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25-45,000 bonus miles to Europe on American/British Airways/Iberia = cheap business class

by on Mon September 19, 2011 • 1 Comment

If you’re a business traveler and use full fare tickets in economy, business, or first class — you can now earn big American AAdvantage bonus miles on every roundtrip you take to Europe using American, British Airways, or Iberia. Or you can earn with British Airways Executive Club as a U.S. based member.

The catch?

You must book your ticket in full fare economy, premium economy, business, or first class. So this is geared toward business travelers, not vacationers unless you normally buy full fare economy or business class tickets.

The bonuses are unlimited…you can earn for as many trips as you want from September 19th, 2011 – December 31, 2011.

  • 25,000 miles for first trip
  • 35,000 miles for second trip
  • 45,000 miles for every trip after that with no limits

To enroll with American, use code ‘EUR11’ at

How can this make for cheap business class?

Advance discount business class tickets to Europe can sometimes be found for $1,500 – $1,800. A typical coach discount fare is about $800-$900 right now. So for about $600-$900 more you receive 1) 25,000 bonus miles, 2) 7,000 miles for the flight, and 3) if you are a Platinum or higher  elite — another 7,000 miles — a total of 42,000 miles. That’s worth about $800 if you value your miles at $0.02 a piece as many of us do. So for essentially nothing over the price of coach you’ve purchased a flight in business class. This is also a good way to rack up elite qualifying miles before year-end.

For British Airways miles members based in the U.S., a similar offer is available. There you can buy Premium Economy for about $1,800 roundtrip, and use 25,000 miles for a roundtrip upgrade to business class.

Eligible fare class detail

Includes First Class, Business Class or full-fare Economy Class fares booked in F, A, J, R, D, I, Y, B or H on American Airlines operated flights; on British Airways operated flights, fares booked in First Class, Club World, World Traveller Plus or full-fare World Traveler: F, A, J, R, C, D, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H; on Iberia operated flights, fares booked in Business Class or full-fare Economy Class: J, C, D, R, I or Y.

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One thought on “25-45,000 bonus miles to Europe on American/British Airways/Iberia = cheap business class

  1. allison

    If I call a customer service line (airline or something else) and I get the put on hold every 15 seconds routine, I hang up and try again because most likely it’s a new employee in training.


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