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No more AARP discount on lowest BA business fares?
I’ve noticed recently when you search ba.com using the AARP link that the results only seem to be offering discounts on more expensive fares. Has BA quietly adjusted the terms of the offer to now exclude their most heavily discounted fares? I’ve searched everywhere on the BA and AARP sites and can’t find any mention of such a change.
[URL=’https://www.britishairways.com/en-us/offers/partners/aarp-member-benefits’]This page[/URL] on the BA website says that “The exclusive discounts are based on round-trip purchase off any published retail economy (World Traveller) and business (Club World) fares that are greater than the relevant discount for the class of travel on [URL=’https://ba.com/’]ba.com[/URL] via the exclusive link, valid for outbound travel February 11, 2019 – December 31, 2020 on British Airways and British Airways codeshare services operated by American Airlines and on British Airways codeshare services operated by Iberia only. Inbound and outbound travel must be booked in the same cabin.” Note that it says [B][I]ANY published business fare[/I][/B].
As an example, I’m searching IAD to BUD roundtrip departing Dec 9, returning Dec 19, 2019. The lowest J fare for the outbound is $1,071 but that’s just the regular fare, it’s not discounted at all. All of the flights available at that $1,071 fare are regular price, but if you scroll down to the option that costs $2,265, then that shows up as “discounted.” I’ve searched other city pairs and dates and seem to find the same results consistently — cheap business class fares are not discounted, while more expensive ones are.
Is anyone aware of this being a formal change to the BA AARP discount program?