British Airways has some “Black Friday weekend offers,” where they’re offering discounted business class tickets from the US to Europe when traveling as a pair. The catch is that the eligible travel dates are fairly limited. The promotion is valid for travel from December 10, 2016, through January 14, 2017, and June 20 through August 29, 2017.
Through this sale, British Airways is advertising the following fares:
- New York to Barcelona for $1,880
- New York to Madrid for $1,885
- Washington to Dublin for $1,964
There are many other city pairs, though those are just a few examples.
The above fares don’t seem that great on the surface but keep in mind that you can use some tricks to lower the ticket cost by $400 and 10%.
First, you can save $200 per ticket by being an AARP member. Anyone can join AARP for $16 per year — there’s no age requirement.
You have to click through the AARP portal to receive the discount, and the discount will be reflected in the flights as you select them. The discount is valid on British Airways marketed flights, though you can fly on a partner like American.
To give an example, let’s take an itinerary from New York to Barcelona which costs ~$1,943 per person. After going through the AARP portal you’ll save $400 per person, bringing the cost down to $3,087.10 for both passengers, or ~$1,543.55 per person.
You can also save a further 10% by using promotion code CHASEBA10 at the time of booking, which is valid for those with the British Airways Visa Signature Card. That brings the cost down to $2,778.40, or $1,389.20 per person.
While the AARP discount can be used on codeshare flights, the 10% discount for paying with a Visa card is only valid for flights marketed and operated by British Airways. In other words, you could fly nonstop from New York to Barcelona on American for under $1,500 per person, which factors in the $400 AARP discount, though doesn’t get you the 10% discount.
As stated above, there are lots of other eligible city pairs, so you can use ITA Matrix or Google Flights to look at British Airways fares of under $2,000 (or so), and then after adding in the discounts, you’re looking at tickets of under $1,500 roundtrip per person.
This won’t be for everyone as you do need to travel as a pair and the travel dates are limited, but if you’re wanting to escape the US over Christmas and New Years, this is a great opportunity to do so.
Anyone plan on taking advantage of some of these great fares?
(Tip of the hat to No Mas Coach)