Get $220 Back on Every British Airways New Promotion

British Airways just released a strong promotion, oddly called “The Happiness Fund”.  Basically for every transatlantic round-trip flight you take with British Airways, American Airlines, or Iberia from now until May 31, 2013, you earn 20,000 bonus Avios points.  You must credit the flights to British Airways.  Registration is here: register.

In their words:

Book a qualifying, round-trip, transatlantic flight in any cabin* and fly as an Executive Club member between now and May 31, 2013, for 20,000 bonus Avios on every round-trip. And when you book and fly five round-trips, you can claim an extra 100,000. In other words, there are 200,000 bonus Avios with your name on them!

If you already have the British Airways credit card, this is a great promotion to get more miles.  For example, only 4500 Avios is required for non-stop economy flights on American airlines or other partners.  My in-laws just booked Lima – Cuzco round-trip on LAN using British Airways miles for only 9000 Avios round trip!  This would normally be a $600 flight.

I am surprised they allow this for American or Iberia flights beyond just British Airways flights.

Ben at One Mile at a Time has recently performed an analysis and values Avios at $0.011 (1.1 cents) per Avios.  Thus these bonus miles are “worth” roughly $220.  Not a bad promotion, and may make mileage runs more worth it for Oneworld Alliance folks.



British Airways Avios Website Glitch – Cusco, Peru (CUZ) Not Showing Up

This morning I was trying to book an award ticket for my mother-in-law to fly from Lima to Cusco and back in August so she could go to Macchu Picchu.  Normally, this is a $300 each way flight, so it is a tremendous value at 4,500 British Airways Avios per person.  She got 50,000 Avios just for getting the British Airways credit card!

Nevertheless, when you type in Cuzco to Lima one way in their search, the website returns all the valid flights.


Search from Cusco to Limaa2


And you get valid results.  However, if you type in Lima to Cuzco (as below), it says it can’t find Cuzco and gives you the option of Chico California or somewhere in Greece.


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I called British Airways to try and book this on the phone, however since I am not an authorized user on her account (yet), they wouldn’t work with me.  I then asked to be transferred to their website IT support desk to report the issue and to see if there was a workaround.  The (surly) agent noted that there was not an IT support desk and he has noted the issue for management to resolve.  I highly doubt he noted it.  He was not a sympathetic agent.

In any case, for those of you trying to get to Cuzco, you may have to call until they fix this issue.