British Airways and American Express offer ‘Companion Voucher’ to solo travellers

British Airways and American Express have jointly announced the launch of Companion Voucher for travellers embarking on solo adventures around the world.

Effective immediately, cardmembers who have earned a Companion Voucher since September 2021 on either the British Airways American Express Credit Card or the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card can choose to redeem it when booking a solo trip, receiving a 50 percent discount on the Avios cost of the booking. Cardmembers can still choose to use the Companion Voucher to travel with a friend as they would have previously – receiving a second seat for a companion travelling on the same Reward Flight booking as them for no additional Avios.

Ian Romanis, Head of Retail and Customer Relationship Management at British Airways, said: ‘Solo travel is a popular option for our customers, which is reflected in the number of solo bookings we have seen. We’ve listened to our customers and we’ve introduced these exciting changes, understanding that flexibility is more important than ever to them.’

Caroline Bouvet, Vice President at American Express, said: ‘Companion Vouchers are an incredibly valuable benefit for Cardmembers, so it’s exciting that we’ve been able to make it even easier for them to be used on flights. As people return to travel – looking to go away by themselves or with a friend – the British Airways American Express Cards are a great way to turn everyday spending in to travel rewards, and the only way to earn the much-valued Companion Voucher.’

Companion Vouchers are awarded to travellers who hold either British Airways American Express Card and reach the required spend amount within their Card membership year. They can be redeemed on available British Airways Reward Flights, which don’t need to start in the UK, allowing cardmembers to book either one journey for 50 percent of the Avios required, or take a second traveller on their journey – on the same flights and in the same cabins – for no additional Avios, plus paying taxes, fees and charges per person.

In addition, those booking British Airways Reward Flights using a Companion Voucher, either as a solo traveller or with a companion, will now be able to choose from a variety of options regarding the number of Avios to spend versus cash on each booking. This was previously fixed to just one Avios and cash option based on the route and cabin.

British Airways American Express Credit Card Companion Vouchers can be redeemed in economy cabins, while British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card Companion Vouchers can be redeemed across all cabins. The British Airways American Express Credit Card has a representative 25.3% APR variable, while the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card has a representative 102.5% APR variable.

British Airways launches new app for Executive Club members

British Airways has announced the launch of a new app for members of its Executive Club.

The new Reward app will help Executive Club members in finding new ways to collect and spend Avios and look at personalised ways to spend Avios based on the Avios balance. The Executive Club Reward app will be in addition to the current British Airways app, which is designed to assist all British Airways customers book and service pre- and post-travel needs.

The app will help members access and make purchases through the British Airways Avios eStore. Customers can also see different ways they can spend their Avios including a tool which updates the Avios needed for booking reward flights to different destinations. In addition, customers can see the latest Avios deals, view their last five transactions, and buy Avios, view account details and access their statement via different links.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: ‘We want to offer members more choice in how they interact with the British Airways Executive Club.

‘The app is a great way that members can manage their balance and stay up-to-date with the latest ways to collect and spend Avios anywhere in the world. And with handy tools like the ability to see how many Avios are needed to book reward flights, we hope it’ll help members make the most of their balances.’

Members of the British Airways Executive Club can now collect and spend Avios with more partners, including flights with British Airways, Iberia and an additional 11 Oneworld and partner airlines including American Airlines, Qantas and Japan Airlines. Subject to applicable terms and conditions, members can also choose to cut the cost of British Airways and some American Airlines flights using Avios part payment.

Besides saving on flights, members can spend Avios with 60,000 additional partner hotels and on 50,000 extra tourist locations around the world. Through the British Airways Executive Club, members can also collect Avios on everyday spending with more partners across retail, travel and credit cards and continue to collect with several retailers on the British Airways Avios eStore.

The app can be downloaded for free through the App Store or Google Play. Members will need their Executive Club details to log in. Over the next months, more features will be added to the app to further enhance the benefits to members, British Airways said.

British Airways offering return flights to European destinations for £35

British Airways has announced return flights to several European destinations for a price of £35, plus 9,000 Avios as part of its Reward Flight Saver scheme.

The airline is offering a return price of £35 plus 9,000 Avios to destinations including Nice, Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris, Dublin, Brussels, Munich and Geneva. In addition, it is offering a return of £35 plus 15,000 Avios to customers choosing to travel to Oslo, Rome, Berlin and Stockholm.

James Hillier, The Executive Club manager, said: ‘We know our Executive Club members love to have a range of ways to collect and spend Avios so we are delighted to be able to offer return flights from just £35 plus 9,000 Avios, including all taxes, fees and charges, to a host of popular European destinations like Paris, Nice and Amsterdam to name a few, so there is plenty of choice for everyone.’

Lisa Harris, Customer Director at Avios, added: ‘It’s easy to collect Avios, not only through British Airways flights, hotel bookings and car hire, but also on day-to-day shopping via the British Airways Avios eStore where you will discover over 800 plus retail partners including some or your high street favourites. With so many easy ways to collect, that next travel adventure really is within touching distance.’

The flights are available for booking, enabling holidaymakers to plan a post-summer getaway. Travellers can book through British Airways’ app or website via the Reward Flight Saver page. To book using Reward Flight Saver, Executive Club members must have collected at least one Avios in the past 12 months.

Reward Flight Saver is available year round, the airline said.