How to save up to $200 plus 10% off British Airways round-trip flights in 2020

Jan 23, 2020

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – British Airways Visa Signature Card       

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with an extension of this promotion. It was originally published on Jan. 15, 2019.

British Airways may not be highly popular among miles collectors due to the high surcharges it charges on award flights. However, BA’s many U.S. gateways and European destinations make it a great airline for getting a deal to Europe, and booking cheap BA premium-cabin flights can be a great way of earning American Airlines status. But, if you’re paying full price for those flights, you’re leaving money on the table.

After all, anyone can pay a $16 per year membership fee to save up to $200 per person off British Airways flights. The promotion is a long-running partnership between British Airways and AARP. And, in case you’re wondering, the American Association of Retired Persons will let people of all ages and any employment status sign up and book British Airways flights with a discount. As a 34-year-old non-retired person, I’m a five-year-and-counting member of the AARP — having signed up originally to book a $1,100 round-trip business-class flight to Spain.

While this discount isn’t a guaranteed benefit of AARP membership, it’s been extended each and every year — although it’s been cut back over the years. The latest version was set to expire on Jan. 31, 2020, but we just got the good news that the discount has been extended until April 30, 2020.

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Here’s how the discount breaks down for 2020:

 

In order to get this discount, there are plenty of limitations to keep in mind:

  • Book by April 30, 2020, for outbound travel through Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Must log in and book through AARP’s British Airways discount page.
  • Discount only reduces the base fare. This limits the discount for cheap flights.
  • Valid on British Airways-operated flights and BA codeshare flights operated by American Airlines and Iberia.
  • Must book a round-trip; no open-jaw itineraries allowed.
  • Inbound and outbound travel must be booked in the same cabin.
  • Only valid for “U.S. residents paying in U.S. dollars only, with travel originating in the U.S.”

But, there’s some good news. While the terms and conditions state that “this offer is not combinable with any other discount or deal,” we’ve found that you can in fact combine this $200 with the 10% discount you’ll get when paying with Chase Visa cards.

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While this discount is designed for cardholders of the British Airways Visa Signature Card, we’ve been able to successfully use other Chase cards such as Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card to get this discount. For full details, check out our guide to saving 10% off British Airways flights.

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