British Airways’ Excellent AARP Discount Has Been Extended

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?

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British Airways business class

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.

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British Airways 777

Bottom line

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)


  1. Is that a travel by date, or begin travel date? I booked a RT to Italy beginning on March 31, 2017 and returning 2 weeks later. The discount was still valid for me.

  2. I’m going to book a flight on BA from JFK to Heathrow on May 23rd returning June 25th. When will we know if the fly by dates have been extended? I am an AARP member — God I feel old! Thanks! Chrystle

  3. Just found this on the BA site which answers my question…

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

  4. Does anybody know if it is possible to book from LHR to the US and return to the UK using this deal, or is it just for stateside departures?

  5. A great deal & again why I read Ben’s blog. I dont fly much but really enjoy his stories and tips. He has best blog/reports on the industry.

  6. Hello, I would like to find a flight from Bangkok,Th. through Europe into Boston and return to Bangkok for the fall of 2017 for 3 business seats,(myself,wife and daughter) for approximately 5 weeks. I don’t want to fly across the Pacific or western USA as I’m going to be only on the east coast. Thank you.

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