American matches British Airways and offers up to 40,000 bonus AAdvantage miles per transatlantic roundtrip!

Earlier British Airways published a promotion offering up to 40,000 bonus Avios per roundtrip between the US and Europe. While it was only valid for premium and full fare tickets, the mileage bonuses were substantial enough so that it might be worth paying the premium in some cases. The promotion was also valid for travel on American and Iberia, given their transatlantic agreements.

As I expected it looks like American has matched the promotion, offering 20,000 bonus AAdvantage miles per roundtrip to Europe, and an additional 100,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after completing five roundtrips. The promotion is valid for travel through May 31, 2013, and there’s no requirement as to when travel has to be ticketed, so previously booked travel qualifies. Registration is required prior to travel using promotion code EURAA, and only residents of the US, Canada, and Mexico qualify.

Are there cases where this can make sense as a mileage run? I dunno. There are some sub-$1,500 fares in “H” class between New York and London. If you did it five times you’d be earning 40,000 AAdvantage bonus miles per trip, and valuing those at 1.8 cents each, that’s ~$720 worth of miles. You still earn about 7,000 base miles, and if you’re a Platinum or Executive Platinum member you earn an additional 7,000 miles, for a total of 54,000 miles roundtrip (assuming you do five of them).

Even so it’s not an amazing mileage run, and that’s not even factoring in that you have to do five roundtrips to get that kind of value out of it.

But if you’re going to Europe anyway it might make sense to shift some extra business to OneWorld to take advantage of this.

Filed Under: American, Great Deals


  1. Lucky, with all due respect, please note when a post “applies only to AAdvantage members who are U.S., Canada or Mexico residents”, so your fellow non-US/CA/MX readers don’t waste our time. Thank you.

  2. Arghhhhhh yet another amazingly generous points offer from BA and AA that they’ve restricted to US residents! Our £ and € obviously aren’t worth as much to them – makes we want to spend the cash with *A instead!

  3. At first I was very excited and when I read your blog, I realized that it’s only for certain booking codes. From DFW to FRA, I am looking at 2.7 per mile. Not worth it!

  4. This is great! BA is the primary airline we all fly for business trips in my bank as BA actually offers us complimentary upgrades from business to first class due to a company agreement.

  5. Not a mileage run opportunity at all considering the following:
    “Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or Million Miler status.”

    However, this can be a great deal for people that are already planning trips across the pond before May 31st anyway.

  6. In the T&C’s, it says “…American Airlines…operated and/or marketed nonstop flights for round-trip travel between the U.S. … and Europe” Does that mean you can’t start the trip from a secondary city (i.e. one that doesn’t have nonstop OW transtlantic service)? Or is it saying that the nonstop segment needs to be included?

  7. @ Jayy — It’s just saying the actual nonstop segment has to be nonstop, so if you have more segments that’s fine. They’re just saying you can’t route from the US to Europe via Asia and still qualify.

  8. @ Jon — Mileage runs aren’t just for elite status miles. There are plenty of people mileage running for redeemable miles.

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