Brussels Airlines American Express: 12,000 bonus miles!

UPDATE OCTOBER 2014: THIS OFFER IS STILL VALID!
Brussels Airlines American Express welcome bonus 12000 miles
Brussels Airlines is relaunching its Miles & More credit cards with a very attractive limited time offer: double sign-up bonus for friend referrals. To receive a personalized sign-up link for this offer, please complete the form below.
Brussels Airlines Preferred American Express Credit Card

  • Brussels Airlines Preferred American Express (€120 annual fee)
    Sign-up bonus: 6000 miles (instead of 3000 miles)

Brussels Airlines Premium American Express Credit Card

  • Brussels Airlines Premium American Express (€150 annual fee)
    Sign-up bonus: 12000 miles (instead of 6000 miles)

Pay your cellphone bill with Brussels Airlines American Express Extra Bonus 2000 miles

  • Pay your cellphone bills with Brussels Airlines American Express
    Extra bonus: 2000 miles (one time)

Earning airline miles is not limited to flying, you can earn miles with almost anything these days. One of the easiest ways to earn extra miles is signing up for a credit card. You will receive a number of miles just for signing up for the card and you will get 1,25 or 1,5 miles per euro spent. American Express also provides a bonus when you spend a certain amount in one year. Unfortunately, the number of credit cards earning airline miles is very limited in Belgium. Still, they can offer you a great opportunity to travel the world in luxury on a budget. For Belgian residents, the credit card offers are limited to one program, Miles and More of the Lufthansa group. Miles of this program can be used to book (and upgrade) flights of any Star Alliance carrier.
Brussels Airlines Preferred American Express Credit Card details
Brussels Airlines Premium American Express Credit Card details
Brussels Airlines American Express conditions
Brussels Airlines offers three Miles and More credit cards: the Preferred MasterCard, the Preferred American Express and the Premium American Express. I don’t detail the MasterCard in this posts as it comes with only 2000 welcome miles. I signed-up for the Brussels Airlines Preferred American Express Card back in 2008 and switched to the Premium American Express card in 2011 earning me a total of more than 400,000 miles! The key to earning the maximum amount of miles is to pay as much as possible with your credit card. Pay all your bills and purchases (both online and offline) with your credit card, every euro counts! Shopping (including groceries), dining, gas, electronics, hotels, airline tickets, … almost everything! Some payments might even result in an extra bonus. Example: Paying your cellphone bills with your Brussels Airlines American Express card gets you 2000 bonus miles!
The yearly fee also includes a number of insurances:
Brussels Airlines American Express insurance package travel protection overview
Full details of the Brussels Airlines Preferred and Premium American Express insurances.
How much are those miles worth?
It all depends on what you spend them. In my opinion, only long-haul Business Class and First Class flights are worth spending miles on. These allow you to maximize the value of your miles as Business Class flights easily cost >€2000 and First Class flights >€8000. Airline loyalty programs will do everything to make you spend your miles on less valuable options e.g. use miles to buy goodies in their online shop, book hotel nights or rent a car. You really don’t want to do that! Miles and More is currently selling miles with a 20% bonus, which is still way too expensive, but it gives you an idea how they value the miles.
Miles and More Buy Miles
Signing up for the Brussels Airlines Premium American Express earns you 12,000 miles which are being sold for €245 by Lufthansa.
Miles and More Buy Miles with bonus
Include the 2000 extra miles you get for paying your cellphone bill with American Express, and you have 14,000 miles which are being sold for ~€290!
How do I maximize the number of miles earned?
I would recommend to sign-up for the Brussels Airlines Premium American Express card now to get the 12000 miles. Complete the form to pay your cellphone bill with the card and earn an additional 2000 miles. Next year, you could cancel the Premium card and switch to the Preferred card. You would earn the sign-up bonus again (this time for the Preferred card, which is 6000 miles via the friend referral) and you would earn another 2000 miles when you register to have your cellphone bills paid with the Preferred card. That’s 22,000 miles in one year, just by signing up for these cards!

What are the pitfalls?

  • The annual fees of the Brussels Airlines American Express cards are high (€120/€150). You might want to consider canceling your card after you collected all the sign-up bonuses.
  • American Express cards have a high conversion fee (2,5%) for non-euro payments. Use your Brussels Airlines American Express cards for euro payments only. For non-euro payments, I recommend the BKCP Visa card. See all details in our Credit Cards for Belgian Travellers post.

I’m not yet a Miles and More member, where do I sign-up?
You can enroll at the Miles and More website.

