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British Airways extends unused eVouchers to 30th September 2025

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If you have an outstanding British Airways eVouchers from the pandemic, it has been extended by a further 12 months.

Vouchers had originally been due to expire on 30th September 2023 and then extended to 30th September 2024.

This has now been extended to 30th September 2025.

British Airways evoucher expiry

All travel must be booked and completed by that date, unless your voucher specifically states otherwise.

This is a generous move by British Airways, since it is hard not to argue that people have now had sufficient time to use their vouchers.

It was a different situration last year, when IAG – the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus – admitted that it had €600 million of unused eVouchers. The group had initially refused to commit to a further extension beyond September 2023 at the time, and some financial analysts had started to factor in a balance sheet boost for the 2023 financial year.

I was always sceptical that British Airways would pull the plug. Many people took an eVoucher during covid – when a cash refund was offered as an alternative – because they wanted to do their bit to ensure that the airline did not go bankrupt. Expiring these vouchers would not have been a good look.

The problem for 2023 travel was high fares. It was very unlikely that you could have booked the same trip in 2023 with an eVoucher based on 2019 flight prices. With prices now coming down, this should be less of an issue.

You can see full details of BA’s eVoucher policy on this page of ba.com.

Remember that eVouchers cannot be used to pay the taxes and charges element of Avios redemptions. They can be used to pay BA Holidays balances but not online. (EDIT: a comment below suggests that this is not now possible.)

There is also a link on the ba.com page above to an online tool where you can check the value of any outstanding eVouchers.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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.

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

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (36)

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  • ianwardz says:

    I have been onto You First as I have an Avios booking for flights to the US. I asked if I could use the 2 eVouchers I have to pay for a hotel while I was ion the US.
    After taking my details, hotel details etc, the agent said she would need to check and call me back. When she called back I was told the vouchers could not be used to book a hotel.
    The vouchers came about during the Covid era, where I had booked, changed and changed again an Avios booking. I can’t remember if any flights were ever cancelled as I was trying to stay one step ahead and moved my flights to a later date at least twice.
    Do I accept what the agent tells me or try again in a couple of days and see if a different agent has a different opinion?

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