Everyone loves a good companion ticket. Why wouldn’t you take a free flight? However, some companion tickets are better than others. Southwest’s companion pass gets all the love, while British Airways’ companion voucher, called the Travel Together Ticket, gets relatively little. Regardless, you can still use this companion voucher to your great benefit if you just know when and how.
The British Airways’ companion voucher is a perk that you get when you sign up for the British Airways Visa Signature® Credit Card. You do have to spend $30,000 on the card within a calendar year to qualify for the voucher.
- You can only use the voucher on British Airways flights originating in the United States.
- You can use it for any type of travel (one-way, roundtrip, with or without stopovers, economy, premium economy, business or first class).
- It must be used within 24 months of issuance.
- You must have enough Avios in your account to cover award costs for two passengers when you book a flight with the companion ticket (which you can earn with a variety of cards).
- You will have to pay fees and surcharges (and this is generally where non-fans of the British Airways companion voucher start complaining).
How to Make the Most of Your BA Companion Voucher
Most individuals find the BA companion voucher to be a little less lovely because of those fees and surcharges, as British Airways charges horrifically large surcharges and fees on some routes. In some cases, you can pay more in fees and surcharges to use your companion voucher than it would cost for you to just buy a ticket outright.
So when does it make sense for you to use it?
It primarily makes the most sense when you are flying in business or first class and the fees and surcharges are nothing near the cost of what it would normally be to fly in business or first class. Around $1,000 in fees and surcharges seems a little more acceptable when you’re avoiding paying upwards of $10,000 for a seat.
Still, even if you’re not flying business or first class, you can still find some reasonable, money-saving options when you fly economy and use the companion voucher. Will the savings be astronomical and groundbreaking? Probably not, but the savings will still be there nonetheless.