Avios Bonuses, Flying Blue Promos, and More!

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Avios Bonuses, Flying Blue Promos, and More!

Hello, Adventurous Travellers, and Happy Sunday!

Before you go into relaxation mode, you should be aware of some fantastic deals and emerging news stories.

Let's get started:

  • British Airways American Express Welcome Bonus Offer: Earn 60,000 Avios

  • Fewer Points Needed on Lots of Economy Routes with Emirates: Reduced points required for many routes starting June 1st.

  • Qantas and British Airways to Join the OneWorld Upgrades Program: Use Avios and Qantas Points for upgrades across OneWorld airlines.

  • June 2024 Flying Blue Promos: Up to 25% off reward tickets for various destinations.

British Airways American Express Welcome Bonus Offer - 60,000 Avios

Don't miss the 60,000 Avios Welcome Bonus from the British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card.

This offer is exclusive to British Airways Executive Club Members who apply through this link.

What can 60,000 Avios get you?

  • One-way off-peak flight upgrade from World Traveller Plus to Club World for 24,000 Avios.

  • Peak economy flight from Heathrow to Ibiza for 12,750 Avios + 50p.

  • Return flight to Istanbul in Club Europe for 39,000 Avios + £35.

To be eligible for the Welcome Bonus, you must spend £3,000 in the first three months. This is enough for a return flight to over 175 destinations.

Collect 1.5 Avios for every £1 spent on purchases and 3 Avios for every £1 spent directly with British Airways.

Spend £10,000 in a year to receive a Companion Voucher, allowing you to book a reward flight for two for 50% fewer Avios. This applies to any cabin, including Business and First.

The card has a representative APR of 139.9%, an annual fee of £300, and an assumed borrowing limit of £1,200.

If the Premium Plus Card isn't right for you, there's also an offer on the British Airways American Express® Credit Card: You can get 7,000 bonus Avios when you spend £1,000 in the first three months.

TIP: Remember that British Airways Reward seats are released 355 days before travel at midnight. Book as soon as possible if you're planning to fly a popular route or during peak season.

Fewer Points Needed on Lots of Economy Routes with Emirates

Emirates has just reduced the points needed for many Economy and Premium Economy routes from 1st June. If you're thinking of booking using Skyaward Miles, make sure you check your route!

Remember, you can start using points towards your flight cost at 5,000 miles and upgrade your seat at 7,020 miles!

You can now also choose Saver Fares for one-way rewards!

Skyaward Miles and Tier Miles will also be adjusted on Premium Economy and Economy flights with Emirates and flydubai.

Qantas and British Airways to Join the OneWorld Upgrades Program

You will soon able to use Avios and Qantas Points to upgrade to premium economy, business, and first-class seats on other OneWorld airlines. This will make Qantas Points and Avios even more valuable.

Oneworld CEO Nat Pieper announced that this expansion will allow frequent flyers to use their points for upgrades across member airlines, although a full alliance-wide upgrade system is not yet achievable.

The program will initially focus on reciprocal partnerships. Currently, American Airlines AAdvantage members can use their miles for upgrades on Qantas flights, and soon, Qantas Points will be usable for upgrades on American-operated flights.

British Airways and Iberia are also nearing a similar partnership, allowing BA Executive Club and Iberia Plus members to use Avios for upgrades on both airlines.

This initiative aims to facilitate cross-airline upgrades among other Avios-using Oneworld members like Finnair and Qatar Airways. However, each airline will determine its exchange rates and upgrade eligibility criteria.

We don't yet know when the Qantas-American or BA-Iberia upgrades will be launched or how many points will be needed, but we will keep you updated.

However, Oneworld's Customer Experience chief Gerhard Girkinger emphasised the importance of cross-airline upgrades in enhancing customer experience, although the system will start on a smaller scale and expand over time.

June 2024 Flying Blue Promos

Flying Blue offers unique monthly promos, and June is no exception. For bookings made this month with travel by 30th November 2024, you can enjoy up to 25% off reward tickets to various destinations.

Economy Long-Haul Flights Starting at 15,000 Miles:

  • Boston

  • Washington

  • Houston

  • Phoenix

  • Seattle

Economy Awards Starting at 5,625 Miles:

  • Amsterdam to Berlin, Dublin, Rome, and Vienna.

  • Paris to Stockholm, Billund, Clermont-Ferrand, Düsseldorf, Montpellier, Nice, and Oslo.

Long-Haul Destinations Starting at 18,750 Miles:

  • Aruba

  • Bonaire

  • Havana

  • Shanghai

  • San Jose

New promo reward tickets are released on the first weekday of each month. They allow you to book flights on Air France and KLM, including connections via Paris or Amsterdam.

To book your reward tickets, visit the Air France or KLM booking tool, sign into your account, and use your miles for these fantastic offers.

Don't miss out on these great deals to make the most of your Flying Blue miles!

Final Words

Hopefully, you'll be able to take advantage of some of these amazing promos.

Safe travels, and always aim for the upgrade!

Bye for now!

Jack @ Smart With Points

📌 Bangkok, Thailand

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