This didn’t just apply to unused vouchers. The extension was also 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.
The ‘six months extension’ rule also applies to all newly issued vouchers which will 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 again today:
The six month extension is only valid on 2-4-1 vouchers issued by 30th June 2020.
This creates a situation where it may be advisable to trigger your next 2-4-1 voucher early.
Let me explain:
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.
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 later this month.
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, however, given that we are slowly returning to some sort of normality.
Your bigger problem is how you generate the spending given that your personal expenditure is probably minimal at the moment! There is always Billhop, reviewed here, although this is not a free service so you need to weigh up the pros and cons.
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.
If you don’t have a British Airways American Express credit card, here are links to our reviews:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus – sign-up bonus of 25,000 Avios when you spend £3,000 in six months – apply here – our BA Amex Premium Plus review is here – representative APR 74.7% variable including fee based on a notional £1200 credit limit, interest rate on purchases 22.2% variable
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