British Airways Executive Club regularly offers bonus Avios earn on tickets purchased for British Airways flights, however, they are usually only valid for travel within the next 2-3 months, which is less generous than Qantas Frequent Flyer promotions which generally run a month or two longer.
Having said that, this triple Avios promotion represents good value if you were already planning a trip from Australia/New Zealand to Europe, or between Europe and North America, before the end of March.
- Register and travel by 31 March 2017 – travel previously booked is not eligible
- All fare classes
- Eligible airlines: all British Airways flights; American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair flights between Europe and North America; Comair flights within South Africa (does not cover Qantas flights)
- Valid for first eight sectors flown – if you are going to travel more, we recommend considering crediting the extra ones to another program like Qantas Frequent Flyer or AAdvantage
- Bonus points are credited within 24-48 hours of completing your journey
Example: fly Sydney to London return
You can use the Avios calculator to work out the base points you would ordinarily earn. Remember that this calculator makes you break the journey up into individual segments.
For example, if you were to fly the only British Airways service from Australia – Sydney to London via Singapore – return, you would ordinarily earn 5,330 Avios for the cheapest Economy Class ticket or 15,989 for the cheapest Business Class (called ‘Club World’ in BA jargon) ticket.
Under this triple miles promotion, you would earn at least 15,990 Avios in Economy Class or 47,967 in Business Class; full-fare tickets earn even more.
I did a quick search for flights from Sydney to London using Google’s ITA Matrix and found that a 2-3 week return trip departing between mid-February and mid-March 2017 on British Airways is pricing at around $1500 in Economy Class (compared to $1160 on the cheapest airline) and $7000 in Business Class (compared to $5000). That’s pretty good pricing for a trip during shoulder season (as opposed to the peak travel months of the northern summer and Christmas-New Year).
Using Avios for award flights
The sweet spot in the Avios chart is for domestic flights with Qantas in Australia, American Airlines in the US, and Japan Airlines in Japan.
For example, by purchasing a return ticket to London in Economy Class under this promotion, you’ll earn enough Avios (15,000) to fly Qantas Business Class between Sydney and Adelaide, or Melbourne and Brisbane one-way.
If you purchase a Business Class ticket to London, you’ll have enough Avios (40,000) to fly in a Qantas A330 Business Suite between Melbourne and Perth return.
The new Qantas A330 product is one of the best domestic Business Class cabins in the world
This offer is a generous one and would suit you if you were already planning a trip to Europe, or between Europe and North America, sometime before 31 March 2017.
Remember to register for this promotion before you purchase your ticket.