British Airways Executive Club is back with a promotion offering up to 30,000 bonus Avios per roundtrip longhaul ticket.
Unfortunately eligibility for this promotion is limited to members with accounts in the following countries:
Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City State.
The promotion is valid for flights booked between August 20 and December 19, 2014, and for travel between September 1 and December 19, 2014. Registration is required before booking the qualifying flight, though in practice I’m not sure how strictly that will be enforced. There’s no limit to the number of bonus Avios you can earn.
Through this promotion, you can earn 30,000 bonus Avios for every transatlantic return flight or two sectors in:
- British Airways First Class
- British Airways Club World
- OpenSkies Biz Bed
- American Airlines First Class
- American Airlines Business Class
- Iberia Business Plus
- Finnair Business Class
Earn 15,000 Bonus Avios for every transatlantic return flight or two sectors in:
- British Airways World Traveller Plus
- OpenSkies Prem Plus
It gets a bit complicated in terms of which airlines have to operate the flights and how the flights can be coded, so here are the relevant terms:
A Qualifying Flight is a single sector flight (i) with a BA prefix on a BA long-haul operated service (ii) with a BA, AA, IB or AY prefix on transatlantic flights operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair or US Airways between the EU, Norway, Switzerland and North America, Mexico and Puerto Rico (iii) OpenSkies services from Paris Orly to Newark or New York JFK; in the following cabins and booking classes: British Airways First (F, A), Club World (J, C, D, R, I), World Traveller Plus (W, E, T); OpenSkies Biz Bed (J, C, D, R, I), Prem Plus (W, E, T); American Airlines First class (F, A, P), Business class (J, D, R, I); Iberia Business Plus (J, C, D, R, I), Finnair Business class (J,C,D,I)
As you can see it gets a bit tricky. For example, a US Airways flight number operated by British Airways is eligible, while a US Airways flight as such wouldn’t be.
British Airways seems to offer some version of this promotion a few times a year. In this case it’s unfortunate that it’s targeted, and both US and UK residents are excluded. Something tells me that they’ll heavily be promoting this offer in France among their OpenSkies customers, as a way of keeping them off La Compagnie.
If you are eligible, I’d definitely say the promotion isn’t enough to mileage run over, but if you’re taking a trip anyway, it might be worth switching airlines around.
(Tip of the hat to @thatjohn)