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Traveling alone just got more appealing for British Airways frequent flyers.
The airline has changed the rules of its Travel Together Ticket, opening it up to solo travelers.
Let’s take a look at what the rule change means.
Travel Together Ticket Offers 50% Discount on 1 Ticket
The Travel Together Ticket, a benefit of the British Airways Visa Signature® Card that was already often pitted as one of the most valuable perks in the points and miles world, just got even more valuable for some.
Owners of a coveted Travel Together Ticket will now be able to use it when traveling solo. In addition to the option of being able to bring a travel companion with you when making a redemption, you’ll now be able to get 50% of the price of 1 redemption ticket when traveling solo.
How Do I Get a Travel Together Ticket?
Firstly, you’ll need a British Airways Visa card in your wallet.
Secondly, you’ll need to spend a cool $30,000 in a year to unlock the ticket.
Reminder: No matter how good the perks of a credit card may seem, they’re never worth getting into debt for. Make sure to do the math before agreeing to take out a new credit card.
However, the card’s annual fee is on the low side at $95 and comes with a host of other benefits, including:
- 100,000 Avios welcome bonus after spending $5,000 on the card within the first 3 months of ownership
- Earn 5x Avios per $1 spent on purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and LEVEL within the first 18 months of account opening, reducing to 3x Avios thereafter
- 10% off British Airways flights starting in the U.S.
- No foreign transaction fees
We detail many more perks of the card in our review of the British Airways Visa card.
Where Can I Fly Using The Travel Together Ticket?
As long as the trip starts and ends in the U.S., on a British Airways-operated flight, the Travel Together Ticket can be used to travel to London or even onwards to all destinations on BA’s network.
As British Airways operates no less than 26 routes from the U.S. to London, no matter where you are in the country, it should be easy enough to find a British Airways flight departing from somewhere close to you.
Let’s take a look at an example.
When using a Travel Together Ticket on a solo basis, a return flight from New York to London in business class with British Airways costs 50,000 Avios (halved from 100,000 Avios) + £1,575 (~$1,903) in taxes and fees.
Per our points and miles valuations, the 50,000 Avios contingent has a cash equivalent of around $625. When you add BA’s absurdly high taxes and fees, the true cash value of the ticket comes to around $2,582.
Hot Tip: Before making any award ticket redemption, we always advise running the numbers first to ensure you’re getting true value in cash terms.
The cash fare for the exact same flights is $7,361, meaning if you booked using your Travel Together Ticket as a solo traveler, you would save almost $5,000!
The experience of flying British Airways business class across the Atlantic can vary drastically depending on the aircraft. Some are kitted out with the airline’s old Club World seat, while other comprise the airline’s latest, and far superior, business class: Club Suite.
British Airways has opened up a whole new world of travel possibilities for owners of the Travel Together Ticket who would prefer to use the perk as a solo traveler.
Where will your Travel Together Ticket take you?
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