British Airways Visa 100,000 Mile Sign-Up Bonus Ends on Friday

by on May 1, 2011 · 14 comments

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Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios with $2,000 spend in the first 3 months.

Just a friendly reminder that one of the most lucrative credit card deals ever will end on Friday. It’s been hugely successful, so I doubt it will be extended, but you never know. If you haven’t gotten in already for whatever reason, I highly recommend you apply sooner than later (and I’d appreciate if you use my application link).

If you want to educate yourself on how to use British Airways miles, I’ve written a series of posts to help explain the offer so you can take full advantage of it. Since there’s still time left, if you want me to do another post on any aspect of the card or British Airways, please comment below and I’ll do my best to either address your question in the comments section or write a dedicated post about the topic.

Original post describing the card with lengthy Q&A in comments, direct application link
Getting Approved for the Chase British Airways Visa
General tips on Using BA Miles
Post 1 – Booking BA Awards
Post 2 – Booking Partner Awards
Post 3 – Oneworld Alliance
Post 4 – Taxes and Fees
Post 5 – Household Accounts
Post 6 – Companion Ticket
Post 7 – Using ExpertFlyer for Partner Award Availability
Post 8 – The Art of the Stopover
Post 9- Leveraging Miles and Cash Redemptions

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  • Lisa

    Can this be used for domestic flights instead of international? And does it have to be from a HUB? So let’s say from Portland, OR to Orlando would require a layover in LAX. Would the points work for the whole thing or just from HUB to HUB?


  • The Points Guy

    Hi Lisa- these miles can be used for any American Airlines saaver award ticket. So, you don’t just need to go hub-hub, you can start and end anywhere American flies and the great thing is that coach domestic awards are only 25,000 miles for coach and have low fees ($5ish)

  • Global Explat

    Super helpful series Brian. Sorry- I signed up for this card already, but will definitely make sure I use some of your links for future deals. I’ve been following a handful of travel bloggers for some time now, and your content is very impressive. Thanks. Keep it up!

  • Glenn

    it’s taking quite a while to get my card. I apply a couple of weeks ago. Called after 1 week to check on my status. The rep I talked to suggested moving some credit line from my UA MP card which had an enormous (and basically unused) credit limit. I agreed to do that, but he told me he was unable to approve me himself and that “another pair of eyes” would have to take a look. I noticed yesterday on the online accounts page that the UA credit limit has been reduced the amount I agreed to, so I am assuming that means I have finally been approved. But no email confirmation of that or any other communication has been received. Ultimately I had decided that if it didn’t come through this time it wouldn’t be the end of the world. Since this promo has been so successful twice I assume it will be offered again at some point.

    Now that I have the 2 new AA cards and that 150K+ miles, a new US MasterCard with the 35K bonus plus I bought miles from them when they had that giant bonus promo going on. So I have a lot of miles there. Plus 50K for the CO card and the 53K+ miles I already had with UA. So I have been doing pretty well lately with of these free or cheap miles. I’m pretty excited about trying to figure out the best way to use these miles. I usually make 1 big trip each year to SE Asia. Those 1-way awards might come in handy.

    I figure a couple of the best aspects of the BA card are the 1.25 miles per $1 spend and no foreign transaction fees. So this may well end up being my daily go-to card. Or I might just stick with the SPG Amex since it also basically earns 1.25 miles per $ with their transfer bonus.

  • Steve G

    Thanks for the reminder! Posted here: via your application link!

  • John

    Thanks again for all the help. I just wanted to check if you could get two one-way One Partner Award tickets and pay the same price as a round trip. So if I wanted to go on Cathay Pacific from New York, could I get a one-way ticket from NYC to Delhi (going west) with a bunch of stopovers for 40,000 miles, and then another ticket from Delhi to New York (going west again) for 40,000 miles, maybe with FinnAir or BA?

  • Rick Ingersoll

    Brian: Don’t forget to catch up with me re: moderating a seminar at the Chicago Seminars this fall. I’m sure your readers would enjoy the event.


  • tom

    Hi, I got this card last time the 100,000 bonus was offered can I get this bonus too?

  • Glenn

    T&C say it is for first time cardholders only. Anecdotal evidence on FT indicates that Chase has been very aggressive in weeding out those who have already collected the bonus on the previous offer(s).

  • Jim

    Got my card about 5 days ago and have used it several times, but no miles have posted to my BAEC account yet. Should I call BA or give it a few more days?

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  • The Points Guy

    @John- breaking that into two one ways could essentially give you a round the world. Rmemeber though, if you book on BA it willbe 45k one way.

    @Rick- I look forward to it! Great meeting you this past weekend.

    @Tom- No. If you got the 100k last time, you won’t get it again, so I wouldn’t waste your time/ credit inquiry

    @Jim- they won’t post until your statement closes, so hang tight- no need to call.

  • nate f

    Points Guy- Got the Chase BA card to make a trip to ireland.. after i got the card realized the taxes on my flight could be through the roof. any way to lessen these taxes?

  • patrick

    Some questions about using my BA points on AA.
    1- After I book my flight, if I need to make changes regarding the date or time, would I contact BA or AA?
    2- Will BA let me book Mile Saver First/Business awards or just coach?
    3 – Seat selection is done during the BA reservation or after the fact on AA’s WEB site? (and does BA know if I have status or not?)
    4 – I know with AA if you cancel there is a charge to put your miles back. Does this apply to BA as well?

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