However, now we have a very serious statement of intent – triple base Avios on all British Airways flights, irrespective of ticket class or price.
If you are travelling to North America from Europe, flights on Finnair, Iberia and American Airlines are also included if you credit them to your British Airways account.
Members of the On Business small business scheme will also receive triple OB points. You can register for that offer here.
Let’s look at an example of how generous this could be.
Berlin to Hong Kong on British Airways, Club World, 8th-16th November
Cash cost: €1,737 (£1,454)
Avios earned as a Blue member (a status member would get more):
Calculated at this web page as (869 + 8969 + 8969 + 869) + a bonus of (579 + 5979 + 5979 + 579) + (579 + 5979 + 5979 + 579) = 45,908
That is a VERY generous incentive and a substantial rebate on the cost of the flight itself.
I expected this promotion to come with a catch (ie excluding non-refundable fares) but there isn’t one. The only rule is that your flight must be BOOKED and flown between 6th September and 11th December 2016.
Will BA impose the rule on booking before 6th September? Possibly, possibly not. I have seen it work both ways in the past.
There is one issue you need to be aware of. The rules say that you only get the bonus if your flight is booked, ticketed and starts in a ‘participating country’. The list of ‘participating countries’ is not listed! There is a chance that the German routing above would not count, although it should because American Airlines flies there and that flight definitely counts. (EDIT: BA has comfirmed to me that the offer is valid in ANY country where BA flies.)
Here are the other rules:
You get the bonus on up to EIGHT segments (ie four return flights or eight one-way flights) – this means, weirdly, that you may want to keep your BAEC number out of some short haul bookings so you can get triple Avios on later long haul flights
You MUST register via this page of ba.com
All cabins and all ticket types are included
Only base Avios are tripled, not any cabin or status bonus
American, Iberia and Finnair flights will count if they are for travel between the EU, Norway, Switzerland and North America, Mexico and Puerto Rico or an OpenSkies service from Paris Orly to Newark or New York JFK
Flights on BA franchises, eg Comair and SUN-AIR, are excluded as are BA numbered codeshare flights on other airlines
The offer is NOT restricted to UK residents,
I strongly recommend that you register now by clicking here. You will also find full details on this page. You could easily forget if you end up not having any qualifying flights until nearer the end of the offer in December.
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