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Earn up to 50,000 miles with two transatlantic BA or AA flights this Summer

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There are a very confusing number of promotions currently available for anyone planning on flying across the Atlantic on a oneworld airline, including British Airways.

The crux of the problem is this – some airlines do not want to throw miles at flyers who would achieve the bonus anyway.  If British Airways had decided to run this offer and make it open to everyone, it would have been very straightforward.  As it is, regular transatlantic flyers need to have a think.

Let’s summarise the four promotions you could sign up for:

BA AA Finnair IB

British Airwaysearn double Avios when you fly two long-haul return flights on BA or American Airlines by 31st July (click for details).  This offer is targetted, despite the promotional website saying it is open to all.

Iberia – earn up to 50,000 Avios with two transatlantic return flights on BA, American, Iberia, OpenSkies or Finnair before 31st July.  You earn 25,000 Avios in Iberia Plus for a First or Business Class flight, 15,000 for Premium Economy or flexible Economy and 2,000 for discounted Economy.  This offer is targetted and you must have been emailed by Iberia directly in order to register.

American Airlines – identical to the Iberia offer but this is NOT targetted.  Anyone can register via this page.  However, tickets must have been purchased after 9th May.  

Finnair – identical to the Iberia offer but, again, NOT targetted.  Anyone can register via this link.  Unlike AA, there is NO requirement to have booked before 9th May.

How can you decide which offer to register for?

If you are flying across the Atlantic before 31st July, here is a rough decision tree for you.  I assume that you would take Avios given the choice.

Do you need tier points from your flight to qualify for British Airways status?  If so, forget about these promotions and credit the flight to British Airways Executive Club as usual.  Sign up for the BA ‘double Avios’ promotion if you were targetted.

If not …. were you targetted for the Iberia offer?  (If you didn’t receive an email, log in at iberia.com and see if it pops up on the promotions page.)  Crediting your flight to Iberia means that you can move the Avios across the British Airways using ‘Combine My Avios’.

If not …. you need to choose between the AA offer and the Finnair offer.

Reasons for Finnair – no restriction on buying ticket after 9th May, can top up miles via American Express Membership Rewards transfers, can move the points to Le Club Accor Hotels or IHG Rewards Club – see the Finnair website here and here

Reasons for AA – no fuel surcharges when redeeming on most airlines (BA and Iberia excluded), you can redeem on Etihad, you can top up your miles via the UK AA credit card

It is, unfortunately, all more complicated than should be necessary.  Hopefully this article can help you decide where to credit any transatlantic travel over the next 10 weeks.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (18)

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  • Maciek says:

    There are reports on FlyerTalk indicating that despite the requirement of booking after 9th May for the AA offer, bonus miles get credited even if flights were booked months ago.

    • Justin says:

      I can confirm that AA bonus miles get credited even if flight was booked before 9th May.

      • where2travel says:

        Excellent news, I’m hoping my booking for this weekend made in last November will be OK!

  • Brian says:

    OT – but there isn’t a bits article today – there is a Starbucks offer on AMEX now. Good for those who like their daily dose of earthy liquid that Starbucks like to sell as ‘coffee’…Valid on card top-ups, too.

    • Rob says:

      Amex just sent me a press release on this, so excited are they!

    • Nick M says:

      It says “in store top up” for their card – but I’m fairly sure “Starbucks” appeared on my credit card statement when I topped up several months ago… can anyone that uses it more regularly confirm? – If so will top up £15 which should last a year or so…

      • Nick M says:

        The offer is £1 back per £3 spent, up to a maximum of £5 back (therefore £15 spend)…

        Sorry I didn’t specify that I topped up through the app rather than in a store… if they cannot distinguish between instore/app purchase then topping up via the app would be easier for me

        • Brian says:

          Ok. Worth a £3 top-up via the app to see if you get an email from AMEX…

  • Fedor says:

    I have flight booked through BA and was targeted by Iberia offer. Is it possible to move my flight to Iberia?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, just change the frequent flyer number at check in – or do it now via the Qatar Manage My Booking site (yes, I know, sounds odd but it works). BA won’t let you change the FF number online once one is in.

  • polly says:

    So what do we get if we have only one j flight booked to NYC. Will we get half those bonus points or do we have to complete two returns to get any decent return? Very confusing. ..

  • Albert says:

    I really don’t get it. I have upcoming trips to Singapore and to Miami to be booked within the next 45 days and they won’t target me – because I have too many tier points (>6000)? I am more than happy to visit Doha and Madrid again. Surely, BA would want to capture the business themselves?

  • Metropole says:

    Does anyone understand how the Iberia offer works? I can’t see how many avois you actually earn for each flight.

  • Michael Rosen says:

    Hi slight change of topic, but does anyone know if my wife can take out a new ba Amex card (to get the 10k bonus offer and I can get the 4k referral bonus) if she is currently a supplementary card holder on my account.

    Would I need to cancel her card?
    I am very frustrated at all those free miles going begging!

    • Alan says:

      Being an existing supp doesn’t count so you can happily refer for the card in her own right 🙂

  • Alex W says:

    There is the virgin offer too.

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