Earn Triple British Airways Avios For Transatlantic Travel

British Airways has just announced a very generous offer for bonus Avios on transatlantic flights. British Airways is offering triple Avios for transatlantic travel between September 6 and December 11, 2016. The promotion is valid for travel on British Airways, American, Finnair, and Iberia, and is valid on flights between North America and Europe.

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Perhaps most impressive is that there are no fare restrictions for this offer, so all paid tickets qualify. The basic terms of the promotion are as follows:

  • Registration is required
  • The flight must be booked between September 6 and December 11, 2016
  • Bonus Avios should post within 24 hours of qualifying flights

As a reminder, British Airways Executive Club members ordinarily earn the following number of Avios for flights:

BA-Avios

That means with this promotion you’d earn 75% Avios on the cheapest fares, 450% Avios on discounted business class fares, 900% Avios on full fare first class tickets, etc. This has the potential to be a very generous offer.

Since there’s a joint venture between the eligible airlines on transatlantic flights, typically we see all airlines run similar promotions for these flights. So I’m curious to see if American will offer a similar promotion, which I’d value even more.

My only concern is that this promotion may be replacing the typical fall and winter promotion offered by oneworld carriers, where they offer up to 25,000 bonus miles per transatlantic roundtrip. Which promotion is better depends on the exact type of ticket you’re booking.

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Bottom line

If you have any transatlantic travel coming up in the next few months, this promotion is seriously worth considering. Most airline promotions lately have been pretty lame, with tons of exclusions and limited upside. In this case the major catch is that your flight has to be booked and flown during the promotion period, but otherwise it’s very generous.

Now here’s to hoping that American AAdvantage has a similar offer. I’m not sure what that would look like in practice, though, given that American offers redeemable miles based on how much a ticket costs rather than the distance flown, at least for travel on their own flights.

Will you be taking advantage of British Airways’ triple Avios on transatlantic travel?

Comments

  1. Huge catch is that you need to BOOK and travel in that window which creates a rather annoying limitation to what could be a very exciting promotion from BA. I have travel that was already booked so I’m not getting the bonus Avios 🙁

  2. Right now I’m trying to figure out what “cabin bonuses” they’re referring to in this line of the T&Cs:

    “Eligible Participants will receive triple Avios Points before any cabin or tier bonuses on all tickets except reward flights”

    As far as I’m aware BA awards Avios based on fare class which inherently means that there’s a cabin bonus element built in once you start booking WTP and above….so are they saying that the maximum you can earn is actually 300% (3x Full Fare Economy Class) and not 900% (3 x Full Fare First Class)?

  3. I have a free companion tkt voucher that expires in Dec. on BA. I was not going to use it bc of the taxes/fees. Does this bponus change the math?

  4. I won’t leverage it as I’ve stopped flying BA completely. Their latest enhancements in the race to the bottom with Club World was enough. In any business cabin, I expect a decent meal and BA are now too far behind, well.. everybody else.

  5. So, are we certain that this doesn’t apply to previously booked flights?

    It isn’t very clear from the description to me…

  6. Well this is no fun. On the confirmation page, it tells me both:

    Thank you, XYZ, you are now registered for this offer.

    AND

    Your registration has been unsuccessful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer.

  7. It looks as if this promotion isn’t just for North America – Europe travel but for ANY BA long-haul or short haul flights. The North America – Europe limitation appears to be just for AA/IB/AY flights.

    Per the T&C:

    [A] Qualifying Flight is a published or corporate negotiated net fare flight in any selling class or cabin on: (i) a BA prefix on a BA long-haul or short-haul operated service or (ii) a British Airways (BA), American Airlines (AA), Iberia (IB) or Finnair (AY) prefix transatlantic flight operated by BA, AA, IB, AY between the EU, Norway, Switzerland and North America, Mexico and Puerto Rico (iii) an OpenSkies service from Paris Orly to Newark or New York JFK.

    Note point (i) and the use of the word “or” after point (i).

  8. The promotion also didn’t work for my friend (we are both in Europe). And she did actually want to book a transatlantic flight in the stated period…

  9. This may have been touched upon earlier, but I rang BA and found out yesterday that even if you register and book a flight before 9th September, to qualify for the triple Avios you have to fly the outbound AND return before that date. This was not made clear at all and is apparently at the very end of the small print (took the BAEC agent a long time to find and he even had to call a manager). So even if you have a flying sector before the 9th, you will not get triple Avios for any of it. Unfortunately I already deliberately booked my flights hoping to take advantage of the promotion (at least on my pre-9th outbound) and found to my not inconsiderable annoyance that I will Not benefit at all. BA are on the verge of losing me as well. There are far more superior airlines out there, and if looking to earn Avios/Tier Points transatlanticaly from the UK, I would choose American any day.

  10. BA’s page is very misleading. Miles just posted from a paid First class flight between London and Austin:

    LHR > AUS (F/A) – 4,911
    Tier Bonus – 1,228
    Cabin Bonus – 7,367
    *Special Promotion* – 9,822.

    So you earn the same bonus for full fare economy as you do for First.

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