Using your BA companion voucher: a beginner's guide
Have you got a British Airways companion voucher but aren't sure how to use it? Or wondering how these vouchers work and how to get one? You're in the right place.
What is a companion voucher?
A companion voucher - sometimes known as a "two for one voucher" - allows you to get "buy one get one free" on the Avios cost of a round trip British Airways redemption.
Let's say you wanted to travel with your partner from London to Cape Town and back in First. Usually, that would cost up to 480,000 Avios plus taxes. Instead, you'd pay 240,000 Avios plus taxes. You save half.
That sounds great. How do I get one?
The only way to earn a companion voucher is with a British Airways American Express credit card:
- With the free blue card, you'll earn a voucher if you spend £20,000 in a membership year. It'll expire after one year.
- With the black Premium Plus card, which costs £195 per year, you'll only need to spend £10,000 to get your voucher. Your voucher will expire after two years.
Once you've earnt your voucher, you'll need to book your trip and fly the first leg before it expires.
What's the catch?
Just because you can book a seat with cash through a travel agent or the BA website doesn't mean you can use your voucher. British Airways only offer a small number of seats on each flight for Avios redemptions.
To be able to use your companion voucher, you'll need to find two reward seats together on the same flights.
There's no magic to this - you just need to find two normal reward seats.
But limited availability means it isn't as easy as it sounds - a major reason for Avios's terrible 1/10 rating on Trustpilot.
What's the solution?
Reward Flight Finder can help you track down those hard to find reward seats. We're rated 9/10 on Trustpilot and have been featured by top publications including Business Traveller and The Times.
The site makes using your companion voucher easy, whether you know exactly where you want to go or if you're open-minded.
I already know where I want to go. What's next?
Let's start by seeing what's available right now. Head to Reward Flight Finder and enter where you want to fly from and to and what cabin you want to travel in. Make sure you choose two passengers, then click "View all availability".
You'll see all of the available dates on one page. If a date is highlighted, then you can use your voucher 🎉 Just head to the BA site to book.
If the date you're looking for isn't available or it's outside of the calendar shown, then you can set up alerts.
With our alerts, we'll check availability for you and email you when seats become available. We'll check availability for you once a day for free - or with our £3 per month Elite membership, we'll check for you every hour, giving you a much better chance of getting your seats.
When you sign up for Elite, there's no commitment - you can cancel at any time.
To create your first alert, just sign up for an account with us, search from the homepage and then scroll to the bottom of the search results.
When you receive an alert, you can just log on to the BA site to book.
What should I do if I'm sure where I want to go?
If you're flexible, Reward Flight Finder's "I don't know where I want to go" option is the tool for you.
Just enter where you're flying from, what cabin you want to travel in and the dates you're free, and we'll show you all of the availability on a map. You can head to the BA site to book in one click.
This feature is exclusive to Elite members. Elite costs just £3 per month, and you can cancel at any time.
I still have questions.
If anything's not clear about companion vouchers or if you have any other questions, just drop us an email. We'd love to help.