TPG reader question: Can I use my British Airways future travel voucher for multiple trips?

Oct 3, 2021

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Now that travel has truly returned, you might be sitting on more than a few British Airways future travel vouchers. These were a quick-fix solution to the waves of cancelled bookings BA suffered from early in the pandemic.

The process caught many TPG readers off guard, and they thought their only option was to accept these vouchers when in fact, where the airline cancelled their flights, they were entitled to a full refund.

British Airways initially made these vouchers extremely difficult to track and redeem, though newly issued vouchers are now viewable and redeemable online.

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Hopefully, you have a list of your future travel vouchers somewhere handy (I use a spreadsheet) and can now redeem them for that long overdue trip.

This brings us to this week’s TPG reader question.

Do I have to use my BA Future Travel Voucher all at once for a flight that cost the same or more as my cancelled flight?
Or can I use it for a cheaper flight and then keep using it for other trips in the future?

Alex, TPG reader

For all the faults of the BA future travel voucher system, they can be used like a gift voucher to book as many flights as you like. If, for example, your voucher was for £600 and you redeemed it for a new flight that cost £400, you would have £200 left to redeem for a future booking.

Rather than keeping the same future travel voucher (FTV) number with a new, lower balance, British Airways’ current process is that Alex will be issued a new FTV to use for future bookings.

All future travel vouchers expire on 30 September 2023. While that’s two years away, now is a great time now to start thinking about how to use your vouchers as well as all those Avios you accumulated during lockdown.

Award availability is better than ever with more guaranteed award seats on British Airways flights as well as excellent Club World availability using your newly earned British Airways companion voucher from your British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card.

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