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American Airlines has matched the British Airways offer that I posted about yesterday where you can earn up to 20,000 bonus Avios per roundtrip between North America and Europe, and is offering bonus miles every time you fly roundtrip between the U.S., Canada, or Mexico and Europe on First Class, Business Class or select Economy Class fares on American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia or OpenSkies. American’s promotion goes a step further than the British Airways version and includes all existing reservations, you just have to register before you travel.
AAdvantage members members who are U.S., Canada or Mexico residents are eligible to earn 20,000 bonus miles 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 AAdvantage miles, for a grand total of 200,000 possible bonus AAdvantage miles for 5 roundtrips.
Here is the registration link with the promotional code: EURAA (even if you have no travel planned, you might as well register, because you never know!).
What is a qualifying roundtrip?
1) Registration prior to travel is required.
2) American Airlines operated flights includes fare classes F, A, J, R, D, I, Y, B or H
British Airways operated flights, includes fares classes F, A, J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H
Iberia operated flights includes fare classes: J, C, D, R, I or Y
OpenSkies operated flights includes fare classes: J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H
3) Flights operated by other codeshare partners are not eligible for this promotion.
4) A round-trip is defined as travel in the same purchased booking class for both the departure and the return transatlantic flight segments.
Note: AA is offering a similar promotion on their new Chicago-Dusseldorf route, however the promos cannot be combined. Here are details on that promo: “Members registered for both this promotion and promotion AADUS will receive a single bonus for each eligible round-trip flown to/from Dusseldorf for travel in Business Class or Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H during the overlapping time period. However, members who fly on a discounted Economy Class fare ticket, not included in the AAEUR promotion, will be eligible to earn the corresponding 10,000 mile bonus for travel during the AADUS promotion timeframe.” Though the Business Gold Rewards card doesn’t have the benefits package of the more premium Business Platinum Card, it also doesn’t have that card’s $450 annual fee. In fact, the $175 annual fee on this one is waived the first year, so getting it is like a risk-free trial of its benefits plus it comes with appealing bonus spending categories like 3x on the category of choice and a range of 2x spending categories as well.
Just like British Airways’ version, this can be a really lucrative promotion, but I wish the timeframe was longer and cheaper fare classes were eligible. I am tempted to take advantage of this promotion for a trip I’m planning on taking to Europe in late May. I value 20,000 American AAdvantage miles at about $400, so it’s a nice little return on an ~$1,800 British Airways upgradeable Premium Economy ticket!
Though the Business Gold Rewards card doesn’t have the benefits package of the more premium Business Platinum Card, it also doesn’t have that card’s $450 annual fee. In fact, the $175 annual fee on this one is waived the first year, so getting it is like a risk-free trial of its benefits plus it comes with appealing bonus spending categories like 3x on the category of choice and a range of 2x spending categories as well.