British Airways Executive Club has announced details of an interesting promotion. Members can earn double Avios for their first eight flights with British Airways between now and 31 December, 2017.
Pre-registration is required. You can do that by following this link here.
According to the fine print, this is what qualifies as a British Airways flight eligible for double Avios:
Qualifying Flight is a published or corporate negotiated net fare flight in any selling class or cabin, with: (i) a BA prefix on a BA long-haul or short-haul operated service or (ii) a BA prefix on a transatlantic flight operated by BA, American Airlines (AA), Iberia (IB) or Finnair (AY) between the EU, Norway, Switzerland and North America, Mexico and Puerto Rico (iii) an OpenSkies service from Paris Orly to Newark or New York JFK (iv) all domestic and regional BA (operated by SUNAIR of Scandinavia) flights within Europe. The promotion does not apply to travel on flights operated by any other BA franchisees, codeshare partners or oneworld Alliance members.
“Double Avios” is an unfortunate way of marketing this promotion. In fact, what happens is the base Avios are doubled. Base Avios are never more than 100% of the mileage flown, but might be as low as 25% for the cheapest Economy fares.
(due to this, if you have lots of long haul travel planned in Business, you might want to avoid crediting any cheap, economy fares to your Avios account – you don’t want to waste one or more of your eight flights on a cheap 25%-er…)
Some of the other things worth watching out for:
An Eligible Participant is a British Airways (“BA”) Executive Club Member, resident in the participating countries, aged 18 or over
Underage members of a Household Account would seem to be excluded from this promotion. And, rather than list all participating countries, it is easier to list the countries that are excluded: Canada, the United States, Mexico and South Africa.
The Qualifying Flights for all sectors of the journey must be booked, ticketed and purchased in a participating country
I take this to mean that you cannot book a return flight from North America to Europe and expect to receive Double Avios, even if your BAEC account is registered in a European country.
Despite some quirks, and the fact that Double Avios means less than you might hope, it is still worth registering for this promotion if you are planning to travel with British Airways this autumn…