.

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AARP members can now save:

  • Save $100 on an economy British Airways ticket
  • Save $200 on a premium economy British Airways ticket
  • Save $400 on a business class British Airways ticket

The increased discount is indeed reflected when you price out a ticket, so this isn’t just a glitch.

Keep in mind, however, that as of now the British Airways AARP discount is only valid for bookings through July 31, 2016, and for travel through March 31, 2017. We don’t know yet officially know if the promotion will be extended.

On one hand I tend to think it’s too good to be true, on the other hand it has been extended several times before, and I imagine it’s creating quite a bit of extra demand, which I assume is the intent. In the past the British Airways AARP discount has been extended just days before it was set to expire, so I suppose we’ll find out the fate of the deal in the next couple of weeks.

Regardless, I have a hard time imagining they’d improve the promotion even further just weeks before it’s set to expire.

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British Airways 747

Bottom line

The AARP British Airways discount has saved me thousands of dollars on transatlantic business class tickets, coupled with the 10% discount for British Airways Visa cardmembers. It’s great to see the discount increased for economy and premium economy travel as well. Now the big question remaining is if the discount will be extended for bookings made after July 31, 2016. I suspect it will be, but only time will tell…

Has anyone used the British Airways AARP discount for economy or premium economy tickets?

(Tip of the hat to No Mas Coach!)

Comments

  1. For example, thanks to this discount I’ll be headed to Italy on an ~$1,100 business class ticket from San Francisco. Last Thanksgiving I flew roundtrip business class between Los Angeles and London for ~$1,270. That’s pretty tough to beat

    If you are flying just for the sake of flying then I suggest you should look at it as $1100 spent for a night on a hotel with cramped beds and rooms you have to share with others, but good food and wine thrown in. If you were traveling there anyway, then it may be a good deal.

  2. Too bad BA CW is pretty much the worst J class product in existence worldwide. Even AA knocks the socks off of BA these days – didn’t realize that was even possible!

  3. Is this discount only available for flights on BA, or can it be used for codeshare flights?

  4. Cliiiick bait. It takes you to the sixth paragraph to mention that the increase isn’t for business class tickets, despite you never pumping this discount for anything but business.

  5. Can the AARP discount be credited toward BA’s fuel surcharges, after obtaining a ticket with Avios? If so, how does that work, exactly? And … if flying BA round-trip from the usa, are their ripoff fuel surcharges only assessed on the outgoing flight, but not the return? If that is the case, then booking two one-way awards with Avios may be best — but the key is, how to play the AARP membership to knock out any fuel surcharges? thanks

  6. FYI: This exclusive AARP member offer is open to US residents paying in US dollars only, with travel originating in the US.

  7. Do the AARP discount only apply to my ticket or total quantity of tickets (GF doesn’t have membership)?

  8. Discount is valid per ticket, and can also be used on flights marketed by BA and operated by another airline (AA, for example).

    The CARDOFFERU discount, however, requires all travel to be marketed AND operated by BA.

  9. hiya Lucky (good to meet you at FTU Vegas recently) … I hope you get a chance to offer this re-post directly. Thanks.
    “Can the AARP discount be credited toward BA’s fuel surcharges, after obtaining a ticket with Avios? If so, how does that work, exactly? And … if flying BA round-trip from the usa, are their ripoff fuel surcharges only assessed on the outgoing flight, but not the return? If that is the case, then booking two one-way awards with Avios may be best — but the key is, how to play the AARP membership to knock out any fuel surcharges? “

  10. I have been trying to use the discount for Premium Economy via the AARP site and it only seems to show discounted prices for Business and First. I can confirm that the overall price quoted for Premium Economy is the same as the BA site. I have raised this a number of times with AARP but nothing has been forthcoming other than platitudes. I ended up booking my flight through the BA site out of frustration.

  11. @ Stokely — These discounts are only valid on purchased tickets, so the fuel surcharges are bundled into the fare. You wouldn’t use Avios here.

  12. @ Al — You can use the discount on AA codeshare or AA-operated flights, but you won’t be able to use SWUs, as the ticket will be “owned” by British Airways.

  13. While this is a good deal as long as other carriers are not offering flights at the same price, with or without the AARP discount, having to connect through LHR has be be worth MINUS $100-200. From the US to get to other cities in Europe, you have to transfer from T5 to T3, a royal PITA. And, the security people there are the world’s unfriendliest. I have a hip replacement, and after a security agent admonished me 3 times because I was being “a slow poke,” I asked him for his name. He said to me, “Pied Piper, old man.” There’s no excuse for this, and I filed a written complaint. About 4 months later, I got an acknowledgement letter-that was it. I detest that airport, and I prefer KLM, Swiss, and even American or Iberia biz class to Europe. So, for me, the “discount” is going to have to save me a lot of money before I go through that horrid airport.

  14. @JR – Nope, but mentioning in the post title would more accurately represent what is actually being discussed. It’s not the whole discount being increased, but a subset of which the author has never focused on or used (or at least mentioned using).

  15. Just booked flights for July 2017 in club world, looks like the travel by date has been extended, booked with the discount, no issues

  16. Hi,
    I’m considering booking a flight on finnair which is a codeshare with BA originating out of jfk to hel, would this be eligible for the discount? Based on previous comments it appears to work but I don’t see a box to enter a discount code so cannot be sure. I also am not currently an aarp member so would purchase the membership for the discount only.
    Thanks!

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