My last post gave you the link for the Chase British Airways credit card earning 100,000 miles after $2,500 in purchases on the card and paying the annual fee of $95. It is a great deal if you have flexibility in your travel dates. To avoid the huge BA fees, it is best to use the miles on partner airlines. One of British Airways partners is American Airlines. I have two trips planned this year using BA miles to fly on American.
In October my husband and I will be using 35,000 BA miles each to fly from Philadelphia to Maui with a stop in each direction in Dallas. We were permitted to stop and stay overnight in each direction without any extra fees. The total taxes and fees for both of our round trip flights was $20.00.
Yesterday I booked our trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We needed to be flexible with our dates. Only business class was available for our flight to Buenos Aires. In November will be flying through Miami and spending a few days in South Beach, Florida before we leave for Argentina. The taxes and fees for the two of us to fly were $133 and we used 120,000 miles to fly on American Airlines using BA miles. When I tried to book this trip online I kept getting a message to call British Airways, so the fees for booking with a live agent were waived.
What was surprising is that American wanted 10,000 more miles for each of us to use America miles in business class on an American Airlines flight than British Airways required for the same flight. Business class on American required 50,000 miles per person each way. Instead we used 40,000 BA miles per person each way for the same flight in business class saving us a total of 20,000 miles. For our return flights we used 20,000 BA miles each for our economy class tickets.
Both AA and BA permit you to book one way awards, so if you do not have enough miles for a round trip or you get a great price one way, you do have options with both airlines. BA also offers cash and miles options requiring more money and allows you to use less miles.
I used 120,000 miles for our trip to Argentina and 70,000 miles to fly to Hawaii. If both you and your significant other apply for the BA Visa and each get 100,000 miles, you will have enough miles for trips like these too.