The airlines participating in the oneworld transatlantic joint venture are offering up to 125,000 bonus miles for transatlantic travel over the coming months.
The two most interesting programs participating in the promotion are American AAdvantage and British Airways Executive Club. Here are the links to their promotions:
Through this promotion, oneworld airlines are offering bonus miles with each roundtrip flight between the US and Europe that is taken between September 22, 2015, and January 31, 2016. Through this promotion, you’re earning the following number of bonus miles for each of five roundtrips:
- 25,000 bonus miles for first and business class fares
- 7,000 bonus miles for premium economy or full fare economy fares
- 2,000 bonus miles for other economy fares
The terms of the promotion are quite similar regardless of which frequent flyer program you prefer to earn bonus miles with:
- The promotion is valid for roundtrip travel between the US/Canada/Mexico and Europe; one-ways are eligible for half of the bonus
- The British Airways version of the promotion is only valid for bookings made between September 22, 2015, and January 31, 2016, while previously booked travel qualifies for the American version of the promotion
- Registration is required prior to travel, between September 22, 2015, and January 31, 2016
- Valid for roundtrip travel on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, OpenSkies, and US Airways
British Airways business class
As far as eligible fare classes go, here are the ones which are eligible for the promotion, based on which airline markets the flight:
*Includes First Class and Business Class fares booked in F, A, P, J, R, D or I; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H; other Economy Class fares booked in K, M, L, W, V, G, Q, N, O or S on American Airlines or US Airways 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) booked in W, E or T; Full-fare World Traveller (full-fare Economy) booked in Y, B or H; other Economy Class fares booked in K, L, M, V, G, Q, N, O or S on British Airways marketed flights; Business Class fares booked in C, D, I or J; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H; other Economy Class fares booked in 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, B or H; other Economy Class fares booked in K, L, M, V, W, Z, A, G, N, O, P, Q, S or E on Iberia marketed flights; Biz Bed (Business Class) fares booked in J, R, C, D, or I; Prem Plus fares booked in W, E, T; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H; other Economy Class fares booked in K, L, M, V, G, Q, N, O or S on OpenSkies operated as British Airways flights.
American Airlines business class
If you’re booking paid premium cabin travel, keep in mind that this promotion stacks with American’s other promotions for bonus miles, including:
- Earn up to double Elite Qualifying Points for paid premium cabin travel
- Earn bonus redeemable miles for paid premium cabin travel
For context, oneworld offered a similar promotion around the same time last year, though at the time you earned 125,000 bonus miles after three premium roundtrips. In this case it would take five roundtrips to earn the same bonus, though the good news is that even discounted economy fares earn you bonus miles with this promotion.
I value American miles at ~1.8 cents each, so 25,000 bonus miles per premium roundtrip are worth $450 by my valuation. Keep in mind that oneworld often publishes really fantastic transatlantic business class fares, made even better by the AARP and BA Visa discounts.
So if we see the return of some great business class fares, this promotion could make for some great mileage runs. Otherwise if you’re traveling to Europe in first or business class, this promotion might be a reason to switch some travel to oneworld from other alliances.
While this promotion isn’t as lucrative as past ones for premium cabin travel, it is nice that all economy fares earn bonus miles through this promotion, even if it’s just a couple thousand.
Do you plan on taking advantage of oneworld’s transatlantic promotion?