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Should you trigger your next British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher early?

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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 now 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 September 2020.

This creates a situation where it may be advisable to trigger your next 2-4-1 voucher early.

Extend your British Airways American Express 241 voucher by six months

Let me explain:

A 2-4-1 voucher issued on 20th September 2020 will expire on 20th March 2023

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

Anyone who triggers their next voucher in October, November or December 2020 or January, February or early March 2021 will be worse off than someone who triggers their next voucher in late September 2020.

There could be real benefits in triggering your voucher early to get the extra six months.  It would allow anyone who has a card year ending in October or November to get a voucher covering Christmas and New Year 2022 for example.

Extend your British Airways American Express 241 voucher by six months

What does this mean for me?

If your next British Airways Premium Plus American Express card year ends between October and early March, 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 March 2023

(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 September.  They have already done this once.  You are taking a gamble.

Your bigger problem is how you generate the spending.   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.

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

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual 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

Comments (49)

  • dave says:

    We’ve got some flights to S Africa for Nov with the 2-4-1 voucher. Do we need to have received the voucher back in our account before end Sept in order for it to be extended, or will it still be extended if it is returned to my account some time Oct/Nov? The original expiry was Oct 2021.

    • Anna says:

      If you look in the “used vouchers” section of your BAEC account, it should already show the extended expiry date.

  • Robert says:

    Having spent 7 months halting spend on the BAPP card, waiting til nearer the year-end (late December) to trigger the 2-4-1, I was planning to spend the last £37 at the end of September to get the maximum extended validity. Then my wife goes and puts £50 on the card earlier today via PayPal. *slaps forehead*