Ever since the Avios devaluation in April, crediting long haul economy flights on British Airways to British Airways Executive Club has been a slightly crazy thing to do.
You were only earning 0.25 Avios per mile flown on discounted economy tickets. If you credited the same flight to an American Airlines AAdvantage account, you would earn 1 AA mile per mile flown.
That game is now ending – but there is a loophole for some.
American Airlines announced yesterday that it is cutting the earning rates on British Airways and Iberia flights taken after 1st February 2016.
As you can see, when you scroll down the new chart, discounted economy tickets from 1st February will now earn just 0.25 AA miles per mile flown. This means that there is no particular reason to credit to American Airlines.
The 1st February date applies irrespective of when you booked your ticket. Even if you booked before the announcement yesterday for travel after 1st February, you will still receive the lower amount.
There is a loophole ….
Flights on British Airways to North American with an American Airlines flight code will continue to earn miles as if they were AA planes.
This means that you will continue to earn 1 American Airlines mile per mile flown.
If, for example, you are flying to San Francisco and want to fly on BA in World Traveller, you should book via Expedia or aa.com. This should bring up the same BA flight with the AA flight number, hopefully for the same price, and it will continue to credit at 100% of miles flown.
How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards (June 2022)
American Airlines no longer has its own UK credit card.
There is, however, still a way to earn American Airlines miles from a UK credit card.
The route is via Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty points convert to American Airlines miles at the rate of 3:1. You receive an additional 5,000 miles bonus if you convert 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points at once.
The best way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is via the official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. It comes with 20,000 points for signing up and 2 points for every £1 you spend.
At 2 Bonvoy points per £1, you are earning (at 3:1) 0.66 American Airlines miles per £1 spent on the card. This will increase to 0.83 AA miles per £1 if you convert Bonvoy points in chunks of 60,000 points.
You can apply here.