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. The savings for roundtrip tickets between the US and Europe have been $65, $130, and $400, respectively.
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.
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?
Anyway, a few weeks back British Airways temporarily increased the AARP discount for bookings in economy and premium economy. They were raised to $100 and $200, from the previous amounts of $65 and $130, respectively. Unfortunately it looks like that has been discontinued, and now the AARP savings are back to what they were before.
However, there is some good news. The AARP discount was supposed to expire for bookings as of July 31, 2016, though has now been extended through October 21, 2016.
Historically this discount has only been renewed pretty last minute, so I’m very happy to see that they’ve extended this promotion yet again.
However, do note that the “travel by” date hasn’t been extended yet. Travel still has to be completed by March 31, 2017, as was the case before.
It’s great that the British Airways AARP discount won’t expire in a couple of days, as it’s one of the best ways to score cheap transatlantic business class tickets. While the “book by” date has been extended by a few months, there have been no changes to the “travel by” date. Hopefully that’s eventually updated as well.
Regardless, we often see some fare sales around Thanksgiving and Christmas, so even if the “travel by” date isn’t extended, this extension is still very useful.
(Tip of the hat to No Mas Coach)