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This post is here for historical reference on how the AARP promotion has changed over time. Here is our archive of major updates from card issuers and loyalty programs. For current information, please see our post on the current AARP British Airways Discount.
British Airways has long had a joint promotion for AARP members. Members of AARP can receive various discounts when booking different classes of flights with BA. Considering that AARP membership costs $16 per year, this discount is a great value since you can save $65 off round-trip economy fares, $130 off premium economy round-trip tickets, and $400 off round-trip premium cabin fares. All three options make an investment in AARP well worth it.
Offer Extended, But Modified
There is some good news and some bad news. The original AARP offer was due to expire on January 31, 2017. The great news is that the promo has now been extended all the way through to December 31, 2017. The not so great news is that the offer is not as generous as the previous one. The new discount bands are as follows:
- $65 off return economy fares
- $130 off return premium economy fares
- $200 off return premium cabin fares
While the discount on Economy and Premium Economy fares have remained the same, the discount on premium cabins is now half at $200. Although this is disappointing, it still constitutes a decent discount on premium cabin tickets. The new offer is valid for bookings made up to the end of December 2017, for flights all the way out to March 18, 2018.
As disappointing as it is to see the discount for premium cabins cut in half, this shouldn’t put you off. Joining AARP should almost be mandatory for anyone flying transatlantic with BA in the next year since you'll more than make their membership fee back on their first flight. As a reminder, you don't need to be 50+ to sign up for AARP. Some benefits do have age requirements but the BA discount does not.
Source: The Points Guy/JT Genter
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