American Airlines and AAdvantage

As a member of the oneworld alliance, you can use your British Airways Avios points for American Airlines flights. Domestic flights in the US are particularly good value because there are no taxes added.

Our main article explaining how to use your Avios points for domestic US flights with American is here. You will also find articles on how to earn and spend American's own miles among the articles below.

Bits: Amex Plat getting free Hilton Gold?, 19 Thistle hotels rebranded, 20% bonus Marriott to AA

News in brief: Free Hilton HHonors Gold coming back as an Amex Platinum benefit? Until December 2013, American Express Platinum charge card holders received Hilton HHonors Gold status, albeit as a ‘one year only’ benefit.  Then, overnight, Amex pulled it – much to the anger […]

BA version of the ‘125,000 bonus Avios’ promotion found – but only for non-UK EU residents

I wrote an article yesterday about the American Airlines offer which gives you a bonus  of 2,000 to 25,000 AA miles for up to five transatlantic return flights you credit to AA by 31st January.  This is open to UK residents. (If you read that […]

Earn 125,000 bonus American Airlines miles with BA transatlantic flights this Autumn!

This offer has been around for a few days.  I have delayed writing about it because it is messy, frankly. (Edit: this article has been amended to remove some confusing references to Avios when I meant AA miles …..!) American Airlines is offering up to 125,000 […]

3,000 miles in ANY airline scheme with a Rocketmiles hotel booking

For just two days, until October 3rd, hotel booking site Rocketmiles is offering 3,000 bonus airline miles with any hotel booking. The only rule is that you must not have used their service before.  Whilst you need to book by the 3rd, your stay can […]

Bits: Free business upgrade on AA from Birmingham, 1,000 bonus Avios with Avis, double discount on SAA

Bits and pieces: 1,000 bonus Avios with Avis rentals Car rental group Avis is offering a special deal via the portal. You will earn 1,000 bonus Avios on any 3 day rental completed by 30th November.  The car must be a Group C or […]

No free suitcase on domestic US Avios redemptions – and what to do

I don’t know if this is a new policy or if it is simply a coincidence.  However, two Head for Points readers contacted me recently to make the same observation. Economy Avios redemptions on US Airways and American Airlines for domestic travel no longer come with […]

It’s back! £1,200 Club World to Hawaii, £995 to JFK and other BA sale bargains

EDIT: British Airways added some date restrictions to these Dublin fares a few days after this article was published. To get the fares quoted in this article – which can be bought until 22nd September – you must take your OUTBOUND transatlantic flight between the following […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 3 – How to Upgrade With Avios

Over the next few weeks, I am running updated versions of our 17-part ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.  These articles now reflect the recent Avios devaluation as well as other changes over the 18 months since the pieces were originally published. The “Avios Redemption University” series is a […]

20% bonus on SPG transfers to American extended to 31st

American Airlines has extended its promotion with Starwood Preferred Guest by another three weeks.  Until August 31st, you will receive a 20% bonus on conversions of Starwood Preferred Guest (Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, W etc) hotel points to American Airlines. AA still awards 100% of miles […]

25% bonus Avios on First / Business returns to New York or Los Angeles

British Airways has launched an interesting – and slightly risky! – promotion in association with its transatlantic partner American Airlines. Between now and October 31st, you will receive 25% bonus Avios for any First Class or Club World / Business return flight between London and […]

How to upgrade British Airways flights using American Airlines miles

Being able to upgrade British Airways tickets using Avios is a well known feature of the programme. Whilst upgrades from World Traveller / Economy are restricted to full fare tickets – although this is due to be extended to cheaper tickets in late 2015 – […]

Bits: Qantas reduces Avios fuel surcharge, AA Avios booking problems, UK airport expansion

News in brief: Qantas cuts fuel surcharges on Avios tickets again There has been another small victory in the war on fuel surcharges on Avios redemptions! British Airways has already scrapped fuel surcharges on short-haul redemptions which means that Reward Flight Saver redemptions are often […]

Bits: Accor Summer sale, another ‘buy AA miles’ sale, Shangri-La deal for Asia visitors

News in brief: Accor launches ‘up to 40% off’ Summer sale Accor, the Novotel / Sofitel / Mercure / Ibis etc group, has launched a Summer sale with quoted discounts of up to 40%. It covers the entire Summer, valid for stays until August 30th. […]

Bits: £59 Amazon Prime, 1000 Clubcard points on Fuji cameras and Lego, American scraps First to Heathrow

Some news in brief: Amazon Prime reduced from £79 to £59 for 48 hours Some HFP readers received a targetted offer from American Express recently for £10 cashback on a £35 purchase in July.  If you have not yet redeemed that, here is an interesting […]

20% bonus on Starwood Preferred Guest conversions to American Airlines

There are two good reasons why you may be considering building up some American Airlines miles at the moment: The free UK credit card has a 15,000 mile sign-up bonus AA still awards 100% of miles flown when you credit economy BA flights, compared to […]

Some amazing redemptions on Etihad partners – eg 36,000 miles return Europe to New York in Business!

On July 8th, Etihad Guest devalues its reward chart sharply – by over 50% in some cases.  This came as a major shock to members when it was announced last month. You can read details of the devaluation and comments from HFP readers here. What […]

15,000 free American Airlines miles with their UK credit card

American Airlines has tripled the sign-up bonus on its UK credit cards from 5,000 miles to 15,000 miles.  This is the same offer which ran twice during 2014. Whilst a far cry from the amazing 35,000 miles they offered in early 2013 – which was […]