American and British Airways just announced a promotion offering bonus points for paid transatlantic travel.
British Airways Executive Club
The offer is open to US and Canada based Executive Club members offering bonus Avios for transatlantic travel through January 31, 2014. They’re offering 25,000 bonus Avios per roundtrip in first or business class, 15,000 bonus Avios per roundtrip in premium economy, and 10,000 bonus Avios per roundtrip in full fare economy. As usual, only revenue fares apply, and not award tickets.
In addition to being able to earn this bonus for travel on British Airways, you can also earn it for travel on American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, and OpenSkies.
Registration is required prior to booking in order to be eligible.
American’s promotion is almost identical, so you can earn AAdvantage miles instead of British Airways Avios. However, with the American promotion registration is only required prior to travel and not prior to booking as far as I can tell.
Generally speaking it’s not worth booking a trip solely to take advantage of this promotion, since discounted coach tickets are excluded. That being said, there are some nice business class fares to Europe over Thanksgiving. For example, American and British Airways have $1,600 business class fares between New York and London, so 25,000 bonus miles sure is a nice bonus for an already great fare.