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Your BA American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers have been extended (again)

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British Airways has extended the expiry date on some British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers.

All vouchers due to expire before 31st December 2021 have been extended by six months.

As well as BA Amex vouchers, this extension also applies to:

  • Gold Upgrade Vouchers
  • Chase Travel Together Tickets
  • RBC Companion Award Vouchers
  • Asba Companion Vouchers
  • RSB American Express Companion Vouchers
  • RSB World Mastercard Companion Vouchers
British Airways 241 companion voucher extended by six months

This is the third extension that has been announced, following similar extensions in March 2020 and October 2020, to account for the impact of the pandemic.

In addition, British Airways is adding an additional 6-months validity to all new Companion Voucher or Travel Together tickets earned between June 2020 and the end of December 2021.

This is what my wife’s account used to show (I used this screenshot in an article two weeks ago):

BA screenshot

This is what it shows now:

Both have been extended by six months.

For clarity, the extension is also applied to vouchers which have been used but where the flight has not been taken. If you cancel a flight which has already been booked using a 241 voucher, it will come back into your account with the six month extension applied.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (96)

  • Nevil says:

    My companion voucher was set to expire 3 Dec 21 so I made a dummy booking and cancelled to extend the validity but as I needed to use 2 companion vouchers had them cancel the voucher tonight and when it went back onto my account the voucher showed as a June 22 expiry!!!

  • Bernard says:

    It is a shame that Creation Finance who administer the IHG Credit Card do not follow BA’s lead. They charge £99 for the credit card which offers a free night. I have already lost one free night. The free night expires very quickly. It is impossible to use with hotel stays not permitted.

  • Andrew says:

    Let’s hope we see another status extension too

  • AJA says:

    I am pleased BA will automatically add 6 months to any BA 2-4-1 vouchers earned before Dec2021 as I am a couple of months from the anniversary and likely to hit the 10k but would struggle to do that by 31 March which was the previous date for the automatic extension

  • Dale says:

    Got my voucher on the free card in July 2020 (1 year validity initially extended to Jan 2022) – no further 6 month extension showing yet, hopefully their IT systems will catch up.

  • KBuffett says:

    I now have two vouchers expiring within two weeks of each other. Dec 2021 and Jan 2022. Virtually impossible to use them within that time, I fear.
    And I am about to trigger a third voucher this week!

    • Alex D says:

      In your case, I would maybe book something just to cancel for a FTV which will extend till 2023

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    FTV for me, only got till Oct this autumn.

  • Jamie Rennie says:

    I had flights booked to travel to India next month. They were booked during the half-avios sale. Apparently the sale was for flights taken between October 2020 and July 2021. My outbound to Mumbai was cancelled but my return remained on my “upcoming flights”. I’ve rebooked for next January but now BA want an extra £1100+ because I’m flying outside of the Oct 20-July 21 half-avios window. Surely this is unfair? Any advice would be welcomed.

    • Michael C says:

      Jamie, was your new booking beyond the 12 months of your original ticket issue date? I was allowed to do this (also half-Avios) but only on condition there were Avios seats available, and was told an option otherwise would be to pay extra cash.

      • Jamie Rennie says:

        Michael, my new booking is for January 2022 and the date of my original ticket issue date was October 2020. So yes, more than 12 months. I should probably have been a little clearer: I didn’t receive any notification of my outbound to Mumbai being cancelled, it just disappeared from my “upcoming flights”. One other possible salient point is that my return was from Chennai as opposed to Mumbai. Not sure if this affects anything. Thanks for your help and any further advice would be appreciated.

    • memesweeper says:

      Jamie, if BA cancelled on you they are not allowed to charge you more Avios nor more money. EC261 re-routing rights will apply to you.

      • Michael C says:

        Quite agree, MS, though I was told a “new condition” (massive eyeroll) for a rebooking after the 12-month period was Avios availability…it did work out for me (and I could even book online), but who knows if this is a “thing” or just a random operator!

        • Richard G says:

          I had the twelve month thing told to me when I called last week (cancelled 241 / 50% Avios sale). 🙁

      • Jamie Rennie says:

        Hi memesweeper. See my reply to Michael above. My Manchester-Mumbai flight just disappeared from my “upcoming flights” but not before they altered my MAN-LHR flight to arrive into LHR 3 hours after my Mumbai flight would have departed! Then a couple of days later both flights MAN-LHR and LHR-BOM disappeared. Nobody got in touch with me at any stage. A week ago I got in touch with BA because my flight from Chennai back to the UK was still showing as live even though my flight to India had a) been messed up connection wise and b) then been “disappeared”. They rebooked my flights for January 2022 with no mention of any problems or extra payment, neither cash nor extra avios. A few days afterwards that I got an e-mail from BA asking me to get in touch with them re my Chennai-UK flight when in fact it was to do with my whole booking which they restarted and then I was asked for an extra £1100+ to go with my original cost of £1600+ plus 187,500 avios (3 persons in the half-avios sale). Sorry to rattle on but I probably should have explained myself better first time around.

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