A trick to extend your Companion Voucher expiry: TPG reader success story

Jun 14, 2020

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We’ve been asking to hear your travel success and mistake stories to both celebrate and help our TPG U.K. community — even if you’re not travelling right now.

This week, Sally shared a neat tip to take advantage of British Airways’ Future Travel Voucher offering.

“I read your post about how you were confused about how to use your British Airways Companion Voucher. I was in a similar position, but I got lucky after a tip-off from the BA call centre.

I had redeemed my Companion Voucher, which was due to expire shortly after the trip. However, the flights were cancelled because of coronavirus. I thought I would only receive the standard six-month extension of Companion Vouchers. I wasn’t sure I would even be able to use the Voucher with that short extension because who knows when it will be safe to take a proper holiday abroad again.

I called BA to work out my options regarding a Future Travel Voucher or a refund and the representative gave me some advice I hadn’t even thought of. If I chose a Future Travel Voucher (FTV), the Avios, fees and taxes would be held in that FTV. But the key is that the Companion Voucher will also be held in the FTV, which massively extends the expiration date of the Companion Voucher until 30 April 2022 — the same date as the FTV.

This was a big help for me because I need more than a six-month extension to be able to use the Voucher in the way I normally would.”

This is a great tip if you want to extend your Companion Voucher beyond six months. It’s worth noting that it’s not a perfect solution — if you choose to accept the Voucher, all of the Avios and fees you used for the booking will be “locked up” in the Voucher and will not be returned onto your credit card or back into your Executive Club account.

Each person in the original booking would receive their portion of the value of the original booking as a credit held in the FTV to use how they please. The lead booker can use the Companion Voucher to rebook with the same companion or choose to rebook and use the voucher with someone else.

Related: 10 things you should know about the British Airways Companion Voucher

You could also potentially have hundreds of thousands of Avios tied up in this FTV with your Companion Voucher (as well as hundreds of pounds of fees, taxes and surcharges), which would all be refunded to you if you chose a refund, rather than a Future Travel Voucher.

Thanks for the tip, Sally!

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