British Airways and American Express Open Companion Vouchers for Solo Travelers
Effective Immediately, British Airways American Express® Cardmembers who have earned a Companion Voucher since September 2021 can redeem it when booking a solo trip, receiving a 50 percent discount on the Avios cost of booking.
On Monday (June 13, 2022), British Airways announced that British Airways American Express Card or BA AMEX Premium Plus Cardmembers who have earned a Companion Voucher since September 2021 can now redeem it when booking a solo trip, receiving a 50 percent discount on the Avios cost of the booking. The new option adds flexibility to the existing ability to use the Companion Voucher to travel with a friend, receiving a second seat for a companion traveling on the same Reward Flight booking for no additional Avios.
In Monday’s announcment, British Airways’ Head of Retail and Customer Relationship Management, Ian Romanis, 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.”
Also commenting on the new Companion Voucher flexibility, American Express Vice President, Caroline Bouvet, 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 travelers who hold either of the British Airways American Express Cards once they reach the required spend within the membership year. The vouchers can then be redeemed on available British Airways Reward Flights, which do not need to originate in the UK, allowing Cardmembers to book either one journey for 50 percent of the required Avios, or take a second traveler on the same flights for no additional Avios, plus taxes, fees and charges. Companion Vouchers can be redeemed across all cabins.
Source: British Airways