Great news: British Airways extending Companion Voucher expiry by an additional 6 months
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British Airways has extended the expiration dates of all valid 2-4-1 Companion Vouchers and Gold Upgrade Vouchers yet again. This time around, BA has extended the Vouchers by an additional six months as passengers delay travel due to the continued coronavirus pandemic. The airline confirmed to TPG that all Companion Vouchers and Gold Upgrade Vouchers with an expiry date before 31 December 2021 have been extended by a further six months.
Executive Club customers can check their accounts where the expiration date for all valid Companion Vouchers and Gold Upgrade Vouchers will be changed to a date six calendar months later, allowing passengers with no immediate travel plans more time to use them.
If you have not yet earned your annual Companion Voucher, but do so before 31 December 2021, your new Voucher will also have an additional six months added to its expiration date.
The 2-4-1 Companion Voucher is arguably the most valuable perk offered by any U.K. credit card. With it, the Voucher holder can redeem two seats on any return British Airways flight from the U.K., in any class with award availability and only pay the Avios required for one passenger. Both passengers must, however, pay fees, taxes and surcharges.
One Voucher can be earned each year by meeting the following conditions with the following cards:
- The British Airways American Express Credit Card: by spending £20,000 in each calendar year; or
- The British Airways American Express Premium Plus Credit Card: by spending £10,000 in each calendar year.
The Vouchers usually have strict expiry dates. The Voucher redemption must be booked and flown within 12 months of earning for The British Airways American Express Credit Card or within 24 months for The British Airways American Express Premium Plus Credit Card.
If you wish to cancel an existing Companion Voucher booking given the new, extended expiration date, you can do this online in your Executive Club account. You will receive the Voucher, Avios and most fees, charges and taxes back when you cancel, to use at a later date.
Remember, you must book and travel before the expiration date of your Companion Voucher.
Monday’s announcement marks the third time that British Airways has extended its Companion Vouchers. It first extended them in March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic, followed by a six-month extension in October 2020.
Ultimately, it’s great to see British Airways continue to extend its valuable perks, given the ongoing lockdown and travel restrictions in the U.K., rendering travel illegal. At this time, it remains unclear if the airline will also extend status for members, though it is likely.
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