While summer is a busy travel season for leisure travelers, it’s historically a slow travel period for business travelers. That’s why we often see great summer business class fares, since those seats might not otherwise be sold. Using a few tricks we’ve even seen transatlantic business class fares dip below $1,000 per person this summer.
So it’s not unusual to see carriers offering promotions to incentivize premium cabin travel, particularly in summer. The oneworld alliance is back with their “usual” summer promotion for premium transatlantic travel, and it has the potential to be quite lucrative.
Earn bonus American AAdvantage miles
American AAdvantage is offering up to 115,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for three transatlantic roundtrips.
The basic terms of the promotion are as follows:
- Valid for travel between May 7 and August 7, 2015 (previously booked tickets qualify)
- Valid for travel on American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, OpenSkies and US Airways
- Valid for flights between the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe
- Registration using promotion code NA015 is required prior to travel
The bonuses are as follows:
- 20,000 bonus miles after your first first/business class roundtrip, or 5,000 bonus miles after your first premium economy/full fare economy roundtrip
- 40,000 bonus miles after your second first/business class roundtrip, or 10,000 bonus miles after your second premium economy/full fare economy roundtrip
- 55,000 bonus miles after your third first/business class roundtrip, or 15,000 bonus miles after your third premium economy/full fare economy roundtrip
All in that means you can earn a total of 115,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after three roundtrips, which is an average of ~38,000 bonus miles per roundtrip. If you managed to snag one of the super cheap business class fares between New York and Paris, that potentially puts it in range of being a “legitimate” mileage run.
Keep in mind that this stacks with the other promotions American is presently offering for paid premium cabin travel, including:
- Bonus redeemable miles for flying paid first & business class tickets
- Up to 3.0 EQPs per mile flown for paid first & business class tickets (as opposed to the normal maximum of 1.5 EQMs per mile flown)
For the purposes of the transatlantic promotion, here are the eligible fare classes:
*Includes First Class and Business Class fares booked in F, A, P, J, R, D or I; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H on American Airlines or US Airways marketed flights; First Class or Club World (Business Class) fares booked in F, A, J, R, C, D or I; World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) booked in W, E or T; Full-fare World Traveller (full-fare Economy) booked in Y, B or H on British Airways marketed flights; Business Class fares booked in C, D, I or J; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H on Finnair marketed; Business Class fares booked in J, R, C, D, or I; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H on Iberia marketed or operated flights; Biz Bed (Business Class) fares booked in J, R, C, D, or I; Prem Plus fares booked in W, E, T; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H on OpenSkies operated as British Airways flights.
Earn bonus British Airways Executive Club Avios
As is the norm when these alliance promotions are being offered, British Airways is running a “mirror” promotion of the American offer, also offering up to 115,000 bonus Avios after three transatlantic roundtrips.
The terms of the promotion are virtually identical, with two major caveats:
- With the American AAdvantage promotion, travel booked prior to registration still qualifies for the promotion. With the British Airways Executive Club promotion, you must register prior to booking, meaning previously booked itineraries wouldn’t qualify for the promotion.
- With the American AAdvantage promotion, there are no residency requirements. With the British Airways Executive Club promotion, you must be a resident of the United States, Canada, or Mexico, to participate.
British Airways business class
This is a fantastic promotion, especially in light of the ever-decreasing margin we’re seeing between the cost of economy and business class. I do think the American AAdvantage version of the offer is a bit better, both because previously booked travel qualifies, and also because I value AAdvantage miles quite a bit more than Avios (especially in light of British Airways’ recent devaluation).
Due to my schedule I wasn’t able to lock in any of the cheap business class fares between New York and Paris, though you can bet I’m keeping an eye on business class fares now, in hopes of taking advantage of this promotion.
Do you plan on taking advantage of this oneworld bonus for transatlantic travel this summer?