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.
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
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
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.
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)