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I got the British Airways Visa Signature® Card earlier this year in part because I find Avios extremely useful on short-haul domestic trips operated by British Airways partners like American Airlines and Alaska Airlines, and in part because I wanted the “Travel Together” benefit where my husband and I can can fly on a British Airways flight for the same number of points as if I went by myself (though we have to pay the enormous taxes/fees for both tickets).
I knew that I must be close to the threshold to earn the “Travel Together Ticket” ($30,000 in spending on the credit card in a calendar year), but I couldn’t find anything in my British Airways account to indicate that I had in fact earned the ticket. I’m sure I could have figured out how much I had charged on the card this year if I tried, but I didn’t really have the time or enough interest to do that right this second.
Luckily for me, I received an email this week from British Airways informing me that I had indeed earned the Travel Together benefit and that I had 24 months to use it.
When I logged into my account to search for a flight, the process to use the Travel Together ticket was very easy as it was a simple box to check when searching for award flights.
As an example, it showed I could fly myself and my husband (or whatever companion I selected) from Houston to London in business class for 100,000 Avios round trip, or first class for 150,000 Avios for both of us. The taxes and fees (and fuel surcharges) are a bit over $1,000 per person. This is a crazy amount of money to have to pay to redeem your points, but when you take into account that you are getting 2 for 1 for your points it makes it a little better….once. We plan to use our Travel Together Benefit we earned this year once just to have that experience of flying a premium cabin on British Airways to get to Europe, and then we likely won’t use it again. As an added bonus, premium cabin availability on British Airways is actually relatively good.
British Airways is also a really good program if you want to bring a lap infant along for the ride as the charge is a flat 10% points instead of 10% of the selling price of the ticket like many programs do. This means that you, your partner, and your infant could all take advantage of this benefit. Parent A would pay the full price in Avios, Parent B would owe no Avios with the Travel Together benefit, and lap-infant would owe 10% Avios. Both parents would owe the full taxes/fees, but the lap infant would owe a much smaller portion of taxes/fees as shown below on an example itinerary.
Even with the multitude of ways to put spending on credit cards, $30,000 is still a ton of charge on one card in one calendar year, and most people probably don’t want to pay $1,000+ in taxes/fees on a premium cabin award ticket. That means that going for the Travel Together benefit is certainly not for everyone, but it may be useful to some of you. I’m just glad they make it easy to tell if you have earned the benefit! I look forward to when we are able to put it to good use in the next couple of years.
Have you ever used the Travel Together benefit of the British Airways card for your family?