How You Can Pick Up an Easy 200,000 Miles for American Airlines

How You Can Pick Up an Easy 200,000 Miles for American Airlines

Would you like to get 200,000 American Airline miles for free? If your answer is "yes" (and really, who scoffs at free miles?) then the somewhat-surprising source of free AA flights is this Chase British Airways Visa.

Book American Airlines flights with British Airways miles

Strange, but true: British Airway Avios take you further in America. Image by curimedia. Some rights reserved.

If you meet the maximum spend requirements, you can earn 100,000 Avios (that's the BA term for miles). You get 50,000 just for signing up and making your first purchase. Earn 25K more when you spend $10,000 in your first year and an additional 25K when your total spend is $20,000 in the first year. Because American Airlines is a British Airways partner, you are able to book award flights on AA using your Avios. The best part here is that your Avios are worth more than standard AA miles when you redeem them, especially when it comes to short-haul flights. Any AA flight under 650 miles costs 4,500 Avios versus 12,500 AA miles.  For flights under 1,151 miles, it is 7,500 Avios versus 12,500 AA miles.

R/T Flight Redeem 195,000 American Airlines Miles for: Redeem 91,000 British Airways Avios for:
Chicago to Cleveland 12,500 each segment
25,000 total
4,500 each segment
9,000 total
Chicago to Orlando 12,500 each segment
25,000 total
7,500 each segment
15,000 total
LA to Las Vegas 12,500 each segment
25,000 total
4,500 each segment
9,000 total
LA to Cabo San Lucas 17,500 each segment
35,000 total
7,500 each segment
15,000 total
LA to Hawaii 17,500 each segment
35,000 total
12,500 each segment
25,000 total
New York to Toronto 12,500 per segment
25,000 total
4,500 per segment
9,000 total
New York to Charlotte 12,500 per segment
25,000 total
4,500 per segment
9,000 total

As these breakdowns show, you can get a lot further with your Avios on AA than you can with standard AA miles. Using BA Avios on these domestic flights is one of our favorite ways to use Avios, because you can skip the pricey fuel surcharges that come with a cross-Atlantic flight.

Can't figure out how to book AA award flights via BA? We've got you covered!

  • Go to the BA Executive Club Enrollment page and sign up for a free account.
  • Log in to your account, which will take you to the Account page.
  • Enter your flight search information in the "Create a Trip" box on the left side of the page. Under "Payment Type," select "Pay with Avios." Click "Get Flights."
  • Click the "Include Partners" link on the next page to view available flights.

This is the direct link to the Chase BA Visa Application.

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