How to book mixed-class Companion Voucher itineraries

Nov 17, 2019

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While you might ideally want a return flight in first class for your 2-4-1 British Airways Companion Voucher, each year, there are a number of reasons why it might make sense to book a mixed-class redemption with the voucher — meaning you fly one direction in one class and the return in a different class. You may not have enough points to fly in a particular class in both directions, or availability may not be the same in both directions. You might even be happier with a lower class one-way if it means saving your Avios for something else. The good news is that you can absolutely book a mixed-class redemption with your Companion Voucher, and the process for doing so is quite straightforward.

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So how do you go about booking a mixed-class itinerary using a Companion Voucher? When searching for a particular class of service, the BA website will show you multiple classes on the same flight, allowing you the option to choose a different class whether your selected class is available or not.

Let’s say you’re looking at a return flight to New York and you’re happy with either World Traveller Plus one-way (as it’s a day flight), but want a flat bed in Club World back. Or, that’s all that is available.

You can click on World Traveller Plus for the outbound and then Club World for the return. The redemption will be priced as follows (for an off-peak date example) for both passengers:

  • Outbound in WTP: 26,000 Avios
  • Return in Club World: 50,000 Avios
  • Total: 76,000 Avios

The fees and taxes for both passengers would still be payable, charged per flight, per class (so two WTP fees and taxes one-way, plus two Club World taxes for the other). This mixed-fare Companion Voucher redemption would save you 24,000 Avios on a standard Club World off-peak redemption to New York, so it can be a great way to save Avios if you can handle the lower class for one leg of the trip.

Note that both passengers must book and travel in the same cabin as each other — whether the redemption is in the same class both ways or in mixed classes. If there is only one Club World redemption seat available, you will not be able to book one passenger in Club World and the other in WTP using the Companion Voucher even if you want to. You can book mixed-class redemptions only where there are two seats available together in your chosen cabin.

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If, for any reason, you are unable to book the mixed-class Companion Voucher redemption on despite the two seats being available in your chosen class(es), call BA to explain the issue. The representative should be able to book this for you over the phone fairly easily. They should also charge the correct Avios being the combination of the two different classed flights. It’s a good idea to calculate this yourself first to make sure you are not being charged the higher class rate for both flights if you are wanting to fly in a lower (and therefore cheaper) class for one of the flights.

The BA Companion Voucher is one of the most valuable perks available in the U.K. You can earn one via two BA cobranded Amex credit cards, based on how much you spend on the card per year. Read our full guide on the Companion Voucher here.

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