Charles and Basil both point me to a new offer from British Airways for discounted award redemption. (You’ll need to log in to your BA account to see the details.)
Book award travel by August 12 for travel complete by August 3, 2012 and get a 50% discount on economy, premium economy, and intra-European business class mileage required. This only applies to redemptions on BA mainline metal. International business class and first class are unfortunately not eligible for the discount.
Unfortunately, since you have to fly BA metal only, you’re going to be paying BA fuel surcharges (in addition to other taxes). Which, to my mind, are generally worthwhile when redeeming for premium cabins especially given BA’s generous availability. But that reduce the value of BA awards for coach travel.
Still, a BA transatlantic coach award say from Los Angeles to Germany via London would run 25,000 miles roundtrip under this offer, provided you can find the space (I often find coach harder to get than business or especially first). So it’s still a pretty good deal.
Basil asks, “not sure if stackable with 2 for 1 cert.” What I think he’s wondering is if you have a two-for-one redemption certificate that comes from spending $30,000 in a year on the British Airways Visa from Chase, can you use it? And the answer would appear to be no.
This promotion may be used in conjunction with the BA American Express companion voucher and including Gold Upgrade for two vouchers but cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or deal including but without limitation to (i) discount coupons or vouchers, (ii) special offers by BA or jointly with any other organisation, or (iii) bonus, awards, or certificates.
If you took advantage of the American Express 50% transfer bonus to British Airways in June and July, you could wind up with a roundtrip economy to Europe for 17,000 Amex points. Or this may be a reasonable use of some of those 100,000 mile credit card signup bonuses y’all have sitting in your accounts.