To receive a personalized sign-up link with double welcome bonus, please complete the form below.


Full disclosure: By signing up for the Brussels Airlines American Express card using my personalized link, I will receive bonus miles (friend referral program).  Thank you for supporting my travel blog and enjoy your double sign-up bonus!

22 Comments on “Brussels Airlines American Express: 12,000 bonus miles!

  1. Pingback: Credit Cards for Belgian Travellers: In-Depth Review | bart.la

  2. Bart, hoe creeer je zo’n friend referral link? Ik heb dankzij jouw link vorig jaar een amex card, en zou nu graag zelf iemand referren

    • Thomas, I expect Alpha Card (the issuer of the Brussels Airlines credit cards) to send out a mass mail to its existing Brussels Airlines American Express credit card holders about the ‘member get member’ referral program in the near future.

  3. Bart,
    do I need to sign up with the “Membership Rewards – Classic” program by AmEx to earn my 1.5 miles/1€ spent? (It costs a yearly 18.50€…)

    • Hi SirBotex,

      The Membership Rewards program is the loyalty program that comes with American Express cards which are not airline branded. You can collect Membership Rewards points with those cards. The Brussels Airlines American Express cards are not part of the Membership Rewards program as you earn miles with the Brussels Airlines American Express card. So you don’t have to sign-up for the Membership Rewards program if you use the Brussels Airlines cards. Hope this answers your questions. Thanks.

  4. Bart,

    i received email that it will no longer be possible to buy awardmiles after june 2014. Is it interesting to buy award miles now as a last opportunity? Or is price too high(also 20% extra miles at purchase). How long are bought miles valid anyway ?
    I do not plan a trip before 2015-2016 as i am trying to gather many miles through my AEX(which is not easy btw)

    • Hi Geert, I would recommend not to buy miles. Only do it to top off account for award redemption. Lufthansa created a separate company for the Miles and More program, which might be the reason why they will no longer sell miles. Option might return. As long as you have a Miles and More credit card (and use it at least once a month) your miles will not expire.

  5. Hi Bart,
    I recieved my AmEx Card yesterday, I started using it immediately :-)
    2 more questions:
    * when can I expect the 12 000 bonus Miles in my M&M account?
    * when are Miles earned by paying with the AmEx Card put in the M&M account? Monthly after paying the AmEx bill, or immediately after using the card?
    Thx
    Stijn

    • Hi Stijn, miles are posted at the end of the billing cycle, even before you’ve settled your balance. It might take up to 2 months for the first miles to post (incl. 12K bonus), but as of then, every 30 days your miles should appear in your Miles & More account.

  6. Does anyone have any experience with combining two miles and more accounts as a couple? Lets say I am collecting way more points than my wife, and we want to travel together. We both need 50000 miles for a reward flight, I have 80000 in my account and my wife 20000. Can we combine these two to buy the two reward tickets? If that’s the case, it makes sense for both of us to have an amex credit card

  7. Hi Bart, any chance current cardholders can take advantage of this: ie. ‘upgrading’ from the classic to the new preferred card? If so: cancel the classic first and then re-apply, or apply first and cancel the classic later?

    • Hi Tijl, sure! You can apply for the Premium Amex card and receive 12K miles! I would recommend to request the card first (no issue to have both cards at the same time) and cancel the classic card afterwards. Reason: you want to avoid having your request denied while you already cancelled your classic card. Note: Your yearly fee of the classic card will be refunded for the remaining months you had paid for. (will be credited to the card)

  8. Hi Bart,
    Thx for the referral, applied 26/7, card in mail 4/8! Let the miles flow! I keep thinking: if only I knew about this x time ago :)
    Cheers,
    Olivier

  9. Dear Bart,

    Last year I applied for a BA premium AMEX via your referral. As the card is coming close to its expiry date, I will have to make decision soon. If I don’t do anything it will be prolonged, but in that case there are no extra miles.
    In your knowledge, is it possible to apply again for a premium card via your referral or should I change this year to the preferred card?

    Regards,

    Thomas

  10. Hi Bart, I have applied for the BrusselsAirlines Premium Amex through your referral and got the miles credited today but only half of them. 6000 instead of 12000. How is on your side? Have you got miles? I have sent a mail to M&M hope to get a feedback. I will keep you posted. Thanks

    • Hi Giuseppe, thank you for your message. Miles & More is not responsible for the bonus, the card issuer ‘Alpha Card’ is. Please give them a call at +3226762666. Feel free to email me at bart@bart.la in case you have any issues. Thank you.

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