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British Airways “Travel Together” vouchers can be earned using the airline’s co-brand credit cards. They let a companion travel for no additional miles when redeeming points. The first passenger pays normal miles, taxes and surcharges while the second passenger is charged taxes and surcharges but no miles.
I’d seen that U.K. credit card ‘Travel Together’ vouchers had gotten increased flexibility. They can now be used for a solo traveler to save 50% off the miles for an award. Using this for two passengers is still better – you save double the miles – but offering the flexibility for a single passenger to save miles is a great improvement.
One Mile at a Time points out that this benefit improvement has been extended to U.S.-issued Travel Together vouchers as well.
The British Airways Visa Signature® Card has an initial bonus offer which ends at some point June 30 to earn 100,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. It earns a Travel Together ticket when spending $30,000 on the card in a calendar year.
British Airways award surcharges can be quite high – I still value their redemptions. I think about it as buying a discounted coach ticket (that doesn’t earn miles) and using miles for a double or triple upgrade when redeeming for business or first class. Given BA’s business class award availability – they load business class award inventory when loading their schedules – it’s a useful tool. And you might save us much as 160,000 miles on a simple roundtrip in first class between the U.S. and Europe when using the Travel Together ticket for a companion.