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2,000 Free British Airway Avios (12,000 Avios If You Are Willing To Do Some Work!)

Update: FFU reader Amit found an active link to the survey that will get you another 1,000 miles!

Link to Survey

While I suspect most United States based readers of FFU are primarily members of Domestic based loyalty programs like United, American, Delta, for the sake of flexibility, it is always smart to be a member of a few international loyalty programs.

For example, in addition to the above programs, I am also a member of British Airways, Air Canada, BMI, Air France, Jet Airways, ANA, and Kingfisher. It isn’t because I ever fly these airlines; rather because in the past there have been lucrative promotions that compel me to sign up for these programs!

This was the case with BMI. A few years ago, there was a 5,000 mile sign up bonus for BMI. Although I had no plans to credit any miles to BMI,  those 5,000 miles + $50 would be enough for a domestic award flight if I ever needed to fly between any 2 cities in Europe.

Fast-forward to 2012 and BMI is getting bought by British Airways. Similar to the Continental / United merger, any miles in BMI should eventually be credited over to British Airways Avios program!

Those 5,000 BMI miles that have been sitting in my account for over 3 years now are suddenly actually useful!

If you don’t have a BMI account, you can make one here and get 1,000 BMI miles for signing up.

Once the merger between BMI and British Airways is complete, your 1,000 BMI miles should become 1,000 British Airways Avios! According to terms and conditions, the 1,000 Avois will post within 28 days of opening the account.

Once you have your BMI account, take this survey and get another 1,000 miles. The survey takes all of 1 minute to complete. Survey from miles should post within 40 days.

Link to Survey

Now here is where it gets interesting!

BMI and British Airways both allow for household accounts. If you are not familiar with household accounts, essentially it is a pool of all your family’s miles in one account (ie central bank account). For example: If 5 of your family members only have 5,000 miles each in their accounts, those miles are kind of useless. However with a household account, you can pool all those miles into one account, so now you have 25,000 miles all in one place. Extremely useful!

For this BMI promotion, if you had a “family” that all had different email addresses but the same mailing address, you could hypothetically sign up them up for a new BMI account and get 1,000 miles per an account, then take the survey and get another 1,000 miles.

When the merger between BMI & British Airways is complete, you should once again be able to link all the “family” accounts back together.

From my research, British Airways allows a maximum of 6 “family” members in a household account.

Also to avoid having any issues creating a household account, I suggest using a common last name and a common mailing address when creating “family” members for a household account.

I had problems in the past transferring miles between Starwood accounts when both accounts didn’t have a common last name.

1,000 BMI Miles + 1,000 Miles From The Survey X 6 New Accounts = 12,000 Free British Airway Avios

-Parag

 

American Airlines Business ExtrAA Program

A few months ago, Gary from View From The Wing had posted an offer through AA’s Business ExtrAA program for Free American Airlines Gold Status after only one round trip flight.

Although I typically don’t fly AA unless it is on an Award Ticket, I do own a business and it was hard to pass up such an awesome offer, so I signed up for the program!

For those of you not familiar with American Airline’s Business ExtrAA program, essentially it is a loyalty program for Small Businesses. AA wants Small Businesses to fly exclusively with them.  In exchange for that loyalty, AA gives the company “points” based on how much revenue they spend. The company can then use these “points” for free flights for their employees or other perks. These “points” are on top of any miles that the employees earn for flying AA, so it is a win-win for both employees and the employers.

The cool thing about Business ExtrAA is that you don’t even have to be a business to sign up. So if you ever fly AA, I strongly suggest you sign up below so you can earn even more miles when you book your flights.

As a Business ExtrAA member, your company may earn Business ExtrAA points each time you fly on American Airlines, American Eagle® or AmericanConnection® carriers using an eligible ticket. Your company will receive one point for each $10 you spend to fly on published fares during the month. Your company will earn double credit for every eligible itinerary that originates from one of over 200 airports [excludes Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Miami (MIA)]. American will calculate your company’s flown revenue to determine the number of points to be placed into your company’s Business ExtrAA account. There is no limit to the number of points your company can earn!

I found an 500 point offer for signing up with Business ExtrAA. If that link below doesn’t work, try using code FLYAA. 500 points is the equivalent of 6,250 free miles! If you have a better sign up offer, please leave a comment.

Remember it is free to sign up, you can still use whatever credit card you want to pay for your flight, and you still earn miles on your AA flights!

Link To 500 Point Sign Up

Anyways, I hadn’t paid any real attention to the Business Extra’s program until I got this offer in my Inbox.

2,000 “points” = AA Round Trip Saver Award Ticket, so doing this promotion will get me 1,000 “points” which is half way to a free Domestic Saver Ticket.

Also the “points” earned via Business ExtrAA can be redeemed for Flight Upgrades, Admiral Club Memberships, and even Gold Status for 2,400 points.

 

The offer is “targeted” but there is no code mentioned or a unique link, so I am fairly certain this is open to anyone. Link is below for the 1,000 point offer.

Link To 1,00 Point Offer

Thanks,

Parag