VitalityHealth, previously PruHealth, is a life insurance, health insurance and investment business.
The reason it is of interest to Head for Points readers is that it offers discounts on British Airways short haul fares to members. Full details are available on the VitalityHealth website.
The devil is in the detail when it comes to the flight discounts. It is only included for free if you have a Personal Healthcare plan – other plans require a supplementary monthly payment which will negate much of the benefit.
You will receive a discount of 5%-40% based on your level in the plan (the more healthy activity you log, the higher your level)
You can claim the discount 1-2 times per year based on your level
For flights leaving between Sunday and Thursday, there must be at least two nights between the outbound and return flights. For flights leaving on a Friday or Saturday, there must be at least one night between the outbound and return flights
Only the plan holder receives the discount, not your fellow passengers
Your initial impression might be a bit ‘meh’.
However, for once, the small print actually makes the deal more attractive.
The discount applies to the FULL cost of the flight, including the taxes and charges. A Platinum level member receives 40% off the headline price which is not bad.
The discount applies to ALL ticket types, including fully flexible tickets. This can represent a substantial saving – at the most extreme, a fully flexible Euro Traveller ticket to Moscow is £1300.
This offer probably works best for someone who is self-employed and has to book the occasional fully flexible ticket. This could mean an annual saving of £250+.
The ‘average’ leisure traveller who gets up to the Platinum level could save over £100 per year – assuming 40% off two economy / Euro Traveller BA flights with an average cost of at least £125.
For a base level VitalityHeatlth member, it is pretty useless – a 5% saving once a year on a short-haul flight will save you £10 at most.
Vitality also gives discounts on Mr & Mrs Smith hotel bookings, although they no longer have a Eurostar partnership. There are also plenty of other lifestyle partners which offer discounts or deals, including free Starbucks drinks – a full list is here.
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