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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.


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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

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There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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Comments (96)

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  • Will says:

    Any word on Lloyds upgrade voucher extensions?

  • Nick says:

    Anyone know if LLoyds vouchers being extended? Mine currently expires end March. Thanks

    • Mikeact says:

      Shame the same extensions aren’t applied. Perhaps Rob could have a quiet word with Lloyds !

      • Matt says:

        Surely this is now down to Avios (or even BA) rather than Lloyds? These vouchers are of more interest to me than the 2-4-1 right now, and this announcement makes me somewhat more hopeful. However, each extension so far has been for a shorter duration and at 6 weeks until expiry the clock is ticking loudly. Fingers firmly crossed.

        • GS says:

          Lloyds vouchers/Avios Group remove themselves from BA’s policies as best as they can. I’ve really struggled with them. When BA were extending vouchers liberally, I was granted a 2 month extension with Lloyds. I redeemed it back end of last year for April however they say the BA flexible booking policy does not apply as they are a different company and I would incur a full cancellation or change fee to edit this. They only allow free changes to bookings in the month of Feb at the minute. I wouldn’t hold my breath with them.

      • Fred says:

        Are people aware that the Avios team are in the same building and indeed on the same floor as the BA staff who do perform the same customer service etc?

        Meanwhile I’m unsure why Rob is reticent or doesn’t seek to assist the many HFP followers who continually seek clarity on their remaining Lloyds vouchers. He will have access to many BA reps (and by extension Avios reps) who could easily provide the extension policy clarity sought.

  • Bs says:

    Does this mean further executive club extensions will be in the pipeline?

  • Steve says:

    What is the consensus on when FTV offering will be pulled? Have BA documented this anywhere?

    Whilst this 6 month extension is good, April 2023 is better than early 2022 for me.

  • Phil says:

    This a relief. Had a trip booked in May that was needed to top up our Avios so could use a voucher that expires in the autumn. It was looking doubtful that our May trip and then an autumn trip looked likely, letting the voucher would lapse. Then yesterday our May trip was cancelled by BA. Some relief there because I’ll get a cash refund, but voucher was still a problem. This extension is exactly what I needed.

  • Andy says:

    Annoyingly it seems my voucher that expires March 2022 hasn’t been extended. If only the initially expiry had been three months earlier then I’d have had until June 30th to use it!

  • babyg says:

    not sure why everybody is excited by vouchers being extended, typically you earn 1 per year.. hardly anybody has travelled so you’ve probably earned another one anyways… i have a few and I may let some may expire or i may ill use a 2for1 on a European trip (skiing in 2022), but i haven’t been overly excited about when/if 2for1s expire or get extended… perhaps im an outlier here…

  • Martin says:

    Is the FTV option for extension to April 2023 still good? Seems the best option compared with any extensions BA are granting? And can you book a one way flight (e.g. Man to LHR economy ) now, then cancel and use the FTV at some point to book long haul return Club or First? Same passengers of course.

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