Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Avios or AA miles for flights between Europe and North America

Many travellers may not be aware that American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia have a joint venture for flights between Europe and North America. Essentially all four airlines share revenue, regardless of who actually operates the service. So, it is not particularly surprising to see the frequent flyer programmes of these airlines offer an identical promotion.

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Travel must be completed by 31 July, 2016 to qualify for this offer. It is important to note that only your first two return trips will qualify for the bonus miles, so if you travel often between Europe and North America, you might want to think about how to maximise your bonus miles, such as crediting any economy flights to a secondary programme and your business class flights to your preferred programme. Apparently, if you travel in mixed classes (i.e. Business out and Premium Economy back) you won’t receive any bonus miles at all so again you need to think pro-actively if you have several upcoming trips in different classes…

The offer applies to the following fare classes:

  • First Class or Business Class fares booked in F, A, P, J, R, D or I; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y; other Economy Class fares booked in H, K, M, L, W, V, G, Q, N, O or S on American Airlines marketed flights;
  • First Class or Club World (Business Class) fares booked in F, A, J, R, C, D or I; World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) fares booked in W, E or T; Full-fare World Traveller (Full-fare Economy Class) fares booked in Y or B; other Economy Class fares booked in H, K, L, M, V, G, Q, N, O or S on British Airways marketed flights;
  • Biz Bed (Business Class) fares booked in J, R, C, D or I; Prem Plus (Premium Economy Class) fares booked in W, E or T; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y or B; other Economy Class fares booked in H, K, L, M, V, G, N, O or S on flights operated by OpenSkies and marketed by British Airways;
  • Business Class fares booked in C, D, I or J; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y or B; other Economy Class fares booked in H, A, K, L, M, P, V, G, N, O, Q, R, S, T, W or Z on Finnair marketed flights;
  • Business Class fares booked in J, R, C, D or I; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y or B; other Economy Class fares booked in H, K, L, M, V, A, G, N, O, P, Q or S on Iberia operated flights.

Pre-registration is required before your first flight(if you want it to qualify). For the American Airlines version, click on the following image:

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For the Iberia Plus version, click on the following image (or log into your Iberia Plus account and go to the “My Promotions” section:

ib 50k promo

And, finally, for Finnair, click here.

Oddly enough, I can’t find a version of this promotion offered by British Airways although I assume one will eventually be announced.

Which programme you choose depends on your own personal circumstances of course. I tend to value AA miles at slightly more than Avios (because AA rarely adds fuel surcharges to award flights), although the recent devaluation really hurt AA in that regard. And always, in the event that British Airways Executive Club do not join the fun, you can always choose to earn Iberia Plus Avios and “Combine Your Avios” later…

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