British Airways has announced that solo travellers can now enjoy benefits with the American Express Companion Voucher.

From today BA Amex Companion Vouchers earned since September 2021 can be redeemed for a 50 per cent discount on the Avios cost of a booking for a single passenger.

As previously, cardmembers can instead receive a second seat for a companion travelling on the same Reward Flight booking as them for no additional Avios.

The change means that customers now have the additional flexibility of travelling alone or with a companion, and receiving benefits along the way.

Travellers can earn the Companion Voucher when they reach the required spend amount on either the British Airways American Express Credit Card or Premium Plus Card within their card membership year. They can then redeem the vouchers on BA Reward Flights.

British Airways added:

“From today those booking British Airways Reward Flights using a Companion Voucher (either as a solo traveller or with a companion) will now have more control over their Avios spend.

“They will be able to choose from a variety of options regarding how many Avios to spend versus cash on each booking. This was previously fixed to just one Avios and cash option based on the route and cabin.”

British Airways American Express Credit Card Companion Vouchers can be redeemed in economy cabins, while those with the Premium Plus Card can redeem the vouchers across all cabins.

Last year BA announced that cardholders are no longer required to use their Companion Voucher for a journey starting in the United Kingdom.

Ian Romanis, head of Retail and Customer Relationship Management at British Airways, said:

“Solo travel is a popular option for our customers, which is reflected in the number of solo bookings we have seen. We’ve listened to our customers and we’ve introduced these exciting changes, understanding that flexibility is more important than ever to them.”

Caroline Bouvet, VP at American Express, added:

“Companion Vouchers are an incredibly valuable benefit for Cardmembers, so it’s exciting that we’ve been able to make it even easier for them to be used on flights.

“As people return to travel – looking to go away by themselves or with a friend – the British Airways American Express Cards are a great way to turn everyday spending in to travel rewards, and the only way to earn the much-valued Companion Voucher.” ;