American Offering Up To 30,000 Bonus Miles For Travel To Europe

Last week I wrote about how British Airways Executive Club is offering triple Avios for flights booked and flown through December 11, 2016. This promotion is also valid on their transatlantic joint venture partners, which include American, Finnair, and Iberia.

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Typically American and British Airways have similar promotions for transatlantic flights, given their joint venture partnership. However, I figured maybe American wouldn’t quite match British Airways’ promotion, given that their frequent flyer program is now revenue based.

However, American is offering up to 30,000 bonus miles for transatlantic travel this fall. You can earn the following number of bonus miles for roundtrip travel, on up to a total of two roundtrip tickets:

  • 15,000 bonus miles for first class fares
  • 10,000 bonus miles for business class fares
  • 5,000 bonus miles for premium economy or full fare economy fares
  • 2,000 bonus miles for select discount economy fares

American-Bonus-Miles

The basic terms are as follows:

  • Fly between September 9 and December 11, 2016
  • Only valid for tickets purchased September 9 or later (which is unfortunate, since in the past American’s promotions even applied for previously booked tickets)
  • Registration required using promotion code NAF16
  • Valid for nonstop travel between the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe
  • Valid for travel on American, British Airways, Finnair, and Iberia
  • One-way tickets earn half the bonus miles

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American Airlines business class

The following fare classes are eligible for the promotion:

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; other Economy Class fares booked in H, K, M, L, W, V, G, Q, N, O or S on American Airlines 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 or B; other Economy Class fares booked in H, K, L, M, V, G, Q, N, O or S 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; other Economy Class fares booked in A, K, L, M, P, V, G, N, O, Q, R, S, T, W or Z on Finnair marketed flights; Business Class fares booked in J, R, C, D, or I; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y or B; other Economy Class fares booked in H, K, L, M, V, A, G, N, O, P, Q or S on Iberia marketed 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 or B; other Economy Class fares booked in H, K, L, M, V, G, Q, N, O or S on OpenSkies operated as British Airways flights.

American seems to offer a similar promotion a couple of times per year, though this promotion is significantly less generous than past ones. For example, American had a similar promotion at the same time last year, except business class tickets earned 25,000 bonus miles per roundtrip, and even previously booked tickets qualified.

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Iberia business class

Bottom line

Ultimately some promotion is better than nothing, though this is a very watered down version of last year’s offer. It’s sort of amazing how American has devalued their award chart (making miles less valuable) while also decreasing the number of miles issued, and then even other promotions are less generous as well.

Still, given the number of super cheap British Airways business class fares out there, this could be a great option for anyone taking a transatlantic flight in the coming months.

(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)

Comments

  1. Sucks that this doesnt include previously booked fares. I’m flying Milan round trip soon, a fare I booked when Tiffany posted about cheap flights a few months back. With the new accrual rates on AA and AS, I couldnt decide where to credit my miles. This would have tipped me into AA.

  2. Understood it may be worse than before at first sight. I am not sure though as with a regular JFK-LHR fare in the $6800-7000 range, as an EXP total miles earned will hit the 75k cap, plus the bonus it comes to 85k. The most miles I earned with the 25k bonus were 64k I believe (ex JFK)… so, unsurprisingly, for the J class flier (paid fare) the earning rate is significantly better than before.

    The new aa program seems to have been tailor made for the TATL flights, with earning rates easily doubling those pre new program and closing in on Australia earning rates (as a matter of fact you will likely earn the same miles if flying JFK-LHR than JFK-SYD)… a program for I bankers and lawyers.

  3. It’s a shame this doesn’t include previously booked flights, I was hoping a flight booked for later this week might hit this promo. At least I got a SWU applied tho 🙂

    What with the constant devaluation, reduction in earning, EQD requirements etc etc this will be the last year I’m putting any effort in to maintaining a FF membership. It was fun while it lasted, I can’t argue with several RTW first class holidays and a ton of upgrades, but it’s clearly all coming to an end, and that’s that.

  4. Yeah, this is way worse than previous deals. I used this program last year after I had booked a cheap economy flight to Istanbul. With the number of segments and miles, I ended up going from no status and zero American miles that year to Platinum status from one round trip ticket…that’s probably why previously booked flights don’t count anymore.

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