British Airways Is Offering Double Avios Across Its Network (Not For Accounts In North America)

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In news that has me seriously considering moving my British Airways Executive Club account to an address outside of North America, British Airways has announced that it is offering Double Avios on all BA marketed flights between 11 October and 31 December 2017….as long as your BAEC account isn’t registered in the US, Canada, Mexico or South Africa.

Importantly, for those who are not excluded from this promotion, the double Avios offer applies to flights booked with a BA flight number so this includes all flights on partner airlines (American, Finnair and Iberia) as long as the fare is purchased through BA.

All fares across all cabins are eligible for the double Avios offer so as long as your BAEC account isn’t registered in North America or South Africa you shouldn’t have trouble earning double Avios.

Headline Terms & Conditions:

  • Registration is required via this BA webpage
  • Travelers need to “register, book and travel by 31 December to collect double Avios”
  • Double Avios can be earned on up to eight sectors
  • Double Avios will be earned “on new flights only, booked after registration and flown before 31 December 2017″
  • Double Avios will be awarded before any cabin or tier bonuses on all tickets except reward flights.
  • British Airways Executive Club accounts based in the US, Canada, Mexico and South Africa are excluded from this promotion

The wording of the terms & conditions very clearly rules out any existing bookings so this promotion applies to new bookings only.

Be Careful!

Frequent flyers need to be careful before jumping in and registering for this promotion.

The terms and conditions state that double Avios will only be earned on up to 8 sectors so, if you’re booking a lot of sectors though BA in the promotion period you should make sure you register strategically.

Here’s an example of what I mean.

Let’s assume a flyer plans on booking the following trips:

  1. London – Paris – London (2 sector trip)
  2. London – Amsterdam – London (2 sector trip)
  3. London – Hong Kong – London (2 sector trip)
  4. London – Paris – London (2 sector trip)
  5. London – Singapore – London (2 sector trip)
  6. London – Frankfurt – London (2 sector trip)

If this traveler was to register immediately he/she would only earn double Avios on the first 8 sectors he/she flys and that would mean missing out on double Avios on the Singapore trip.

Ideally the traveler should hold off from registering for the double Avios promotion until after trip #2 as the 8 sectors flown in trips 3 – 6 will all earn more Avios than the sectors in trips 1 & 2.

It can actually get more complicated than this because the cabin you’re flying in will also have an effect on how many Avios you’ll earn so you should make sure you factor that in when working out which sectors will earn you the most Avios.

Bottom Line

This is a great promotion for all of you with accounts based outside North American and South Africa (i.e not me!) and you should make sure you make the most of it.

Before you register for this promotion you should plan out your trips (as best you can) and work out the optimal time to register based on the distances and cabins you’ll be flying – that’s the best way to make sure you earn as many Avios out of this promotion as possible.