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.
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:
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.
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?