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New British Airways American Express 2-4-1 Avios vouchers are NOT being extended

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On Monday we were the first to highlight the six-month extension given to all outstanding British Airways American Express 2-4-1 vouchers.

Whilst not unexpected, this was still a welcome move and one which allows voucher holders to plan ahead for trips later this year and in 2021.

It is important to note, however, that this does not appear to be a blanket extension.  On Flyertalk yesterday, someone posted a screenshot of a voucher which had just been issued.  It only had the standard two-year validity.

New British Airways American Express 2-4-1 vouchers are NOT being extended

It looks like British Airways did a one-off bit of IT jiggery pokery to extend all existing vouchers (and, for clarity, this includes used vouchers which will now be refunded).  This is not, it seems, a permanent change of strategy.

You should assume that any voucher which is close to being issued will come with the standard two-year validity.

This creates the odd possibility that your next upcoming voucher could expire before your previous voucher.  My previous voucher is now extended to May 2022, so if I spent £10,000 quickly on the card this year – which isn’t going to happen in the current circumstances – I could have my new voucher only running to March or April 2022.

You can learn more about how the British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher works in this ‘Avios Redemption University’ article.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

30,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (68)

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  • Simon says:

    Anti-bacterially clean? Wouldn’t anti-virally cleaning be more useful at the current time?

    • Youllnever says:

      I was about to say this as well. I guess some people wouldn’t have thought about this.

    • BrightonReader says:

      Most people don’t know the difference between bacteria and a virus so go with what most people understand rather than pedantry.

      • Lady London says:

        “Only on HfP” :-).I cannot imagine we’d get this level of expertise on any other blog.

        • BrightonReader says:

          May I introduce the honourable Lady to flyer talk where some take pedantry to the highest heights.

          I once saw a post there that basically said

          “Your entire post and list of complaints is wrong because you didn’t fly as claimed on an A330-300 but an A330-200”

        • Bagoly says:

          A cousin of Overhead in Waitrose

    • Novice says:

      I still wouldn’t trust it.

      How are you to know if the driver did it properly? I guess my OCD self just thinks it’s gimmicky. Taking advantage of this situation.

      I always wipe everything myself in planes etc.

  • Sandra says:

    Both my 241 vouchers extended by 6 months. One originally expired Dec 2020 and the other Nov 2021

  • Tom says:

    Hello all,
    I have 241 flights booked 28th May, I just want to rebook to November, which there is an option for online but… It wont let me move the dates as it was booked over 365 days ago (when re-booking to November)… any suggestions? If I re-book to June- or July, and then re-book again to November will that combat this issue or will be charged? Hope someone can help! Thanks in advance

  • John says:

    Paid Brigh with Curve linked to Virgin. Now wondering if should move it to MBNA Horizon – anyone know if fees are charged for this on Horizon?

    • RTS says:

      Try it and let us know!

    • RakishDriver says:

      Interest was applied to my horizon when paying off IHG with curve linked to horizon.
      Haven’t tried paying the coastal folks with curve/horizon but, sure, try and let us know.

      • mark2 says:

        It may make no difference, but you do not need to pay IHG via Curve.

  • MinR says:

    O/T: Great video:

    COVID-19: How Aviation is fighting for survival.

  • Lizzie says:

    Thanks for the update team. That’s great news.

    Do you know if there will be any possibility of BA extending the tier point collection window as well as the 2-4-1 vouchers? I was due to fly business to Saudi Arabia in June (haven’t booked tickets yet as the news hit just as we were arranging them). This would have bumped me up a tier before my year ends at the start of August.

    Many Thanks,

  • Tony says:

    My 241 voucher was issued on the 2nd March and has been extended through go September 2022.

  • Steve C. says:

    Any news on tier points / status being extended?

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