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.
One thing which has made those fares even more attractive is that British Airways has offered AARP members a $400 discount on paid first & business class tickets.
The thing is that anyone can join AARP for $16 per year — there’s no requirement to actually be a senior.
I wrote about the promo last year when it was originally supposed to expire, but it was extended into 2015. This $400 discount code has lead to some outrageously good business class fares, as the code worked even on discounted business class tickets, like sub-$1,200 business class fares to Europe this past summer.
Anyway, the current version of the AARP discount was supposed to be valid through October 31, 2015, and I certainly wouldn’t count on the promotion being renewed beyond that (though I wasn’t expecting it to be renewed last time either, so…!).
That being said, it looks like the British Airways AARP discount may have been pulled early. When trying to access the offer now, I’m brought to the following page after logging in, which indicates “We regret that the special discount offer is currently unavailable.” And that’s before I select a specific date, class of service, etc.
Unfortunately I wouldn’t be surprised if the offer is dead.
This promotion had a good run. Clearly when they designed the promotion they weren’t thinking it would primarily be used by people already booking substantially discounted business class tickets. But it has lasted for a long time, and I know thousands of people have saved money on business class tickets with this promo.
Of course I hope the promotion returns and it being “currently unavailable” is temporary, but I’m not counting on it.
Were you able to take advantage of the $400 British Airways AARP discount offer at some point? Do you think the promotion will return?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)