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British Airways Happiness Fund Promo: Up to 40,000 Avios Per Premium Fare Roundtrip

by on March 18, 2013 · 17 comments

in Avios, British Airways, Oneworld

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The Oneworld trans-Atlantic partnership between British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and Openskies often offers travelers who buy premium economy, premium economy, business and first class fares lucrative bonuses. Today, British Airways launched one of the most lucrative promotions I’ve seen in a while for US and Canadian Executive Club members: 20,000 bonus Avios per qualifying roundtrip booked and traveled between now and May 31, 2013 and if you do 5 qualifying roundtrips, you get an additional 100,000 Avios, for a grand total of 200,000 bonus Avios for 5 roundtrips.

Registration link
Ba Happiness promoWhat is a qualifying roundtrip?
1) Existing bookings made prior to the promotional period do not qualify and this offer cannot be applied retroactively.

2) British Airways operated flights, includes fares classes F, A, J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H
American Airlines operated flights includes fare classes F, A, J, R, D, I, Y, B or H
Iberia operated flights includes fare classes: J, C, D, R, I or Y
OpenSkies  J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H

3) This promotion does not apply to flights marketed or operated by franchises, including Comair, Iberia Express, and Sun-Air, or any other code share partners or oneworld© Alliance members.

* Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for bonus Avios to be credited to your Executive Club account.

Checking for eligible fare classes
Always double check that the fare class you purchase is one of the qualifying fares listed above. On britishairways.com, you can click the flight number during the booking or on check-out and it will confirm what fare class you are purchasing.

Always confirm the fare class before purchasing

Always confirm the fare class before purchasing

AA.com allows you to click the + button and see what class of service the fare displayed falls into:
AA Fare Class
Business Class for the Price of Premium Economy?
I generally think the sweet spot here is to purchase British Airways Premium Economy fares (which are often cheaper than the refundable economy fares) and then using Avios to upgrade to business class. To upgrade from Premium Economy to Business, you only need 1/2 the amount of Avios needed for an economy award on that route. So you can use the Avios calculator to figure out the base Avios for an economy award- for example JFK-LHR is 20,000 Avios one-way. You’d only need 10,000 Avios to upgrade an eligilbe World Traveller Plus fare to Club World. So you use 20,000 Avios to upgrade roundtrp JFK-LHR-JFK and in turn you get 20,000 Avios via this promotion- or even 40,000 if you can hit the 5 trip jackpot.
Check out this post for detailed information on upgrading paid tickets with Avios

If you need Avios to upgrade a booking you can instantly transfer  American Express Membership Rewards (often at a bonus, but none at this time for US cardholders, Canadian members have a 50% bonus through March 31, 2013), Chase Ultimate Rewards and also from Starwood Preferred Guest, though those transfers often take several weeks.

I wish this promotion had a longer life and included pre-booked flights, but I’ll take what I can get. I’m interested to see if American will launch their own version, as they normally do with these trans-Atlantic promotiions. I Tweeted them, but am still waiting on a response. If they do, I’ll be sure to write about it.

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  • SWheel27

    Useful details in this post–thanks for sharing. Perhaps most interesting is the BA booking screen shot…and the leftover Google search terms in the search box at the top right of the screen… :)

  • thepointsguy

    LOL Miles is having a little health issue, but just got back from the vet.. all good!

  • Will

    Can you get the bonuses from flights purchased with miles

  • SWheel27

    Glad to hear it. Thanks for the great info–keep it coming!

  • thepointsguy

    No- only paid tickets in the fare classes listed

  • Brad

    Thinking about jumping on this. Should it work with the “chase10″ promo code and upgrade Prem Eco to Business with Avios?

  • thepointsguy

    Should work with the 10% off as long as you buy the right fare class

  • Rebecca D.

    Just got the AA version of the promo and it looks like existing reservations count (at least from what I can tell). That makes the AA promo much better in my eyes.

  • ImAlreadyThere

    Isn’t the 10% off considered a discounted fare booked in M class?

  • thepointsguy
  • R Bradbury

    Do you know if bookings on Iberia.com count towards this promo?

  • Michael

    Is there a way to get this promo and find a sub $1200 fare using this promo? Lax-LHR

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  • Raphi B

    Would this count towards flights between US and Asia as well? For instance, JFK-NRT on JAL?

  • Robert

    I might consider this one :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=g5fSLrVzpxg

    If only it was to fly from/to JFK.

  • joe

    If you read the fine print of the BA offer, upgraded tickets are not considered an eligible flight, so if you buy a WTP and upgrade to Club World, you will not recieve the bonus points.

  • Flying mom

    I got one of these British Airways Visa cards about a year ago, thinking this was a great deal. Sadly, I’ve found it impossible to redeem Avios points for flights. Very little flexibility to select travel dates and itineraries. I’m cancelling the card!

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