Book British Airways Award Flights Like a Pro: Part 8 – The British Airways Travel Together Ticket

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Book British Airways Award Flights Like a Pro: Part 8 – The British Airways Travel Together Ticket

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I get a lot of questions on British Airways Avios points, and started a series on how to use British Airways Avios points 2 years ago and finally finished writing it.

You can earn a British Airways Travel Together Ticket (Companion Ticket) after spending $30,000 in a calendar year on the Chase British Airways Visa Signature Card.

Book British Airways Award Flights Like A Pro Part 8 The British Airways Companion Pass
Spend $30,000 in a Calendar Year on the Chase British Airways Visa Card and Get a Travel Together Ticket

Book British Airways Award Flights Like a Pro:

The British Airways Travel Together Ticket

Link:   British Airways Travel Together Ticket

Link:   British Airways Travel Together Ticket restrictions

The Travel Together Ticket is valid for 2 years after you earn it, but can only be used once.  You can earn 1 Travel Together Ticket a year and can only use it on British Airways flights.  So you can NOT use a Travel Together ticket for flights on partners like American Airlines.

TIP:  If you plan on earning a Travel Together Ticket for future use, you should complete the $30,000 spending requirement as late in the year as possible (preferably in December).  This way, your Travel Together Ticket will expire later.

You only pay the British Airways Avios price for 1 person, but you have to pay the taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges for the 2nd passenger.

For example, a round-trip Business Class award ticket for 1 person from New York to Rome, Italy, via London would cost 110,000 British Airways Avios points + $1,031 in taxes and fees.  With a Travel Together Ticket, 2 people can travel roundtrip for 110,000 British Airways Avios points + $2,062 in taxes and fees (each person has to pay fees).

Considering the usual cost of Business Class tickets, this can be a good deal for some folks.  However, even with a Travel Together Ticket, coach awards are generally NOT a good deal.

Other important conditions of the Travel Together Ticket include:

  • Travel must begin and end in the United States (you can NOT originate in Brazil to avoid fuel surcharges)
  • You can have an open-jaw on both ends of the ticket (you can book a ticket from Chicago to London and return from Madrid, Spain, to Houston, but all flights must be on British Airways)
  • Companion must travel on the same flight and in the same class
  • You have to book your departure flight before the Travel Together Ticket expires; however, you CAN book your return flight after the expiration date

Bottom Line

You can earn a Travel Together Ticket after spending $30,000 in a calendar year on the Chase British Airways card.

The Travel Together Ticket lets you bring a companion with you on a British Airways flight award flight.  You pay the British Airways Avios points price for yourself and the taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges for yourself and your companion.

This could be a good deal for some folks for Business Class award flights.  You and a companion could get a round-trip Business Class flight from New York to Rome, Italy, for 110,000 British Airways Avios points + $2,062 in taxes and fees.

Using the Travel Together Ticket is NOT a good deal on coach award tickets.

Stay tuned for Book British Airways Flights Like a Pro: Part 9 – How to Find Award Availability.

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Nadir mentions that most BA flights from the US go to LHR. What BA flights from the US do not go to London? Can fly together awards be used on any flights from the US that do not first go to London?

This series of posts is great, but I was looking for some help with this particular topic and I feel like I am still puzzled on how to use those companion flights in the most effective way.

I find myself in the situation of having 3 companion flights and many avios, so I would like to book one flight with avios for me and get the companion flights for my wife and two kids for free, with the goal of spending as less taxes/fees as possible.

Given that this has to be a BA flight, and originate in the US, and since most of the BA flights from the US are actually going to LHR (where taxes/fees are super high) it seems like an impossible mission.

Do you know what would be possible itineraries on BA flights from San Diego where we could use our companion awards?

Also, it is not clear to me, if the fact that they have to be BA flight, it actually also apply to codeshare flight. For example, BA flies SAN-DFW and DFW-TPA on AA flights that also have BA numbers (e.g. BA 1664 and BA 4867). Would these flight be eligible?

Any guidance on the best way to not throw away (=book an itinerary from SAN with low taxes/fees) those companion tickets would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a lot

Nadir

How about an areticle on changes on BA frequent flyer program.

Well, this has gotta suck. BA announces devaluations while you’re writing this series.

Shana Gainey-Lewis

You know they are changing their award chart….just read it on their website