I’ve written in the past about two opportunities to get discounts on paid British Airways tickets.
- If you’re an AARP member (anyone can join AARP for $16 per year, regardless of age — I’m a member) you can save $400 on roundtrip business class tickets booked with British Airways
- On top of that, British Airways offers a 10% discount if you have the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, using promo code CHASEBA10
Historically both the AARP $400 discount and 10% off discounts can be stacked, which sometimes makes for incredible deals when oneworld publishes discounted premium cabin fares.
For example, early last week I wrote about the $1,500-1,700 oneworld business class fares between New York and Paris, which could be brought down to ~$1,000 per person roundtrip in conjunction with the above promo codes. That was a hell of a deal, and the fare stayed around for a while.
However, it looked like British Airways may have quietly changed the terms of the $400 AARP discount, which I guess isn’t surprising since that promo really did seem too generous in conjunction with a “cheap” fare.
The $400 AARP discount no longer seems to work on the New York to Paris fare. For example, the ~$1,700 fare is still available:
And even when you go through the British Airways AARP link, the fare is still the same — there’s no discount:
Conversely the discount still seems to work for more expensive tickets. When you price out a first class fare, the $400 discount is still reflected. For example, a roundtrip between New York and London costs ~$9,600 in first class:
And when you go through the AARP link, the $400 discount still works, bringing the fare down to ~$9,200.
The terms & conditions of the AARP promotion haven’t actually been changed, so I’m not sure where they’re drawing the line here. Is it just “promotional” fares which are excluded, and if so, how are they defining that?
For now I’d mark this as “developing,” though you’re not alone if you can’t get the AARP discount to price with discounted business class fares.
To some degree the $400+ off already discounted business class tickets was too good to be true, so I’m not surprised this was pulled. But ultimately that’s how the hobby works — we find good opportunities, take advantage of them as well as we can, the offer gets pulled, and we find the next good deal.