Love is all you need but business class for less than coach never hurts. In business, branding is everything and thanks to a rebrand from one unlikely organization you can save $400 off of any British Airways business class purchase that originates from the United States. Originally the American Association For Retired Persons, the AARP has rebranded simply as an interest group for members of all ages and walks of life. For $16 a year, you can take hundreds of dollars off British Airways business class fares for travel on British Airways, US Airways, American, OpenSkies, Cathay Pacific and more, time and time again, even on fares already bordering economy prices.
Thanks to some great hunting spots, Christmas seems to come almost every other day in the form of business class deals at shockingly low prices. AARP membership allows you to take an additional $400 off any business class seat, just for being a member of an organization. Yes, even when a deal seems too good to be true, you can take an additional $400 off. The AARP is intended for U.S. citizens regardless of age (or retirement status ; ), but if you're willing to pay the $16 fee, there's nothing at all stopping you from taking advantage. You can sign up online and instantly reap benefits. Perhaps just have a friends U.S. address (or even hotel address) ready to complete your enrollment. Once enrolled you are able to click through from the member benefits section of the AARP site to a British Airways portal with savings built in. For those abroad, if you have any problems at all signing up or getting the British Airways site to load, simply make sure your virtual location on each page is set to United States.
This spring it was possible to publicly snag round trip business class tickets from New York to Paris for around $1576. For those in the know with the AARP discount, tickets came to a grand total of $1176. At the time of purchasing flat bed business class for $1176, the cheapest economy ticket was $1290. Sure, this isn't for everyone but for $16, with increasing amounts of premium fares offered around the world, it's a hard opportunity to pass up. I've seen tons of fares bookable via this deal recently which would bring business class round trip under $1200. You never know when or where your dream itinerary will pop up for less than cramped coach. Be in the know.
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