American Airlines & British Airways (USA) Bonuses For Trans-Atlantic Travel

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American and British Airways (USA) both announced frequent flyer bonus offers today in celebration of 5 years of partnership across the Atlantic. In both cases the maximum earning potential is 125,000 AAdvantage Miles/Avios.

As with similar offers in prior years, earnings are based on the type of ticket purchased and the cabin flown.

Both airlines are offering the same offer, just with their own award currency – so sign up with whichever Airline will give you the currency you’d prefer to earn.

The Offer

What you have to do: Travel between the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe on a participating airline during the promotional period.

Promotional period: 22 September 2015 – 31 January 2016

Participating airlines:  American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia & OpenSkies.

Promotion Code: NAF15 (American Airlines only)

Earning rates:

First Class & Business Class – 25,000 miles or Avios/round trip up to a maximum of 125,000 miles

Premium Economy & Full Fare Economy – 7,000 miles or Avios/round trip up to a maximum of 35,000 miles

All remaining Economy fares – 2,000 miles or Avios/round trip up to a maximum of 10,000 miles.

American Airlines AAdvantage members should register here.

British Airways Executive Club (USA) members should register here (the T&Cs restrict the promotion to residents of the US and to flights departing North America)

Terms & Conditions

It looks like AAdvantage Members have a much nicer set of T&Cs than the British Airways Executive Club (BAEC)

  • Existing reservations will earn the bonuses with AAdvantage but not with BAEC.
  • There don’t appear to be any residency restrictions for AAdvantage Members while the BAEC requires participants to be resident in the US, Canada or Mexico.
  • There’s no mention in the AAdvantage promotion’s T&Cs about origination while the BAEC promotion rules state that  the promotion is only valid for flights “to the UK or Europe”. They go on to say “Member must purchase and fly on a transatlantic ticket for travel beginning and ending in the United States, Canada or Mexico”

Wow. That’s harsh on the part of British Airways. And more than a little unfair. If you’re celebrating 5 years of partnership with another airline shouldn’t your passengers have as good a bonus as the passengers of the other airline?

Another set of flyers that should be careful with this offer are frequent fliers who travel in both economy and premium cabins and who have more then 5 flights during the promotional period:

It would appear that the first 5 round trips taken, following registration, will count toward the promotion. Therefore you should work out when the optimal time would be for you to register for this offer to ensure that as many of your premium cabin flights count.

For example:

If you’re in the position where your next flight is in Economy but you also have a further 5 flights in Premium cabins (all within the promotional period), you should hold off registration until AFTER your first flight (the one in Economy) to make sure that it’s your five Premium cabin trips that count towards the promotion.

For the full terms and conditions please refer to the American Airlines & British Airways promotion pages.

I’ve got some travel booked during the promotional period but it’s all in Cargo Class Economy so I won’t be earning a pile of miles with this one…still, some miles are better than no miles. It’s a very nice offer but it’s not enough to get me to book any more travel….not unless an incredibly low business class fare appears on my radar 🙂