Bonus Avios For Longhaul British Airways Travel

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.

Bottom line

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)


  1. Why do they make such a promotion, but without including the country they are from? No UK citizens?

  2. @ Sebastian — Not saying I agree with it, but the reasoning is that they don’t need to offer a bonus in their “home” country. Members will already fly BA because of their schedule, frequency, etc., so why offer more of an incentive?

  3. Hi Luke, as a resident of Belgium, I can say that British Airways offers this lucrative promotion only once a year, always in the second halve of the year (5th year in a row now). The same offer is now also available for the flequent flyer programs of American, Finnair, and Iberia. You can find the AA link here:,000%20bonus%20miles&reportedPosition=0&url=undefined&_locale=&repositoryName=undefined&repositoryId=undefined. The American Airlines promotion is very lucrative, when you are an elite member of their program. With the current promotion, a business class transatlantic flight to the US West Coast earns almost AA 60000 miles, enough for an award ticket in business class from Europe to the Maldives (the award chart of AA is much better than the one of BA for European residents)

  4. Lucky,

    I wanted to take advantage of this offer but through the USAirways program but didn’t find any flights at favorable rates when I looked. However, I did recently purchase an world traveller ticket on British Airways that I am crediting back to USAirways. British Airways is offering me a paid upgrade to World Traveller for a fare rate, approximately $250 from London to New York on a 787 flight where I hear world traveller is terrible and world traveller plus is much better. My question is does British Airways typically report the fare class purchased or the fare class upgraded to, such that as a USAirways elite, I would earn 110% of the miles flown rather than 100% of miles flown?

    I am assuming it is the paid fare class rather than upgraded fare class, but since all were paid for cash, not sure how British Airways treats this and what info they will submit to USAirways.

    Thanks for the help.

  5. @ Joseph — I could be mistaken, but I believe you get the miles for the new fare class when you pay to upgrade with BA. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

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