British Airways, AARP extend $400 discount on business class fares

I took advantage of the AARP discount to get a great fare on OpenSkies from Newark to Paris!

I took advantage of the AARP discount to get a great fare on OpenSkies from Newark to Paris!

The Points Guy is reporting that British Airways and AARP have extended the $400 discount available to AARP members on first and business class fares from the U.S. to Europe. The good news is you don't have to be retirement age to join AARP - membership is open to anyone who pays a $16 annual fee. To make the offer even better, the AARP discount can be used in conjunction with Avios as well as "the 10% 'CARDOFFERU' discount available when you’re flying British Airways or OpenSkies in both directions and paying with a Visa card." See the link above for more detail, but, in general, the discount is good for round-trip tickets originating in the United States. Flights operated by oneworld partners are eligible as well.

I used this offer to get a great deal on my OpenSkies (a British Airways subsidiary) flight from Newark to Paris-Orly as part of my Deutschland Adventure vacation this past summer. Rather than use the stash of American AAdvantage miles I had accumulated from a couple of credit card sign-up bonuses, I saved those and dipped into my "Global Travel" savings account to pay for the ticket. My thinking was I might not find a similar price on business class when I cross the pond in 2016 for the Georgia Tech-Boston College college football game in Ireland. Why not pay for business class this year and use my miles for a ticket next year? With this extended offer, maybe there will more great business class prices in 2016!

Posted on October 19, 2015 and filed under Travel Discounts.