How to Get Free British Airways Miles Just for Asking Nicely

by on April 19, 2011 · 4 comments

in British Airways, Chase

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Many of you signed up for the BA card with the 50,000 point bonus, so you aren’t eligible for the current showstopping 100,000 mile bonanza. However, there are two ways you can get more miles if you’ve recently signed up for the card:

1) If you got the BA Visa within the past 60 days, you can call Chase and ask them to give you the 100,000k bonus. As long as you are within 60 days, they shouldn’t give you any problems.
2) If you got your BA card more than 60 days ago, consider the following technique a savvy TPG reader emailed me. I’ve talked about the concept of “emailing for points” in the past and it generally yields positive results. In the end, you risk nothing by asking.

“I got in on the 50K offer for the BA card from Chase a few months ago, & decided to call Chase to see if they would give me an additional 50k (the difference between the new offer & the old offer of 50k). The representative declined, as she said I had applied for the card over 60 days ago (their cut off period for awarding additional miles). When I told her that I was thinking of canceling my card, she transferred me to their retention dept., where they gave me an additional 25K just to keep my account open. So, although I didn’t get the full 50K I was hoping for, I think the 25K was a generous offer & worth the 5 minute phone call.”

I certainly agree . 25k BA miles is enough for an American Airlines domestic roundtrip coach award – for 5 minutes of your time!

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  • Jeff Levy

    I’m in exactly the same position, having applied for my BA card less than 60 days ago and received the 50K mile bonus. I called Chase just now and the rep told me that they are prohibited by the “Card Act” from giving me the 100K mile bonus because the “Card Act” prohibits them from changing their marketing offers after the card is issued. I told him that didn’t make sense, that I was sure the “Card Act” only prohibits them from making the offer worse, but he wouldn’t hear of it. When I told him I was considering canceling the card, he said “sure, I can cancel it right now if you want me to.” No retention efforts made. Very unimpressed with Chase.

  • Minerva

    Email them thru their secure message center…it worked for me!

  • Sheehan Alam

    I just signed up for this card and got approved, its coming in the mail this week. Will I still be eligible for the extra 50K miles for spending $2.5K in the next two months?

  • Eugene

    I had a horrible time last time they had the 100,000 mile offer dealing with Chase. My wife’s application went in a couple of days after mine, and I spent hours on the phone with them until they finally relented and let her have the same bonus on her card as I was able to get.

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