Vitality Health drops British Airways flight discounts for members

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VitalityHealth, previously PruHealth, is a life insurance, health insurance and investment business.

The reason it has been 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 BA 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

Short-haul only

Economy only

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 have meant 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.

However ….. don’t go rushing to sign up.  VitalityHealth has announced that it is scrapping its British Airways flight discounts from 13th December.

You can still book until 13th December for travel at a future date, so if you haven’t used your one or two discounts for the current year you should think about getting a booking made in the next few weeks.

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Comments

  1. OT – anyone stayed at the Curio Aleph in Rome? Trying to decide on a hotel for a trip in Feb next year, preferrably on points if possible. Similar / better quality alternatives seem to be Bonvoy based which could also work on points – is the St Regis worth it?. IHG offerings seem to be low / middle end.

    • I stayed. Mixed feelings. Room wise – great! Even standard room was quite spacious and very nicely decorated. Plus soft drinks from the mini bar were free for Golds. Location wise also quite good. Service – not impressed. As then Gold, no upgrade offered. Their welcome letter stated that I will get an extra 2500 points if I spend €100 in their restaurant. Meal was terrible, seemed like frozen food heated up. They didn’t let us sit on the terrace as the owner was there with his friends. To make it worse I spend 6 weeks fighting with Hilton and the hotel to get those 2500 extra points. It was only when I posted a review that they actually gave me points. I also had some other small service issues. They did offer me an upgrade on the next stay as an apology, but I won’t be going to Rome any time soon.

      The breakfast was good as you had a buffet plus one item from the à la carte menu for free. So overall mixed.

      • Thanks, this is helpful.

        Anyone tried any of the Bonvoy offerings?

        • TGLoyalty says:

          worth checking flyertalk forum. There a few Rome based hotel threads in the Hilton and Marriot areas

    • I quite liked the Gran Melia in Rome, very central, huge rooms, nice spa, excellent use of gold birthday upgrade voucher!

  2. 25% bonus on T_C_B to BA Avios currently.

  3. OT, I am not seeing Shop Small on my Supplementary cards. Anyone else having this issue?
    Rob’s earlier post on Shop Small said all cards will receive Shop Small but a £50 limit per card not account!

  4. Sebastian Ostman says:

    The BA discount was a con. I’ve been a Vitality Platinum member for years, and I’ve never managed to get a BA discount that wasn’t actually cheaper to book direct.
    The BA pricing found on Vitality was massively inflated, so when the discount was applied… it was almost always cheaper, or same price, to book direct with BA. An total con.

    • Just bought a LHR-FCO return ticket this morning which is genuinely 30% off (I’m gold).

    • Interesting – they do something similarly here in Singapore but for Emirates, except you book on the regular website, send in the recipes afterwards and they then send a cheque with the rebate. No booking portal involved I believe.

  5. David Radcliffe says:

    Post Office offer was on 1 of 3 cards (gold vs BA & Plat).
    Ltd to first 30k

  6. OT. Amex Platinum card. Is the supplementary card holder also entitled to the hotel statuses?

  7. berneslai says:

    OT: Virgin 2 for 1 vouchers – both my wife and I have earned the 2 for 1 vouchers through hitting our spend limits. As per Avios/Amex vouchers, can we pool and book for 2 adults and 2 children at the same time?

  8. Matthew says:

    Sorry if it’s been mentioned recently but has anyone used the latest Hilton cash back offer yet? I know in the past pre paid rooms and cumulative spend was fine but just wondering if it is working like that this time as the terms have been tweaked a little this time…

    Thanks

  9. I found this on the Free Now web site (seems to be aimed at drivers rather than customers – but clearly means they do have a system in place for Heathrow pickups):

    https://free-now.com/uk/heathrow-airport-pickup/

    • Lady London says:

      Bit of a con though, wouldn’t you say? Forcing drivers into the short term car park (which has the highest rates) and then saying FreeNow covers the first 30min of parking – how generous!

      How many flights have you taken where you could be sure of being able to walk off the flight (which may have arrived at a remote stand, or have a bus unload)_ then through immi, pick up bags and make it over into the right place in the short term car park, arriving within a specific max 20min period you’ve booked the taxi to pick you up in?

      20min because once you’ve found your taxi you still have to load your luggage in, get in and then queue to get out of the car park……Really? Someone (is it BAA?) is taking passengers for a ride here….

      • I don’t think the model is prebooking. I think the model is to request the cab on the app once you’re through customs. Hence the instruction to drivers to make sure their passenger really is less than 30 minutes away before accepting the booking. Not clear to me who foots the bill if this isn’t the case…

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