Sounds too good to be true for a cheap air fare?
I tell you, such deals do exist. You may have heard of Frequent Flier Miles or travel reward points, which can take a long time to accumulate in order to get a free flight. Now, have you ever heard of the cheap air fare because of Companion Voucher or a Travel Together Voucher? Some of the popular Credit Card companies as well as Bank Affiliates offer a Companion Voucher. A companion voucher gives you a second seat of the same flight and in the same cabin for $99 or less when you use your travel rewards points. These can save you a lot of money if you frequently travel with a friend or your significant other and even as a family.
Using our family for example, with 3 kids, we save on 2 tickets because we each have own credit card with a companion voucher. Each voucher is used for one of our 3 kids and for our 3rd child we use our travel reward points to get either a free or a cheap air fare. Which means, only the adults have to pay for the full fare. A companion voucher can also come in handy for those last-minute emergency travels where airfare can cost hundreds to over a thousand dollars (depending on when and where you’re traveling).
With Pros, there are also Cons. Depending on which card you choose, there are some restrictions which includes blackout dates and places where the airline travels to, but does not allow a companion voucher to be used. Also most of these credit cards charge annual fees/or taxes and fuel surcharges. So you’ll have to calculate whether it’s actually worth it to use the companion voucher for certain flights. For example local travel versus international travel, where the prices are higher and so are the savings.
1) RBC WestJet does not allow Companion Voucher to be used on flights to Hawaii and Puerto Rico but does allow you to travel to the UK on certain flights. Annual fee of $99 does apply.
2) Alaska Airlines MBNA MasterCard doesn’t have any flights to Europe but allows Companion Voucher to be used on flights to Hawaii. Annual fee of US$75 or $99 CAD also applies to this card.
3) British Airways Visa Signature requires you to spend $30,000 using their card in order to qualify for a companion voucher to use anywhere they travel to with over 300 destinations which includes Europe, North America and Asia. Now, $30,000 sounds a lot but if your using your card for everyday purchases and paying your bills on time, the point accumulates in no time.
4) BA Amex (UK) or BA Visa (US) is the same as British Airways Visa where you need to spend £10,000 or $30,000US. The difference is that with BA cards you are able to maximize your Companion Voucher by choosing First Class or Business Class Flights rather than economy.
I didn’t list all of them because of the changes that the companies go through every year. The promotions they offer also change without much notice. For example US Airways Premier World MasterCard, which allows up to 2 guests to travel with you on any US Airways flight for just $99 each (plus taxes and fees) every year. This promo was discontinued last year when US Airways merged with American Airlines.
The cards available also vary for each country of origin. So I suggest you check with your local bank or credit card provider to see if they do offer a companion voucher or a cheap air fare promo. If you do find one that does offer a companion voucher, make sure to check the airlines destinations and restrictions to see if it’s worth getting and paying the annual fee.
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