How the TPG U.K. team used our British Airways Companion Vouchers in 2019
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We write a lot about the British Airways 2-4-1 Companion Voucher. You can earn this voucher through the following minimum spends on your British Airways cobranded American Express cards:
- The British Airways American Express Credit Card: £20,000 in each calendar year
- The British Airways American Express Premium Plus Credit Card: £10,000 in each calendar year.
The team here at TPG U.K. diversifies our points strategies across various programmes based on our travel patterns, points currency interests and goals. Daniel Ross has done a Tier Point run in order to earn British Airways Executive Club Silver status, while Emily McNutt is aiming for elite status with Delta.
We receive plenty of questions about how to best use a Companion Voucher, and have published several guides on our suggestions based on different Avios balances. For those of you looking for some extra inspiration, for those in the team who redeemed a voucher in the past 12 months, here’s what we decided to book:
I used by Companion Voucher to book a return Club World redemption to Kuala Lumpur (KUL). It set me back 210,000 Avios plus around £1,100 in total fees and taxes for two people. I then redeemed a GUF2 upgrade voucher to upgrade to first class on the route.
As a general note, Kuala Lumpur can be a great destination to search for availability when using a Companion Voucher, as there seems to be less demand than to nearby Singapore (SIN) and Hong Kong (HKG).
I made a very last-minute redemption to Mykonos (JMK) for the first May bank holiday weekend. With no plans for the long weekend I was able to use the Voucher for two of us to fly to Greece in Club Europe for just 34,000 Avios plus £100 in total fees and taxes booked a few days in advance. The taxes were so low because you can use your Companion Voucher for Reward Flight Savers that have low, fixed fees and taxes.
Considering how expensive cash fares were for the peak travel period, it was amazing value.
I’m off to Australia in January next year for my best friend’s wedding. While it would have been amazing to use the Companion Voucher for British Airways’ only service to Australia (Sydney), this is the single hardest route to use the voucher on, and even booking eight months in advance, there was no availability — even in economy.
So I looked to see where was the closest I could fly to on British Airways metal on the way to Australia that had availability in a premium cabin. Singapore (SIN) had no availability, so I checked other Asian destinations and luckily, there were two seats in Club World available to Hong Kong (HKG). From there, we are using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles to fly to remaining journey to Melbourne (MEL), via Singapore (SIN). Though this might seem like the long way around, given there aren’t any nonstop flights from the U.K. to Melbourne it is only one stop more than the usual one-stop options.
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