Open jaw Companion Vouchers mean 2 holidays in 1: TPG reader success story

Oct 20, 2019

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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.

This week, Tom wrote in with a great travel tip for maximising availability using a valuable British Airways 2-4-1 Companion Voucher:

“When redeeming my Companion Voucher through the BA website or app, it only allows single or return trips from the same destination airport. However, I’m not the sort of person who generally flies back from the space flew I flew into unless it’s a short trip.

A few years ago I booked a return Club World redemption to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG) even though I knew I was ending my trip in Lima, Peru (LIM). I initially planned to make my own way back to Rio to take the return flight of my Companion Voucher redemption, but then called BA to ask if it was possible to change the return leg from Rio to Lima. It cost me £90 to do this change but it was definitely better than a long, indirect flight home.

Armed with this knowledge, a year later when travelling to South Africa I didn’t even make the initial return booking online. I checked to make sure there were two redemption seats available from London (LHR) to Johannesburg (JNB) and returning from Cape Town (CPT) back to London (LHR) and called up to book this using my Companion Voucher through a BA customer service agent.

Sure, it’s a little more hassle ringing BA to book something like this but the flexibility of a different return airport that it allows you is totally worth it!”

Tom booked what is called an open jaw booking, where you fly from A to B but then back from C to A (rather than B to A). This allows you to have two holidays in one and is allowed under the terms of booking your Companion Voucher.

There’s one fairly simple but very important rule for booking an open jaw redemption using your Companion Voucher. If you’re booking an A to B then C to A, the distance between B and C cannot be further than A to B or C to A. In other words, the distance between your two destinations you are making your own way between cannot be longer than the distance between either of your flights.

In Tom’s case, its a pretty long flight between the U.K. and South Africa while a relatively short flight between Johannesburg (JNB) and Cape Town (CPT) so he was in the clear.

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