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

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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 New York or Los Angeles.

Here is the catch though:

You must fly one direction on British Airways and the other direction on American Airlines.

Full details can be found here.

The offer runs until October 30th.

American Boeing 777 200 business class seat

The reason I said that this was a ‘risky’ promotion for British Airways is that the new American Airlines business class seat is generally agreed to be substantially superior to Club World.

You can see a picture of the new AA seat above (I thought it was the 777-200 but the comments below assure me it is the 777-300 variant).  I haven’t flown it myself yet (hint, hint, AA!) but the feedback is excellent.

You receive full British Airways tier points and status bonuses whether you fly on BA or AA so mixing carriers is not an issue from that point of view.

Registration IS required via this website.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (16)

  • Sean says:

    You will be getting the new 772 layout on these flights. Subs do appear though.

    • Sean says:

      The picture is from the 77W

      • Dave says:

        No, sorry. The picture is from the 772.

        On the 77W all seats face forward in 1-2-1, not the front/rear-facing-alternating seats on the 772 in the photo.

        • James says:

          The pic is definitely the refurbished 772 (known as 77D in the AA system) as the seats are forward/backward. The 77W all face forward and are roomier.

        • Sean says:

          Sorry. Lack of attention to detail! Yes – there will be 1 x 77W and 2 x 77D on the JFK rotations.

  • Jovan says:

    My understanding is that B772 that replaced B77W on thr JFK-LHR is the 77D version (no first class and new business).

  • Jan says:

    Great that you make some promotion for American Airlines. It’s new business class product is indeed superior to the one of British Airways (and so is its loyalty program). However, I think you have some wrong information. AA’s new business class is available on some Boeings 777-200ER and all of its Boeings 777-300ER (two slightly different versions though). And on the London-LAX and London-JFK routes, all AA flights are currently operated by the Boeing 777-300ER (which features the new business class), so there is nothing risky about it. You can read my trip report on the AA B77W on my blog: It’s a fantastic product!

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Jan. AA is not my strong point!

      • Jan says:

        You’re welcome! Be sure to fly AA soon (you will be impressed). By the way, the photo is one of the Boeing 777-200ER (all seats on the Boeing 777-300ER face forward). Kind regards

    • SpeedbirdABZ says:

      I think Raffles article means it’s risky for BA since the AA product is far superior. I’m one of those who used it for the first time a few weeks ago and won’t be going back to Club World.
      Has anyone been on both the 77W and 772? My flight to JFK has just been changed and I don’t know how to choose a good seat. I’ve been on the 77W as I said and know the good seats on that one but they’ve thrown backward facing seats into the 772 now which has flummoxed me! I did like backwards on the BA 747 when I tried it.

  • Manu says:

    Another one I am not eligible for

  • Robert says:

    AA J is excellent! just wish I could use GUFs with them…

  • Michalis says:

    Do codeshares count? I am flying one way on a BA operated but with AA codeshare to LAX in August and return on a BA operated flight with a BA flight number.

    I couldn’t see something like that excluded in the T&Cs

    • haasha says:

      It’s not very clear but I believe codeshares are included. Your problem though might be clause #14, if you bought tickets before this week:

      14. Promotion cannot be used retrospectively. This promotion only applies to those who make a booking on or after 20 July 2015, for travel within the Promotional Period, and subsequently complete the outbound sector of their booking and the return sector of their booking between by 31 October 2015 inclusive.