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

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This offer has been around for a few days.  I have delayed writing about it because it is messy, frankly.

American Airlines is offering up to 125,000 bonus miles in AAdvantage if you credit transatlantic flights from British Airways, AA, Iberia, US Airways or Finnair to an AA account this Autumn.

Iberia has a similar promotion which allows you to earn Avios instead.  However, it is targetted.  There does not appear to be a way to register if they did not email you. The rules are also stricter as Iberia insists that flights are booked and flown during the promo period. AA does not care when you booked.

British Airways ALSO has a version of this deal but NOT for UK residents. Other EU countries are fine. I will look at this tomorrow.

Your dilemma

This means that, whilst this is a good deal, UK residents have a dilemma.  In order to receive your bonus, you need to credit BA flights to an American Airlines account.  This means that you will lose the British Airways tier points which you may need to retain or gain BA status.

This bonus is therefore most suitable for:

UK economy flyers, who should be crediting economy BA flights to AA anyway because AA still gives you 100% of miles flown compared to 25% with BA

British Airways Gold UK members who have already secured requalification and don’t mind the loss of tier points (but the bonus is worth less to a BA Gold because you are sacrificing the 100% status bonus you would receive by crediting BA flights to an AA account)

American Finnair

How it works

The promotion is outlined on the American Airlines website here.  Registration is required.

The bonus is very simple:

It is valid on all flights to or from Europe to or from the USA, Canada and Mexico

It is valid whether you fly on Iberia, BA, Finnair, US Airways, OpenSkies or American Airlines

You must fly by January 31st although registration closes on October 31st

The bonus is pretty good.

25,000 AA miles (or Avios in the Iberia version, if you were targetted) for every First and Business Class return flight

15,000 miles for every Premium Economy and full-fare Economy return flight

2,000 miles for every return flight in discounted Economy

You earn the bonus on up to FIVE return flights before the end of January, which means a maximum bonus of 125,000 AA miles, or Avios via Iberia.

It is worth noting that this offer would combine very nicely with the ‘free business class upgrade from Birmingham to New York on American’ deal that I wrote about yesterday.


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 (33)

  • Raffles says:

    Update: I have now found the BA version. It is NOT valid for UK residents, only those in the EU. I will cover this tomorrow.

    • RIccati says:

      Why would BA need to give incentives to UK residents…

      On a serious note, why compete for EU business with weaker currency and low chances to pull people who already prefer Swiss/LH or Sky Team while alienating the home customers? Is a French man or Dutch or Dane more likely to spend more on BA?

      • Doreen says:

        Ba has been offering this bonus to EU residents for the last 3 or 4 years – works well for me being based in Spain 🙂

  • Peter Taysum says:

    Gaining BA Gold this year, flying AA economy from LHR to JFK (I know) in Jan has allowed me to choose seats in I think premium economy. I hadn’t come across that anywhere else. Is it an anomaly?

    I’m trying to work out where to put my Avios…

    • VP says:

      If you have BA Silver or above you can chose at time of booking what American calls as Main Cabin Extra seats. They have extra leg space and without status you have to pay extra (around $80-120 one way for LHR-JFK I believe) but it is not a differentiated product like premium economy because everything else food, seat width etc is same. You also get same number of avios/miles as normal economy. You can also book the exit row seats at time of booking. Exit row seats give you a higher priority boarding than other economy seats even if you don’t have any status.

  • Talay says:

    Can’t you just move your address to a qualifying EU address, either permanently or for the duration ?

    If not, then what do people do who emigrate ?

    And where is the EU law here ? A snippet from a reported incident below (though not directly related):

    “The European Commission said that price discrimination based on residence broke the rules of the EU’s single market.”

    Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28756674

    • Rob says:

      You can move but:

      A cannot do Tesco conversions (not an issue as can go via avios.com)

      B you cannot have a BA Amex

      C cannot move back for 6 months

  • Nicole says:

    Just looking at this deal – we are flying with BA in November Glasgow – heathrow – vegas and BA are giving us 11,444 avois each for this. They are heavily discounted ‘O’ seats – Would I earn any more miles changing this to AA?

    Thanks in advance

    • Rob says:

      Did you book this before April 28? If so, you keep the old rate of 1 per mile flown so same as AA.

      Had you booked later it would / should show just 3,000 return.

      Definitely stick with BA in your case. No point crediting to AA for just 2,000 extra AA miles given the risk that you never get to use them before they expire.