The questions on Inside Flyer or Quora reveal significant confusion around the British Airways Companion Voucher. Responses are often contradictory, adding to the lack of understanding around this valuable perk of British Airways AMEX cards.
British Airways companion voucher myths
Some readers are adamant that short haul is the best way to use the ‘AMEX companion voucher’, whilst others stress that long haul is better. Here’s some research I undertook on this subject.
Disagreements arise over availability, value and quality. So if you are wondering, whether to invest in a BA AMEX card, to earn your own BOGOF deal, stay tuned over the coming weeks. We will reveal the answers to a ton of frequently asked questions.
Introducing the British Airways companion voucher
If you are a seasoned travel hacker, this voucher will need no introduction. Hell, you have probably redeemed a bunch of them yourself and figured out some of the restrictions and benefits.
However, if you are a newbie to this game, the companion voucher is awarded to British Airways AMEX card holders after reaching a set amount of spend in a year. If you opt for the FREE British Airways AMEX card, then you will need to spend £20,000 on the card. But, if you decide to apply for the Premium card, you will only need to spend £10,000.
This voucher allows you to redeem AVIOS for one flight, but two of you actually get to travel. You still have to pay taxes and fees for both travellers, but for long haul flights in Club or First, this voucher can literally save you thousands.
FAQs about the BA Companion ticket
Now that you have a basic idea of what the companion ticket does, I am sure you have plenty more questions. Over the coming weeks, I’m going to create a dedicated BA companion voucher series. This series will be your ultimate guide to the companion ticket, answering all the most common questions.
These seem to fall into the following categories.
Earning a companion ticket
Typical questions are:
- How can I quickly earn a companion voucher?
- Can I earn more than one companion ticket in a year?
Maybe you have a different query. Just pop it in the comments below and we will make sure it gets answered over the course of the next month.
Redeeming companion vouchers
This is the topic which generates the most queries and includes a raft of things, such as:
- What is the best way to use your BA companion voucher?
- Do I have to pay the taxes and fees for my BA companion voucher on a AMEX card?
- Is the BA companion ticket worthwhile?
- Can you mix classes using the British Airways two for one ticket?
- Is it possible to fly open jaw using the BA together ticket?
- Can companion vouchers be used on all flights?
- Can I use my companion voucher and cash to cover the cost of a flight?
- Should I use my companion ticket for long haul or short haul flights?
- Where is the best place to go with my voucher?
Does this list cover everything you want to know? If not, pop your question below. I may even give you a shoutout, but don’t expect BBC to come calling any time soon.
Interplay between the credit card and the companion ticket
This mainly revolves around whether you can cancel your card before using the AMEX companion voucher. Again, do let me know if you have any other queries.
Am I missing anything?
I’m not sure how many posts this will cover as that is really down to you and the number of questions you have but the plan is to deal with each topic in detail, providing top tips to help you earn or spend your vouchers.