How to use a British Airways Companion Voucher with a Household Account

Dec 12, 2019

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Editors Note: This guide has been updated following confirmation from British Airways that one person can redeem two Companion Vouchers for four different people travelling together on the same flights.

If you have earned a valuable British Airways 2-4-1 Companion Voucher via a cobranded British Airways American Express credit card, you may now be looking at the best ways to use it. If you’re eyeing a long-haul premium return redemption, even though you’ll only need the Avios for one person (though both passengers must pay the fees, taxes and surcharges), you may need a big Avios balance in order to book a really good redemption.

Related: The ultimate guide to the British Airways Companion Voucher

The primary Amex cardholder will earn the Companion Voucher in their own Executive Club account, even if a supplementary cardholder actually spent more on the card to reach the threshold to earn the Voucher. The primary cardholder must also be one of the travellers for the Voucher redemption, and note that these Vouchers are not transferrable.

Related: How to best maximise a BA Companion Voucher with 100,000 Avios

But what happens if you do not have enough Avios in your account the redemption you want to make but, for example, the person you are travelling with does? You might want to consider using the Household Account Feature. You can read TPG UK’s guide to British Airways Household Accounts here, but essentially, it’s a way for families living at the same address to share their Avios, as well as being the only way to accrue Avios for children.

Related: The guide to British Airways Household Accounts

Importantly, for Companion Voucher redemptions, it can boost the available Avios for you to book the most comfortable trip you can.

(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)

Say you’ve earned a Companion Voucher yourself in your own Executive Club account and have 50,000 Avios in your account but you want to use the Voucher for a redemption that’ll cost 100,000 Avios. Your spouse, who you wish to travel with using the Voucher, has 100,000 Avios in their Executive Club account, but no Companion Voucher. The Household Account option allows you to combine both Avios balances so there is enough for the desired redemption. Because the two individual balances are different — your spouse has twice as many Avios as you do — British Airways will deduct the 100,000 Avios for the Companion Voucher redemption on a pro rata basis, deducting twice as many Avios from your spouse’s account as from yours (so about 66,000/33,000).

If you are using Avios from a Household Account for your Companion Voucher redemption, then the second passenger must be a member of the Household Account, or a separate nominated ‘Family and Friends’ list.

Related: How to book mixed-class Companion Voucher itineraries

(Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)

Note that if you have two Companion Vouchers to redeem and you would like to use them for your family to travel, you can also use the Household Account feature with each Companion Voucher holder booking from the Household Account for themselves and a family member.

If one person earned two Vouchers themselves, say in subsequent years but has not yet redeemed either, British Airways have confirmed to TPG that one person can use both vouchers on the same trip and would therefore only need to be the one of the passengers travelling on one of the vouchers and can book three other people to travel with them.

Featured photo by Ben Smithson / The Points Guy

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