We see promotions offering hefty bonuses for premium transatlantic travel at least a couple of times a year, as we saw earlier this year from American and British Airways, whereby they were offering up to 40,000 bonus miles per roundtrip.
Anyway, they’ve both published offers for transatlantic fall travel, though they have a few more asterisks than usual, and are only available to members registered in select markets.
This time around the airlines have published different versions of the offers, as follows:
American is offering the following:
When you fly a return transatlantic trip in First or Business Class on American Airlines, Finnair, British Airways, Iberia or OpenSkies you will earn an additional 30,000 AAdvantage® bonus miles, or if you’re travelling in World Traveller Plus on British Airways you’ll receive an extra 15,000 bonus miles – all in addition to the AAdvantage miles you normally earn for your flight.*
There’s no limit to the number of AAdvantage bonus miles you can earn – the more you fly the more you’ll earn. Just travel between 1 September – 19 December 2013.
Register before you fly using promotion code EU30K
The big catch is that the offer is only available to those with accounts registered in the following countries:
Offer applies only to AAdvantage members with an address on file with AAdvantage Marketing Programmes in one of these countries: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City State.
So yeah, this offer is only available to our friends on the other side of the pond, and only available on transatlantic flights.
British Airways is offering 15,000 bonus Avios for every two sectors in World Traveller Plus or 30,000 bonus Avios for every two sectors in Club World or First Class. Unlike past similar promotions, this one only applies to longhaul flights, though isn’t limited to transatlantic travel. The catch is that tickets have to be purchased between August 20 and December 19, 2013, so previously booked tickets don’t qualify.
The offer is only available to those with accounts registered in the following countries:
Andora, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City State, Malta, Gibraltar, Albania, Russian federation, Tunisia, Turkey, Israel, Belarus, Iceland, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine, Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Uganda, Montenegro, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Botswana, Tome and principle, Seychelles, Senegal, Namibia, Sudan, Libya, Guinea.
Even if you qualify, neither offer is worth going out of your way to book a higher fare for, though if you are traveling on an eligible route and in an eligible fare class, it might make sense to switch your travel plans accordingly.