Does it seem crazy that flying Los Angeles to Boston round trip on American Airlines costs the same 25,000 American AAdvantage miles as flying from Chicago to Nashville? We can help you stop the madness with distance based awards on British Airways (a code share partner of American Airlines). With Avios miles that Chicago to Nashville flight currently costs only 9,000 miles roundtrip.
British Airways Executive Club
Join Executive Club, British Airways’ frequent flyer program, and start earning Avios miles. Earn 50,000 free Avios miles with British Airways Signature Visa Card (after spending $2,000 in the first three months) with no annual fee for the first year and a $95 annual fee thereafter.
Earn up 50,000 Additional Avios Miles with the British Airways Signature Visa Card
If you spend an additional $8,000 on your British Airways Signature Visa Card in the first year of card membership (for a total spend of $10,000), an additional 25,000 Avios miles will be posted to your account. Spend another $10,000 within the same 12 month period (for a total spend of $20,000) and you will be awarded another 25,000 Avios miles for a total of 100,000 Avios bonus miles. All in all you will have 120,000 Avios miles (the 20,000 miles from the amount spent and the 100,000 Avios bonus miles from your British Airways Signature Visa Card).
American Airlines and British Airways Signature Visa Card
Those 120,000 Avios miles could get you up to 13 short haul round trips on American Airlines with 3,000 miles to spare. However, on February 2, 2016, British Airways is changing the pricing structure for flights originating or terminating in the USA. See my article 9,000 Frequent Flyer Mile RTs on American Airlines Coming to an End for the details.
That’s because British Airlines is a code share partner with American Airlines and its Executive Club awards are mileage based. British Airways segments less than 650 miles currently cost only 4,500 Avios miles each way (going up to 7,500 Avios miles on 2/2/16). Accordingly, you can fly from Chicago to Atlanta on American Airlines for just 9,000 Avios miles round trip. Chicago to Orlando would be only 15,000 Avios miles round trip. The beauty is your still flying on American Airlines for 9,000 frequent flyer miles through the miracle of code sharing. Bing, bang, boom—you just beat the man!!
Another British Airways Executive Club Benefit–No Bullcrap Last Minute Fees
Another great thing about earning Avios miles with your British Airways Signature Visa Card is that you don’t have to pay the ridiculous fees American charges to use your hard earned AAvantage Miles. Let’s say I want to fly to Louisville this weekend for a little R&R and a lot of Bourbon. I would need 25,000 AAdvantage miles and $86.20 to fly American Airlines from Chicago. On the other hand, I would only need to use 9,000 Avios miles to fly code share on American and pay a minimal $11 fee to British Airways for the privilege. Booyah!!