Earn Up to 125,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles on Transatlantic Flights

Sep 22, 2015

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Earlier today, British Airways introduced a promotion that lets you earn up to 125,000 bonus Avios on flights to Europe, and now American is chiming in with a deal of its own.

Earn up to 125,000 bonus AAdvantage miles.
Earn up to 125,000 bonus AAdvantage miles.

The terms are nearly identical — you can earn 25,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for each round-trip flight in business or first, 7,000 miles for each flight in premium economy or full-fare coach, or 2,000 miles for each round-trip in discount economy. Half the miles will post after the outbound leg, with the remaining miles posting after your return. You must complete travel by January 31, 2016.

Earn bonus miles on flights operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia or OpenSkies.
Earn bonus miles on flights operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia or OpenSkies.

You can only earn bonus miles on flights operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia or OpenSkies, and you need to register for the promotion prior to travel. Generally, American AAdvantage miles are much more valuable than Avios on long-haul flights, as British Airways adds substantial surcharges, so in most cases you’ll be better off crediting your flights to American rather than BA, since both airlines are now offering identical promos.

New York for London in British Airways first class for $2,966 round-trip.
New York for London in British Airways first class for $2,966 round-trip.

Also note that these bonuses are in addition to the premium-cabin bonuses AA has been offering for 2015 travel, which will significantly increase your earnings, especially on first-class and more expensive business-class fares. For example, a round-trip first-class flight over Christmas will run you $2,966 after AARP and Visa card discounts, but an Executive Platinum member will earn 49,000 bonus AAdvantage miles, plus the 10,320 miles you’d normally earn, for a total of 59,320 miles. TPG values AA miles at 1.7 cents each, so the miles you’ll earn are worth more than $1,000. If you factor in those earnings, you’re essentially paying less than $2,000 for a round-trip first-class flight to Europe.

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Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, the 50,000 miles are worth $700. In addition, you can earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) toward elite status after spending $40,000 in a calendar year. As of July 23, 2017 this is the only card that offers Admirals Club lounge access so if you are an AA flyer this card might make sense for you.  Aside from lounge access the primary cardholder will receive a Global Entry application fee credit every 5 years, first checked bag free for up to 8 travel companions on domestic itineraries and a 25% discount on eligible in-flight purchases on American Airlines flights.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Admirals Club® membership for you and access for guests traveling with you
  • Complimentary Admirals Club® lounge access for authorized users
  • Earn 10,000 AAdvantage® Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) after you spend $40,000 in purchases within the year
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to 8 companions traveling with you on the same reservation
  • The standard variable APR for Citi Flex Plan is 17.24% - 25.24%, based on your creditworthiness. Citi Flex Plan offers are made available at Citi's discretion.
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17.24% - 25.24% (Variable)
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