- When you book a flight using Avios, you can use a companion voucher to get the same flight for a second passenger without using any more Avios - essentially two for one - hence why these vouchers are incredibly valuable.
- Note that you have to pay taxes for both flights.
- You have to have an AMEX card to be able to use your companion voucher (i.e. don't cancel all of your cards...).
- The best use of a companion voucher is typically to book a long-haul flight in Business Class or First Class.
- If you earn a companion voucher using a BA Bule card (£20,000 of spend needed) you only have one year to use it.
- If you earn a companion voucher using a BA Black card (£10,000 of spend needed) you have two years to use it.
- You can use a companion voucher to book a one-way flight, a return flight from the same destination (to Singapore and back), or a return flight from a different location (e.g outbound to Singapore and return from Hong Kong)
- You can book different classes of travel for each leg of the journey (i.e. outbound in First Class and return in Business Class). This is a great way to make your Avios go further and to try out different products.
- Having two years to spend a companion voucher is a massive benefit as it can often take a while to work out your travel plans and to find availability on some routes you need to book a year in advance - The voucher that comes with the BA Black card is therefore significantly more valuable than the voucher that comes with the BA Blue card.
- The downside with the BA Black card is that it comes with a £195 joining fee.
- However, you are currently able to upgrade from the BA Blue card to the BA Black card, once you approach £10,000 of spend. If you upgrade once you have spent £9,999, you pay the joining fee at the time of upgrade but you then only have to spend £1 before you get the BA Black card companion voucher and then subsequently downgrade. Once you downgrade, you get your joining fee back pro-rata, which means you should get 11/12 of your joining fee refunded.