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Premium transatlantic travelers are a hot commodity for airlines. Airfares are generally through the roof and the airlines have been doing their best to put their best lie-flat products on these routes (like Delta who is almost done retrofitting all aircraft to have lie-flat seats, like what I flew to Milan last summer and American Airlines who is retrofitting their 767 and 777 aircraft with lie-flat beds). To lure these profitable flyers, the airlines often run lucrative promotions to reward high fare class purchases and today American and British Airways both announced promotions where you can earn up to 100,000 miles in their respective programs for travel now through August 31, 2014.
American Airlines Promotion: Register here with promo code NA014.
British Airways Registration Link
Participating Airlines and eligible fare classes:
American Airlines, US Airways, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, OpenSkies
25,000 Miles Per Roundtrip for First or Business Class booked on American F, A, P, J, R, D or I class; US Airways C, D or Z class; British Airways F, A, J, R, C, D or I class; Finnair C, D, I or J class; Iberia J, C, D, R or I class; Openskies BizBed J, R, D or I
10,000 Miles for Premium Economy booked in British Airways W, E or T class; Openskies W, E, T, Z or A class
5,000 Miles for Full Fare Economy Booked in American/British Airways/Openskies Y, B or H class; US Airways Y or B class; Finnair Y, B or R class; Iberia Y class
AA Key Terms and Conditions
-AAdvantage bonus mile offer is valid on American Airlines, US Airways, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and OpenSkies operated and/or marketed nonstop flights for round-trip travel between the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe, May 12, 2014, through August 31, 2014.
-Offer applies only to AAdvantage members who are U.S., Canada or Mexico residents and who purchase and fly on eligible published-fare tickets.
-Flights operated by other codeshare partners are not eligible for this promotion.
-Bonus miles will be awarded based on the booking class purchased and can only be earned for a maximum of four round-trips.
-Half the round-trip bonus will be posted after each eligible one way segment.
-Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or AAdvantage Million Miler status.
-Registration prior to travel is required.
British Airways Terms and Conditions (Slightly more restrictive- precludes Mexico residents and travel booked before registration, whereas AA does not)
Avios bonus for US and Canadian Executive Club Members of at least 18 years of age, on qualifying, round trip transatlantic flights booked in flexible/non-restricted Economy or higher fares for travel completed by August 31, 2014.
Bonus may up earned on up to four (4) round trips flown during the promotional period.
-Pre-travel registration required.
-Existing bookings made prior to the promotional period do not qualify and this offer cannot be applied retroactively.
You might as well register for these promotions, because it can’t hurt! You never know if you get re-routed or re-booked in an eligible fare class. I personally value AA miles more than Avios and that’s where my miles get banked because I’m requalifying for Executive Platinum status this year, though I’m not sure if I’ll be shelling out for any premium flights this summer since fares are usually pretty high. However, British Airways Premium Economy fares can be reasonable, especially if you upgrade with Avios, which is pretty cheap and does not require a co-pay like American (though will likely trigger higher taxes). American’s rules only state that you need to register before you fly (and they confirmed that via Tweet), whereas British Airways precludes travel booked prior. I’m curious if United/Delta will retaliate with their own versions- since airlines are copycats, I wouldn’t be surprised!
British Airways Visa Signature® Card