One of the best ways to save money on transatlantic travel is through the AARP. That’s because British Airways offers significant savings for AARP members. The sweet spot is being able to save $400 on the cost of a roundtrip transatlantic business class ticket.
Given that British Airways and their oneworld partners frequently publish transatlantic business class fares of under $2,000 roundtrip, this is a great opportunity to book business class for only marginally more than economy. I’ve taken advantage of this several times to fly roundtrip business class from the US west coast to Europe for ~$1,150.
The first concern people have when discussing AARP memberships is the age requirement to join. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no age limit to join the AARP. The organization is intended to support seniors, and you don’t have to be a senior to do that.
Ordinarily an annual AARP membership costs $16. However, in honor of Veteran’s Day (which was earlier this month), AARP is selling annual memberships for just $12, which represents savings of 25%.
Okay, you save “only” $4, but if you were considering joining anyway, you might as well save by signing up through this link by November 30, 2016.
In my opinion it’s worth buying an AARP membership proactively, so that you’re ready to go the next time that British Airways has a big sale. It’s a small price to pay for big savings, especially since a single membership can get you the discount for multiple passengers.
(Tip of the hat to Ani)