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As if deeply discounted business-class fares aren’t enough, British Airways is offering additional incentives for transatlantic flights through January 31, 2016. As part of this latest promotion, you can earn up to 25,000 Avios per round-trip, for up to five trips and a grand total of 125,000 bonus Avios. This deal is structured a bit differently than the airline’s summer promotion, which issued bonus points on a sliding scale. Since American AAdvantage matched the last promo, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar offer this time around as well.

Earn up to 125,000 bonus Avios.
Earn up to 125,000 bonus Avios.

Earnings are based on the cabin class you’ve booked — first and business-class fares earn the most, at 25,000 Avios per round-trip, with premium economy and full-fare coach (Y, B or H class) at 7,000 Avios for a round-trip and discounted economy fares earning 2,000 points. You can fly American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia or OpenSkies. Unfortunately British Airways says bookings made before today aren’t eligible, though it doesn’t hurt to register just in case. Flights can originate in the United States, Canada or Mexico.

While Avios aren’t nearly as valuable as AAdvantage miles when redeeming for long-haul premium-cabin flights, they can save you quite a bit on short-haul travel. Bonus Avios will post to your account within 4 to 6 weeks. You can also boost your Avios balance by transferring points instantly from Chase Ultimate Rewards, earned with cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
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Excellent Credit

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