Big news: British Airways Companion Vouchers can now be redeemed for solo travel

Jun 13, 2022

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Solo travellers rejoice: British Airways Companion Vouchers can now be redeemed for a 50% discount on the Avios needed for a single passenger.

The valuable travel benefit, earned from the British Airways American Express credit cards has traditionally allowed a cardmember to apply the voucher to a return flight anywhere British Airways flies and book two passengers travelling together while only paying the Avios required for one passenger. Fees, taxes and surcharges for both passengers are still payable — this caveat is not changing.

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While the voucher has allowed pairs travelling together to save tens, if not hundreds of thousands of Avios each year, it has previously only been beneficial for cardmembers travelling with someone else (as the Avios discount is only applied to the second passenger). Solo travellers have long campaigned for the voucher to be used for cardmembers travelling alone. American Express has listened and from Monday (13 June), the vouchers can be redeemed for either one person, or two travellers.

For Companion Vouchers earned from either card (the British Airways American Express Card and the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card) after 1 September 2021, cardmembers can redeem for one passenger and only pay half the Avios required. For context, a peak return Club Suite redemption from London to New York would usually cost 120,000 Avios. A solo traveller could use their Companion Voucher to reduce the cost by 50%, to 60,000 Avios return (a saving of 60,000 Avios). Fees, taxes and surcharges at the Club Suite level are still payable.

As a reminder, vouchers earned on the Premium Plus Card after 1 September 2021 can be redeemed for any class of service (for solo travel or two passengers travelling together), while vouchers earned on the free card after 1 September 2021 can only be redeemed for economy class travel (for solo travel or two passengers travelling together).

There are no changes to how redemptions for two passengers travelling together operate.

Related: My post-coronavirus British Airways Companion Voucher strategy

Bottom line

It’s great to see more options to redeem Companion Vouchers available to solo travellers, one of the most valuable credit card benefits offered in the United Kingdom. The new changes to British Airways Companion Vouchers earned through American Express credit cards will mean great savings for solo travellers, though unfortunately, the frustrating sky-high fuel surcharges for all Avios redemptions on British Airways flights (including on Companion Voucher redemptions) remain for all passengers.

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