BREAKING NEWS: Increased AARP discount on British

I think this one slipped under the radar for a lot of people, but as I was checking up on some fare sales, I noticed that AARP increased the discount offered on their flights AND modified their terms and conditions.  Make sure to follow us on twitter for all the latest breaking news and fare sales.

British Airways First Class

British Airways First Class

Being the PROUD card-carrying members of AARP that we are, we never pass up on a deal, especially one that saves us $400 on each and every flight that we take in first or business class.  We joined AARP about 2 years ago, and even my mother was surprised.  She had let her own membership lapse, and I was proud to say that I was member long before she renewed her own membership!

For those of you not in the know, AARP has teamed up with British Airways for some time now, and simply by being a member and booking through the portal, you could save $65 on economy tickets, $130 on Premium Economy tickets, and $400 on first or business

AARP British Airways Discount

AARP British Airways Discount

Well, it would appear that things are changing!  According to their website, the discounts now offered jump to $100 for economy and $200 for Premium Economy, while first and business remain the same at $400.

This is a huge discount, especially considering that BA often has deep discounted sales on their coach/premium economy flights, and many are easy to upgrade with Avios for a small fee and difference in mileage.

As you can see in this screen shot from the page, the discounts are clearly marked, while they have failed to update the actual JPEG file above.

New British Discounts with AARP

New British Discounts with AARP

It would also appear that now you are able to book with British, American, Iberia, OR Finnair and receive the discounts.

British New Discount Terms

British New Discount Terms

Doing a deep dive into the T&C you find this tidbit:

  1. American Airlines and American Eagle flights with a BA flight number that connect to BA operated, AA operated with BA flight numbers and IB operated with BA flight numbers transatlantic flights are permitted.

It doesn’t mention FinnAir, but then again I don’t know how new this change is, so it could be that they didn’t update the terms as of yet.

Please do note that the flights must still be booked by July 31st and travel must finish (no pun intended!) by March 31, 2017 to be eligible for this offer.

We can hope that AARP and British will extend this discount for longer, but only time will tell.  In my opinion, they wouldn’t have increased the discount only to stop the promotion all together in three weeks on July 31, 2016.  But still, don’t wait, and make sure to take advantage of this offer today!

Have you taken advantage of the AARP offer from British Airways?  If so, tell us the deal that you got below!

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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  1. The last change, if true could be game changing for AA elites. Qualify by flying discounted business class and premier economy

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  2. In order to qualify for the discount, does everyone in the family have to have the AARP membership or just the one who makes the reservation?

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    • Hi Tony! That’s a great question. According to the T&C, at least one of the travelers on the reservation has to be a member. All you have to do though, is sign into their AARP account online to apply the discount and make the purchase. No one checks at the airport of course, even though I proudly carry my AARP card with me at all times 😀

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  3. Is the discount applied to the total like a rebate or just off of the base fare? Eg if I buy with miles and pay $200 in taxes and fees will I get $100 off?

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    • You can’t buy with miles. You’ll need to book through the AARP link for British Airways. Taxes and fees will always remain the same ;(

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