New BA bonus: 4,000 Avios on ANY long-haul and 500 on ANY short-haul flight

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British Airways and Avios launched a number of promotions yesterday – not entirely unexpectedly, since I expected an uptick in offers immediately after the Avios devaluation.

This is the most interesting one, although I will obviously cover the others too.

Until 14th July, you will receive:

4,000 bonus Avios for each long-haul return flight you take, in any class, maximum 4 flights

500 bonus Avios on each short-haul return flight you take, in any class, maximum 4 flights

You MUST register at this web page to receive the bonus.

Iberia and Iberia Express services from the UK also count.

British Airways City Airport

The rules are slightly more complex than is necessary:

Your BA account must be registered in the UK or Ireland

You must be over 18 (which means no bonus for children)

Strictly speaking, you must book your flights on or after May 26th.  Generally this rule is not imposed by BA when they run promotions, but be warned – you might not get it on flights already booked.

The deadline for completing your return flight is July 14th.

Your flight must be ticketed in the UK.  This will be a problem for some business travellers who use a ‘contracted out’ travel booking service which processes bookings in, say, India.

A domestic connection to a long-haul flight will NOT count as a separate trip – you will only receive the 4,000 Avios bonus for taking a long-haul flight.

The ‘maximum four bonuses’ rule is unclear.  The text says: “Eligible Participants will qualify for Bonus Avios Points on a maximum of 4 separate Qualifying Flights booked for travel within, and completed during, the Promotional Period.”.  Does this mean four x short-haul bonuses and four x long-haul bonuses, or simply four bonuses in total?  If the latter, you may want to move your short-haul bookings away from British Airways to another airline in order to guarantee you receive the long-haul bonus, assuming you have long-haul flights planned. 

Even if you have no British Airways flights currently planned, you should register for this offer in case something comes up later when you have forgotten all about it.

The registration link is here.

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  1. Charlie says:

    LOL, that’s pretty risky, do you know if the wagered amount can be split into 20 x £1 instead?

  2. =£90 but deduct the £20 deposited = £70 profit.

    • DaveX says:

      Hmm, I wouldn’t go there, myself. Anybody who advocates this kind of foolish roulette bet is not to be trusted.

      • Charlie says:

        The problem is the cash back (in this case £50) is not guaranteed, and slow at the best of times.

  3. Am I imagining things, or did I see BA run a free upgrade on one leg of a semi-flexible CW return recently? I’m sure I saw it a week or so ago, but can’t find the offer on their website.

  4. The wording of this offer is terrible.

    “Book return flights and travel before 14 July 2015 and you could collect up to 4,000 bonus Avios every time you take off”

    At best, that is confusing. “Every time you take off” suggests you get the points for each flight. You might expect to earn 16,000 for a return trip with two flights on each leg, for example.

    • Or maybe they mean take off something, so would suggest wearing a lot before take off !

  5. I am flying with BA fro Vancouver and back in July. Flight was booked in January so I think I get in on the old points structure. Sounds like there is a slight chance I might get the 4000 bonus even though flight was booked ages ago. Does it make a difference to how many miles I get if I register my Avios account number or my BA Exec number? On manage my bookings it tells me I will get 10,000 points against my BA exec number but it says contact Avios to find out the points if I enter My Avios number and I can’t find anything on the Avios web site which clarifies this. Any ideas which number I should enter or does to make no difference?

    • You can’t register an number – you can only register via the BA website (unless I’ve missed something). This means that you will need your BA number in the booking.

  6. I am surprised because roulette is usually excluded from bonuses or offers because all you need to do is wager £20 on red and the same on black + £1 on “0” and hay presto, you’ve hit the target and lost a quid.

  7. Jeannette Day says:

    I am also new to collecting and using points. I have found this site very helpful. My BA exec club acct is registered in the US, I received the offer for the free upgrade to First followed by a letter apologizing the offer was a mistake ?? Is joining the Iberia rewards program in order to purchase avios worth it. It seems that there is no charge to combine avios from the 2 programs .

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