Should you trigger your next BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher before 30th June?

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As we covered last week, British Airways has extended all British Airways American Express 2-4-1 Avios companion vouchers by six months.

This doesn’t just apply to unused vouchers.  The extension has been applied to used vouchers too, so if you end up cancelling an existing redemption flight you will still have an extra six months to rebook.

When we first wrote about this, newly issued vouchers were not being extended.  British Airways has now confirmed that this was an IT glitch and that all newly issued vouchers will also be valid for 2.5 years (or 1.5 years if generated on the free BA Amex card).

Here is the interesting point I wanted to flag today:

The six month extension is only valid on 2-4-1 vouchers issued by 30th June 2020.

Should you trigger your next BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher before 30th June?

Readers who understand how my mind works will know what I am going to say next.  This creates a situation where it is advisable to trigger your next 2-4-1 voucher early:

A 2-4-1 voucher issued on 20th June 2020 will expire on 20th December 2022

A 2-4-1 voucher issued on 20th July 2020 will expire on 20th July 2022

Anyone who triggers their next voucher in July, August, September, October, November or early December 2020 will be worse off than someone who triggers their next voucher in late June 2020.

There could be real benefits in triggering your voucher early to get the extra six months.  If you have kids and your card year ends in August or September, for example, triggering your voucher in June 2020 would cover you for the half-term holidays in October 2022.  If you don’t trigger your voucher until August 2020 or September 2020 it won’t – it will expire in August 2022 or September 2022 respectively.

Should you trigger your next BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher before 30th June?

What does this mean for me?

If your next British Airways Premium Plus American Express card year ends between July and December, you may want to think about pushing forward spending so that you trigger the voucher in late June.

This will maximise the life of the voucher by giving you a validity period which runs until late December 2022.

(Remember that the expiry date is the date by which you must take your outbound flight and not the deadline to book.)

Of course, British Airways could change the rules again and continue to grant extensions beyond 30th June.  This seems a little unlikely at present – this is still three full months away and we may be returning to some sort of normality by that point.

Your bigger problem is how you generate the spending given that your personal expenditure is probably minimal at the moment!   There is always Billhop as we covered last week although this is not a free service so you need to weigh up the pros and cons.

More information

If you want to learn more about how to use your voucher now you have the extension, this Head for Points artice is the definitive guide on everything you need to know about the British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher.

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

If you don’t have a British Airways American Express credit card, here are links to our reviews:

British Airways American Express – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Avios when you spend £1,000 in three months – apply here – our BA Amex review is here – representative APR 22.9% variable

British Airways American Express Premium Plus – sign-up bonus of 25,000 Avios when you spend £3,000 in three months – apply here – our BA Amex Premium Plus review is here – representative APR 76.0% variable including fee based on a notional £1200 credit limitinterest rate on purchases 22.9% variable

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Comments

  1. AuDao says:

    One of my companion vouchers issued 18th feb 2020 (2 year expiry) was not extended at all.

    When I asked as I was getting a refund for a cancelled flight, was told it was only those that had expiry dates during this period.

    Very confusing. Not sure what to do

    • dan baron says:

      did you not do a booking with an outbound flight before this date?

  2. Roger says:

    on topic;

    I have a BAPP voucher issued in Oct 2017, with return flight at end of this month which is now cancelled. so 6 month extn ends on date of my current return flight.
    Already used outbound segment
    I do not need return flight and it is already cancelled.

    Just trying to see how will BA 241 work in such scenario?

  3. MarianC says:

    Hi everyone.
    July last year, i upgraded my BA amex to premium plus to trigger my companion voucher soon, i think i was already over the 10k expenditure per year. I downgraded back to standard in january as i prefer amex MR. The trip was supposed to be this Easter, so cancelled it. This way i saw that the voucher is only valid 12months + 6 extended by BA.
    I thought it will be 24 months valid, since i triggered it from a BA premium card. Yesterday Amex consultant told they can’t extend the voucher to 24 months since i have the standard card now.
    Is that right? I don’t want to keep them busy during this period, but an extra year of validity would be great giving current circumstances.

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