July 31st, 2011
Transfer AMEX MR Points To British Airways And Get A 50% Bonus! Fly Round-Trip Domestic For Less Than 17,000 Points Or To Hawaii For Less Than 24,000 Points!
Update: Today is the last day for this promotion!
Originally posted on 06/01:
Transfer AMEX Points To Delta And Get A 50% Bonus! Transfer At Least 100,000 Points And Get 25,000 Elite Miles!
Transfer 100,000+ AMEX Points To Delta And Get A 40% Bonus (for non first-time transfers)
Just hover over “British Airways” and you should see the 50% bonus offer.
It says that you will only receive the 50% bonus on your first transfer to BA that occurs between 06/01/11 and 07/31/11, however when they ran a 40% promo earlier this year it also said that it would would only work on the first transfer and yet it worked on all transfers.
Now here’s the thing with BA miles, they do collect fuel surcharges when you travel on most carriers. If you want to travel on BA those fuel surcharges can be quite heavy, especially on long-haul and on connecting flights. But you don’t have to travel on BA.
If you redeem for domestic tickets on Oneworld Alliance partner AA, then it can be a pretty good as they won’t charge a fuel surcharge for that and BA does not charge an award expedite fee. When you book an AA ticket within AA miles within 21 days of departure you pay a $50-$100 expedite fee. When you book an AA flight with BA miles you don’t pay that fee.
-17,000 AMEX points would transfer into 25,500 BA miles which is more than the 25K miles required for an AA round-trip domestic ticket!
-24,000 AMEX points would transfer into 36,000 BA miles, which is more than the 35K miles required for an AA round-trip ticket from the US48 to Hawaii! Tax on that ticket to one of my favorite places in the world is just $5!
-27,000 AMEX points would transfer into 40,500 BA miles, which is more than the 40K miles required for an AA or a LAN round-trip ticket from the US48 to South America. Great deal for travel to Peru, Brazil, or Argentina!
-34,000 AMEX points would transfer into 51,000 BA miles, which is more then the 50K miles required for a Cathay Pacific round-trip ticket to Hong Kong or China.
-44,000 AMEX points would transfer into 66,000 BA miles, which is more then the 65K miles required for a BA flight to Israel. Beware that redeeming BA miles for a trans-atlantic flight will mean heavy surcharges. You may be able to limit part of those surcharges by flying other OneWorld airlines, like Iberia or Malev.
Business class is double the coach miles and first is triple the coach miles.
A Cathay Pacific First Class (150,000 miles) ticket may have $250 in fees, but that’s still not bad on a ticket that sells for a whopping $18,000 normally!
BA allows one-way ticket awards at half the miles of a round-trip. While AA doesn’t generally allow stopovers on any awards anymore using AA miles (except at the north american gateway city of an international award) You can use BA miles even while traveling on AA to take an unlimited amount of free stopovers, even on a one-way ticket! You can theoretically fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, stay there for a couple nights, then to Dallas for a few nights, onto Chicago for a few nights, and Cleveland for a few nights before finally flying to New York. And you can book that whole one-way ticket for just 12,500 miles and $10 tax!
A stopover ticket like this would have to be booked over the phone. You can check award availability on AA.com. BA will have access to the same sAAver awards that AA.com shows availability for.
BA is part of the OneWorld alliance so you can also redeem to fly on OneWorld airlines (American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, JAL, LAN, Malev, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, and S7 Airlines) and they also have non-alliance partners like Aer Lingus, Alaska, and Kingfisher.
You can book some partner travel online but they don’t make it easy, you will probably need to book over the phone at 800-452-1201
Fuel surcharges are worse on some airlines than others. While flying on BA can be very expensive you can fly on some partner airlines for much smaller fuel surcharges.
They do not currently charge fuel surcharges for travel on AA unless it’s a trans-atlantic flight. They also don’t charge fuel surcharges for travel on LAN.
BA allows families to pool miles together into a “household account.” Up to 6 people at the same address can pool their miles together!
BA has a number of award charts, here are links to them: