Update 3/2 at 8PM CST: The Match.com deal looks like it’s dead but the eHarmony offer for 130 miles per dollar still looks like it is live.
This deal, discovered by the Frequent Miler and implemented by OMAAT, involves signing up for the dating website Match.com through the British Airways shopping portal. Right now, they are running a special promotion where you can earn 150 Avios per dollar spent! That’s right, 150 per dollar spent.
This is a ridiculous promotion and one that I’d consider to truly be “hack worthy” given the potential return in value. If you follow the steps in the OMAAT article above, you’ll be able to earn over 82,000 Avios! That’s a lot of Avios and you could utilize them in a number of different ways.
Avios are excellent for short-haul flights around the US/Mexico/and Caribbean, flights from the west coast to Hawaii, economy flights from the East Coast to Europe, and other intra-continent flights around the world in places like South America and Australia. Read more about British Airways sweet spots here.
They can also present a lot of value for certain business class routes.
I suggest reading my article on using Iberia Avios to get to Europe in business class and you’ll see that you could get roundtrip in business class to Madrid from Boston, New York, and even Chicago for as little as 68,000 Avios.
Other popular redemptions might be a round trip on Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to the Maldives for 75,000 Avios.
For some longer business class routes, the cost of Avios will be higher, but there’s still a lot of value to be had. For example, you could transfer your Avios to Iberia and for 62,000 Iberia Avios book a flight from from Hong Kong to Sydney one way on Cathay Pacific, which Google Flights has posted as nearly $5,000. You could then grab a single Alaska card (with 30,000 sign up bonus) and you’d have enough to make it a round trip in business class.
Personally, I like to stick to the shorter flights (below 4,000 miles) for business class redemptions on Avios but that just goes to show you that there are tons of possibilities.
There are reports from the past of others having trouble getting British Airways to honor these promotions but many times those involved typos or some other type of suspect offer where you’d expect to run into some trouble when trying to redeem. In this case, the promotion has been running for some time at the previous level of 75 Avios per dollar spent so I don’t have any reason to suspect this is some type of error.
There is always that risk that you may have to fight for your points, though. Personally, I’m not too worried because when I encounter situations like that it takes about .2 seconds for me to hit them with a legal demand letter via certified mail for deceptive trade practices which has been effective in pretty much every situation like that that I’ve found myself in. (If this happens to you, you can always consider contacting me and I can see what I can do for you.)
Anyway, I’ve been doing this long enough to know a great deal when I see one, despite a certain level of risk or potential headache that I might run into in a few weeks if my posts don’t atomically appear.
Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned travel expert covering destinations along with TSA, airline, and hotel policies. Since 2014, his content has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, and CNBC.