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Fly BA plus other oneworld airlines? US Airways has the ideal promo for you

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Tomorrow is the day that US Airways quits Star Alliance and joins British Airways in the oneworld alliance.  I will be doing a full article tomorrow on the new redemption options that will be available on US Airways.

In the meantime, US Airways has launched an interesting promotion that – for European flyers – is not so tricky to achieve.

The promotion is easy to follow.  You need to sign up at any point between tomorrow (March 31st) and 30th June.

At the end of the promotion, you will receive a bonus based on the number of different oneworld airlines you have flown:

1 airline – 0

2 airlines – 500 miles

3 airlines – 2,500 miles

4 airlines – 5,000 miles

5 airlines – 15,000 miles

6 airlines – 25,000 miles

Note that US Airways does NOT count as a participating airline, although all of the other oneworld airlines do (the full list is here, affiliates are included.)  Each airline only counts once, however many times you fly it.

You must obviously credit your flights to US Airways Dividend Miles to take part.  Dividend Miles will merge with the American Airlines AAdvantage programme at some point in the next year, so this promotion is especially interesting if you have an AA account with some miles in it.

Personally, I would only bother with this if I was likely to hit 5 or 6 airlines.  I would also want to be doing it on relatively short flights, in order to minimise the number of miles I need to commit to US Airways.  (And, if you have BA status, remember that you will probably earn fewer miles in US Airways than you would with Avios, which drags down the value of the bonus.)

Five or six oneworld airlines is not an impossible target to achieve for a business traveller, though, especially as you have three full months to do it.  Definitely worth thinking about if you are a serious road warrior.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (24)

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  • Jo says:

    Do redemptions count or only full price cash tickets?

    • Sandgrounder says:

      I would imagine they really shouldn’t but nothing would be lost by changing your FF no. after choosing seats etc.

    • Rob says:

      Presumably cash tickets – although you would have nothing to lose by crediting a redemption to them, just in case.

  • Phillip says:

    Don’t forget TAM also joins OW formally tomorrow.

    • Rob says:

      True. I haven’t given that much attention because it isn’t one a lot of people use, but I will do something in a couple of days. Bigger piece on US Airways tomorrow.

      • Londonbus says:

        TAM now makes South America a whole lot more do-able on Oneworld…

      • Phillip says:

        Agreed, but the reduced/non existent Fuel Surcharges are great. LHR-GRU in business is 60,000 Avios and £213 compared to BA’s 60,000 Avios and £393. Of course, my favourite redemption on TAM is JFK-GRU in FIRST at 75,000 Avios and £1!!!!

        • Phillip says:

          Also, flying out of Madrid or Frankfurt on TAM, only costs £22 or £55 respectively one way in taxes for redemptions in business. Even better than AB!

    • John says:

      Wonder if there is any substance to the rumours of QF leaving.

      • Raffles says:

        Would be surprised. Emirates is not in an alliance so they won’t be following them anywhere. The EK relationship is also not going too well by all accounts. Why leave oneworld to be alone?

        • Phillip says:

          I think the recent changes to the QF Frequent Flyer, slashing the tier points earnt by flying with partners, particularly BA, CX and QR are an indication that they have no plans of leaving the alliance, but will try and make it unattractive for their members to fly other airlines particularly where QF flies the route.

  • Singing Dwarf says:

    I wonder what the cheapest combination of flights would be, in order to hit the 25k bonus….

    • Phillip says:

      Depends on flexibility and time to spare – if indeed subsidiaries count, I would go with a routing along the lines of:

      LON-BCN (BA)
      BCN-MAD (IB)
      MAD-FRA (LA)
      FRA-VIE (HG)
      VIE-DUS (AB)
      DUS-LCY (BA CF)

      With the right combination, I reckon it can be had for £350-400. For example, you can get VIE-DUS-LCY on one ticket for £90.

      • Rob says:

        Very clever! I will try to work this into a post later in the week.

      • pazza2000 says:

        Really, that cheap for all of these segments? Certainly interesting…

        • Phillip says:

          LGW-BCN can be had for £45, while BCN-MAD for £39. The only issue is, if this will be a mileage run, you need to look for a date where most of those sectors are available at their lowest price.

  • Phillip says:

    I also managed to get 6 airlines for £380 over 16-19 May as follows:

    LGW-AGP (BA)
    AGP-MAD (IB)
    MAD-FRA (LA)
    FRA-HEL-BUD (BE Nordic and AY)

    If someone wants to plan a trip around Europe by June this is one great incentive to see a load of places and get a bonus at the same time. Each of the above sectors need to be booked separately to get the price, apart from those I listed together (AY/BE and AB/BA).

    You can play about with Iberia and Iberia Express given that they will be classed as two separate airlines. Air Berlin and Niki often have connections that can get you from one airline to the other and the same with Finnair and Flybe Nordic. That’s already 6 airlines before you bring in BA. Remember that prices in Southern Spain are very competitive as both IB and AB have strongholds. IB express also fly from Madrid to Dublin so a short BA hop to come back to the UK. You can easily hit 5 airlines from just doing UK-Spain.

    The big question is, do award tickets count???

    • shorthauldad says:

      Are we certain that IB and IB Express count as separate airlines for the purposes of this promo?

      • Rob says:

        No. The wording is poor, when I first got it I couldn’t decide if affiliates were separate. I doubt it, though – I doubt US could tell BA Cityflyer from a BA flight for example.

        • shd says:

          In fact, more broadly, do we have any idea if what counts is purely the operating carrier?

          If I book a BA operated flight via an AA codeshare, will that credit correctly as BA (for the purposes of this promo)?

          What about an AA operated flight sold as a BA codeshare?

          • Rob says:

            Rules seem pretty clear that it is based on operating carrier, and this is – more broadly – what you find with oneworld in general when it comes to promotions and miles earning.

            To confuse things, Star Alliance often bases promotions on marketing carrier ….

  • shorthauldad says:

    Do we think that an IB marketed flight operated by VY would NOT count towards this promo?

    • Rob says:

      Technically it shouldn’t because Vueling is not an affiliate of Iberia and it is based on operating carrier.

      • Phillip says:

        There is a clear note in the T&Cs that if the operating carrier is not a member of OW then it doesn’t count, regardless of the marketing carrier, and Vueling is not a member of OW.

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