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.
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.