BA version of the ‘125,000 bonus Avios’ promotion found – but only for non-UK EU residents

I wrote an article yesterday about the American Airlines offer which gives you a bonus  of 2,000 to 25,000 AA miles for up to five transatlantic return flights you credit to AA by 31st January.  This is open to UK residents.

(If you read that article via email, I apologies for any confusion caused by some typos.  In a couple of places I referred to ‘Avios’ when I meant ‘AA miles’.  The version on the site has been corrected.)

I mentioned that Iberia has a version of this offer which is valid for UK residents but it is targetted.

I have now found details of the British Airways version.  This is ONLY for residents of Continental Europe, however.

To be precise:

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine

The British Airways offer differs from the American Airlines version in two respects – you earn nothing on cheap economy tickets and less than half the miles on Premium Economy / World Traveller Plus.

You only receive:

25,000 bonus Avios for every Club World or First return tickets (same the AA offer)

7,000 bonus Avios for every full-fare Economy or World Traveller Plus return tickets (the AA offer earns 15,000 bonus miles)

no bonus on discounted Economy return tickets (the AA offer earns 2,000 bonus miles)

Note that – unlike the American Airlines version of this offer – existing bookings do not count.  You will only receive the bonus for new bookings made on or after 1st October.

Qualifying flights are anything on BA, Iberia, Finnair, AA, US Airways or OpenSkies to the US, Canada, Mexico or Puerto Rico, flown before 31st January 2016 and booked after 1st October 2015.

The offer can be found on here (this is the French version).

American Finnair

If you live in the UK and will be flying to North America before the end of January, you have three options:

credit your flights to American Airlines in order to earn the bonus miles, whilst remembering that you won’t earn any British Airways tier points and will also miss out on any status bonus if Bronze, Silver or Gold.  If you are flying Economy long-haul on discounted tickets, you should be crediting flights to AA instead of BA anyway as AA still gives 100% of miles flown.  BA only gives you 25%.

credit your flights to British Airways as usual, missing out on the bonus but earning the usual Avios and, perhaps more importantly for many people, tier points.  Status members would receive their status bonus as usual.

open a 2nd British Airways account at a European address – keeping all of your personal details out of your profile so that BA does not notice the duplication – and credit your flights to that.  You will be losing out on the tier points – at least to the extent that you can’t add them to your main UK balance – and you have no way of adding the Avios to your main balance either.  If crediting Club World flights, however, you would soon have enough miles in the European account to do a full redemption anyway.  (Obviously BA does not look kindly on this sort of behaviour and you do it at your own risk.)

The registration page for the offer on the French version of can be found here.

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  1. Richard says:

    >>open a 2nd British Airways account at a European address…you have no way of adding the Avios to your main balance

    Couldn’t you create a household account with this new european account and your main UK account together. In this way you can spend the miles you earn from your european account using your UK account.

    • Adam Mosey says:

      A household account is for people living at the same address, so no I don’t think this would work.

  2. While I wouldn’t normally point out typos where it’s obvious what you mean, it’s quite amusing that there’s a typo in your apology for making typos!

    • Erico1875 says:

      School teacher?

      • I would hope that a School Teacher would start out with “Whilst” or ” Whereas”.

        Just hoping that further correction is with an “S” and not a “Z” 🙂 .

      • I see no reason why a school teacher would be expected to know the (seemingly old fashioned) intricacies of “while” and “whilst” – bar maybe a particularly pedantic English teacher.

        I merely found it amusing that there’s a typo within an apology for making a typo. Clearly it’s just me being an uneducated grammar pedant though.

        • It’s an old Usenet belief that a post pointing out speeling mistakes usually has at least one mistake in it.

  3. Or the 4th option would be to credit to the Iberia version of the offer then combine the avios later

  4. Mr(s) Entitled says:

    I thought you could move your account every 6mths. Option #4 register your BAEC to your ‘weekend place’ in Europe. ‘Move back’ in 6mths complete with Avios and TPs?

  5. Bit cheeky of BA. EU law demands that all EU citizens have equal rights to goods and services no matter what EU country they’re from. Apple got landed with a pretty hefty lawsuit doing things like this, targetting to specific EU countries.

    I would suspect if challenged, they would be forced to open this up to UK residents too.

    • Sussex bantam says:

      As did Eurodisney and SNCF recently with cheaper prices for French residents.

      I suspect you are right and this may not be valid under EU law if anyone (not me!) can be bothered to challenge it !!

      • This is more correct, ie a promotion may be only for French residents but it would be unlawful to deny it to a Brit passport holder with a French address.

        • Sussex bantam says:

          I wonder if it is to do with the location of service ? So – i can certainly sell a widget at one price in France and a different one one in the uk but if you are getting on a sncf train then I can’t charge a uk citizen one price and a French citizen another. Does that sound right ?

        • Sounds right to me. If I go to France however then I must get the French rate.

          Just like Tesco isn’t breaking the law by selling doughnuts cheaper in the UK than in Ireland.

        • Tesco sells things at different prices in stores a mile apart. Our Tesco Local is more expensive for some items than the main store in town. I live half way between and tend to use the local for odd things on the way home from work or on a Sunday evening. Unless I absolutely need it, I refuse to pay more for something than in the main store.

        • EU Laws extend to online shopping:

          Insist on obtaining your new rights under EU law

          Many companies and individuals offering services in the EU currently discriminate against customers living in a different EU country. Some will probably continue to do so, even with new EU rules in force.

          “If an online shop refuses to sell you an item, or a supermarket refuses to give you a loyalty card, or you are charged a higher booking fee for your holiday simply because you live in a different EU country, then your rights are not being respected.

          To get help defending your rights in such a situation, contact your local European consumer centre.”

          With such a large company such as BA, and such a simple transaction, I can’t see any ‘objective reasons’ why it shouldn’t be open to the UK as well.

        • You didn’t think it was worth including this bit?:
          You do not necessarily enjoy the same rights with certain services, notably financial and transport services.

        • No, didn’t mention it because as far as i could work out, “transport” does not refer to Airlines. It only refers to Urban Transport,Taxis, Ambulances and Port Services:

        • Simply excluded:

          (d) services in the field of transport, including port services, falling
          within the scope of Title V of the Treaty;

          Try telling Raffles he has to open up his competitions to all EU.

          He’s been correctly advised that opening up the competitions to non-UK leaves him liable to all sorts of potential bad consequences.

    • EU law demands nothing of the sort, at least not in the sense you mean. In other words, a supplier of goods/ services can certainly charge different prices in different EU countries; can refuse to supply in any country it chooses; can run promotions for residents of 1 country and exclude residents of other countries.

  6. Isn’t this against EU rules? I.e discriminating against one EU country ?

  7. Lady London says:

    Am pretty sure BA has run this same highly lucrative promotion in 2014 and also in 2013 at exactly the same time. It was offered only to Continental Europe members and not offered in the UK.

    IIRC it was followed in both those last two years by a considerably watered down and pretty much useless promotion for the UK only. It was a bit of a slap in the face for loyal UK members, really.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      You want a slap in the face? Try being a loyal UK member outside of London.

      • Not that silly kettle of fish, please.

        Just because you lot got free flights down to London on Avios redemptions in the past, does not make BA bad to deny you that in the future.

  8. Hi – can someone please explain the following:

    -using the BA avios calculator for a discounted economy flight from LHR to EWR gives me 865 avios (one way for Blue members), while
    – it gives me 4325 avios for the same flight for Gold members

    …I thought Gold provided for only 100% avios bonus over Blue