Duomo at sunrise, Milan, Europe.
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One of the best, and easiest “hacks” to save money on business class across the pond has been to grab yourself an AARP membership, which currently costs between $9-$12 dollars per year. And no, there’s no age limit.

Anyone can sign up, and when you do so online, you instantly have access to $200 off British Airways flights, and American Airlines flight sold by British Airways. That’s handy on the occasion when British Airways and American launch a stellar fare, and you can make it even better.

There’s a publicly available $1849 round trip fare from US cities including New York, Boston, DC, Chicago, San Francisco and more to Milan or Venice, and if you use your AARP discount, it makes it $1649 round trip, and you can even upgrade to first class using miles. It’s about 20k miles each way, to upgrade to first, FYI. That’s pretty cool.

Here’s everything you need to know…

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The Flight Deal To Milan Or Venice

American and British Airways have a hot new fare deal for travel all throughout 2021 and into 2022. You’re right, Europe isn’t presently allowing Americans in, but that’s bound to change sometime amid positive vaccination data and declines in many key metrics. It’s a gamble, sure, but sometimes they’re worthwhile…

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Duomo at sunrise, Milan, Europe.

You can jet off to Milan, either with direct flights or connections via London or a US gateway from: New York, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago or San Francisco, and feel free to post more in the comments if you find other cities.

British Airways has made significant progress in putting ‘Club Suites’ on US routes including New York and Chicago, which offer privacy doors and flat beds with direct aisle access, unlike the previous old seats. American Airlines exclusively flies seats with direct aisle access across the pond right now.

In short – it should be a great flying experience.

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Dates You Can Travel

These fares are amazing, because there are hardly any restrictions or blackouts. You can jet off virtually any date in 2021 or 2022 (that’s bookable so far) and there’s only a 4 or 5 night minimum stay requirement. Peak summer, late fall when things should be largely open again, mid winter, your pick!

Using The AARP Discount To Save $200

AARP provides meaningful member discounts beyond British Airways fares, but we’ll keep it simple and just highlight how to use the discount. First, you can join here for $9-$12, depending on the plan you select. Sure, that bumps the fare by around $10 bucks, but it’s hardly a factor here.

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Once logged in online to AARP, simply click ‘Member Benefits‘ on the top banner, and then scroll down to Travel Benefits, and then “Airlines Benefits” and select British Airways. When you do, you’ll be taken to an exclusive BA page where the discount is automatically applied.

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Any flight you found on Google Flights should appear $200 cheaper via the link, which brings a final price of $1649, plus the $10 or so you spent to get the $200 in savings. It’s also worth looking on Amex Travel to see if a Platinum discount appears.

Happy deal hunting. Many European countries have made every indication that they aim to open as soon as reasonably possible, with pre-flight covid-19 testing and rapid testing on arrival in unison with better contact tracing. if that’s cool with you, or you’re one of the lucky ones who’s been vaccinated, this is a superb deal.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. This offer isn’t working for me. There is no link to BA but there is an ad talking about the offer you mention.

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