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You do not need to be 50+ to become a member of AARP and enjoy all of its discounts! One of the biggest perks of being an AARP member is the numerous travel-related discounts for which you get access. The $16 annual membership fee can quickly be turned into hundreds of dollars in savings. While the hotel discounts have lost their muster, given that Hyatt is no longer offering AARP discounts, and other hotel chains member discounts are equaling or exceeding AARP discounts, one discount benefit that remains treasured is the British Airways discount.
The way the AARP British Airways (BA) benefit works is that you receive a discount for roundtrip BA reservations based on the class of service flown.
A few other things to keep in mind about the AARP BA discount:
- Flights do not necessarily have to be operated by BA for the discount to apply. BA codeshares on American Airlines, Open Skies, Iberia, and Finnair are also eligible.
- Only round-trip bookings are eligible for discount (one-ways and open-jaws do not qualify).
- Only flights booked via the AARP section of the BA web site will be eligible for the discount.
- Anyone can be an AARP member, regardless of age.
- As of today, the AARP BA discount is valid for bookings completed by January 31, 2020, and for travel completed by December 31, 2020. However, BA is likely to extend its AARP relationship beyond these dates.
- Discount is valid from select U.S. gateways to the UK and beyond.
- AARP member offer is open to U.S. residents paying in U.S. dollars only.
For any U.S. resident considering round-trip travel with BA to Europe, becoming an AARP member, before you book your flights would be a wise decision. Not only would you instantly recover what you paid for your AARP membership but, depending on the class of service flown and the number of passengers, you could turn a $16 investment into savings of $200 per passenger.
Even if you are not considering a BA round-trip booking, the other discounts (even those that aren't travel-related) you receive make paying the AARP membership fee likely absolutely worth the investment.
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