Using British Airways Bonus Miles for Domestic Travel

British Airways Chase Visa

Earlier this month, I pointed out a 100k mile bonus for signing up for the Chase British Airways Visa Card. This is a pretty generous offer, in that you can immediately trade those miles for a pair of Transatlantic flights. But what if you don’t want to leave the country?

As it turns out, you can use British Airways miles to book reward travel on their domestic partner, American Airlines. In other words, you can use those bonus miles for up to four domestic tickets.

Here’s how it works: Go to the British Airways website and start looking for flights. When trying to book a reward flight, they will search for BA flights first, but will give you the option of including partner airlines if you search for domestic flights. Do so, and you’ll be able to book available “MileSAAver” fares in lower 48 for 25k BA miles + a $5 booking fee (or fewer miles plus a higher fee).

That’s it. To take advantage of this deal, apply for the card, get approved (= 50k miles) and spend $2500 within the first three months (= another 50k miles, for a total of 100k). Yes, there’s an annual fee of $95, but you also get a free companion voucher if you spend over $30k with your card in a year.

Hat tip to MyMoneyBlog for figuring this out.

3 Responses to “Using British Airways Bonus Miles for Domestic Travel”

  1. Anonymous

    The only problem is that you can only get MilesSaaver awards, which are pretty hard to come by…

    I am still thinking about doing this. Even if we pay the exhorbitant “taxes and fees” to book a ticket on BA, we’d be getting a mid-3-figure return on the credit report/score hit.

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