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Should you trigger your next British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher before 30th June?

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Back in early March, British Airways extended all British Airways American Express 2-4-1 Avios companion vouchers by six months.

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.

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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.

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.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – July 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our July 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the other top current deals:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers.

American Express Business Gold

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

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending:

Barclaycard Select Cashback Credit Card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (76)

  • Danyal says:

    Question about referring a friend. Referred a number over the years and never had an issue. Tried to recently and told that I am no longer eligible to do so with my Gold Charge Card. Contacted them to be told my account ‘doesn’t meet the criteria’. Meet spending targets yearly to trigger bonus, pay off on time every month, never made a late payment or missed payment. Anyone know what’s happened and why AMEX’s service is really going downhill as the years go by?

  • Jonathan says:

    How long do we think the BAPP card will be around for, weeks\months\years?

    • Anna says:

      No idea, but we are keeping OH’s BAPP so we can benefit as long as possible in the event that they close it to new applicants but allow current holders to keep the same benefits, as with the HH visa (long may it last!).

  • Jo says:

    I was in the same position as my outbound flight was cancelled yesterday but not the inbound. Having spoken to them, they’ve cancelled the inbound leg and refunded me all money paid (taxes) to my credit card without the £35 pp cancellation fee charged if I had cancelled the flight. My 241 voucher has the same expiry date but the lady said that if I didn’t use it before it expired (mid next year), to call up and they’d extend it for me. Without being rude, it was remarkably easy compared to my usual BA experience.

  • Darren says:

    Hi, I was hoping to get some advice. My wife and I have booked a trip for 2 weeks in Aug 2020 with 241 voucher. However, due to the current situation, we don’t want to be traveling so soon (as I’m immune suppressed). What options are available to me? If I cancelled the booking myself will I get the 241 voucher back and the Avios/taxes? or does that only happen if BA cancel the flight.

    Thank you in advance

    • Rob says:

      It’s an Avios booking so it is cancellable irrespective for £35 per person fee.

      If you wait until your flight is cancelled, you save the £35.

      You need to call BA irrespective.

      Up to you whether you take the voucher (messy but keeps your 241 valid until April 2022) or get the individual elements refunded.

  • Matthew T says:

    Hi – thank you for the article. I have a companion voucher that was due to expire in October 2020 but has been extended to April 2021. However we really want to travel to the USA but are not sure if it will be safe to even by april 21. Do you think the companion vouchers could be extended further? Alternatively if we book flights now with the voucher but then cancel, would BA give us till April 2022 like they are on other bookings? Thank you

  • Jim Nicholson says:

    I got an email today to say that I had triggered my Companion Voucher and that it was valid for 24 months. They obviously haven’t updated their email template, because when I log in to my account I can see it is valid until December 2022

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