Last week saw the combinations of some wonderful deals that made for incredible sale fares in business class on British Airways and American Airlines from the US to Europe. I got in on it late but was still able to rack up some pretty incredible deals with one of the important factors being the AARP membership that cost me $16 and saved me $1,600!
How A $16 Membership Saved Me $1,600 On Airfare
AARP Discount – Not Just For Older Folks!
Getting a membership in AARP is actually not only for those 50 and older. Anyone can sign-up but apparently not receive all the benefits of the program unless you are older than 50. As a result, I signed up for $16 for one year and that gave me access to one of the best discounts they have and it is for travel.
AARP has a travel discount with British Airways that gives an amount off of various tickets. The breakdown looks like this:
- Save $65 on World Traveller (economy)
- Save $130 on World Traveller Plus (premium economy)
- Save $400 on Club World (business class) and First Class tickets.
The sale last week was for business class tickets and it originally started at $2,000 each. Once you went through your AARP membership link to British Airways, you received $400 off of that price. After that, you were able to use 30,000 Avios to bring the price down another $763 – a pretty great deal! At one point during the day, the starting price was actually around $1,600 with some as low as $1,400 so the end price was under $300 per ticket!
I did not get in until later but was still able to find some flights (4 in all, hence the $1,600 saved) that worked for me and with a total all-in price of under $300 each! Obviously, I had traded 30,000 Avios on each ticket to get it that low, but the first step was in the $400 discount from the AARP/British Airways discount (because of promotions, I was actually just trading the Avios for American Airline miles as I will be receiving well over 30,000 AA miles for flying).
A Worthwhile Investment
For $16 for a year (and a spouse/partner are free as well), it is worthwhile to get it if you want to be ready for the next business class sale from British Airways! They have run quite a few this year to Europe (although not with the sale component that let you get 2.5 cents per Avios) that were available to purchase for under $1,200 with some under $1,000. For travel to Europe during peak times, that is a great price for economy – to get to do it in business in fantastic! Of course miles are better, but if you were planning on using British Airways to get to Europe, you would likely have some high taxes/fees/surcharges anyway, so this is a good deal!
To make it better (though it did not stack with these deals last week but does with just the AARP discount), you can get an additional 10% off if you use the British Airways Visa (currently offering 100,000 Avios after meeting all spending) by using code CARDOFFERU.
Always nice to see big discounts and this one certainly helps! It was actually my first time using it because I am normally tied to Star Alliance carriers. However, this great sale will get me to AA Executive Platinum for the first time so I may be making use of it more often!
How about you? Have you used the AARP discount with British Airways before?