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10% Off Any British Airways Flight With BA Visa Promo

by on November 4, 2011 · 43 comments

in British Airways, Chase

Update: The current sign-up bonus offer for the British Airways Visa is 100,000 Avios: 50,000 Avios for spending $1,000 in 3 months, 25,000 more for spending $10,000 within a year, and an additional 25,000 for spending an additional $10,000 within the same year.

British Airways just announced a pretty lucrative promotion: 10% off any British Airways flight when you use your Chase British Airways Visa card. The great thing about this promo is that the 10% comes off of the total ticket price, including taxes and fees (and we know how high they can be when flying in and out of London on BA!). I also like how we have from now and December 31, 2012 to make our bookings. On top of all this, you also earn an extra 2.5 miles per dollar spent on BA miles when you use the BA Visa card.

One of the best ways to use BA miles is to use 12,500 miles to upgrade North America to European flights. Premium Economy flights can be had for reasonable prices – especially with this discount, so this may be a good time to take advantage of that stellar redemption. I priced out a Premium Economy roundtrip from Miami to London in March for my birthday and with the 10% discount it came to $987 total roundtrip. With 25,000 BA miles, of which I have many to burn, that’s a pretty good deal for business class – especially since British Airways has a really solid lie-flat business class product. To upgrade the reservation at the time of booking, it would cost me $2,500, so those 25,000 BA miles are getting me 10 cents in value per mile. If you don’t have any BA miles, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points (from Sapphire Preferred and Ink Bold cards) and American Express Membership Rewards points (Platinum and Premier Rewards for example) at instant 1:1 ratios.

Update: Per this link, the eligible fare classes for upgrading tickets with BA miles are:
British Airways: J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B, H
American Airlines and Iberia: J, C, D, Y, B
Always call to ensure upgrade availability before you purchase a ticket.

Update: This can be combined with their current big bonuses for full-fare and premium cabin flights.
Link: British Airways Upgrade chart (for US to Europe 1 you’ll see 50,000. That’s for Economy to Business. If you buy World Traveller Plus (Prem Econ) you multiply that amount by .5, so it’s 25,000 miles roundtrip to upgrade or 12,500 miles each way).

$987 for a flight that can be upgraded to Business class for only 25,000 BA miles roundtrip!

Details:

We’re pleased to announce this new cardmember promotion. Receive a 10% discount1 on every British Airways round-trip flight booked through ba.com/Chase10 when you use your British Airways Visa® card with promotion code: CARDOFFERU. Flights must be booked and outbound travel completed from now through December 31, 2012. You always get a great deal when you book with us directly and now that deal will be even better.

10% off when you book through ba.com/Chase10:

  • Discount is off the total cost of the fare (including taxes, fuel and surcharges).
  • Choose from any of British Airways 300+ destinations.
  • Travel in any cabin—World Traveller, World Traveller Plus, Club World or First.
  • Book up to eight friends and family members travelling on the same flight.

Promotion code: CARDOFFERU

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  • JMSL

    This seems like an obvious move to keep folks from cancelling before their 2012 annual fee comes up, especially those of us who got the card with the 100K bonus last year. The coming BAEC changes will likely make the program much less valuable for North Americans, so the 1.25 miles per dollar isn’t as exciting as it used to be. For folks who are likely to buy at least 2 BA tickets per year, this probably makes the annual fee worth it.

  • GA

    Does this include reward bookings?

  • GA

    Does this include reward bookings?

  • Allan Fan

    Seems you don’t have to use Chase BA card to get the 10% discount

  • Allan Fan

    Seems you don’t have to use Chase BA card to get the 10% discount

  • Anonymous

    No

  • Anonymous

    No

  • lwildernorva

    There is a current fare sale running for WT and WT+ that apparently ends on 11/14. The fare you got from Miami to London will probably run closer to $2000 after 11/14. Keep in mind you still earn roughly 10K BA miles for the paid portion of the trip as well as the 2.5 miles/dollar for paying with the card. In other words, for the 25K BA miles you’ll spend, you’ll earn about 12.5K for the trip.

  • Heels05

    I’m not seeing where you can upgrade a Europe flight for 12,500 each way. I went to the mileage chart I have book marked from TPG and it looks to me like it is much more expensive. Am I looking at the wrong place?

  • Anonymous

    https://www.britishairways.com/travel/ecredeemtable/execclub/_gf/en_us

    From World Traveler Plus you multiply it by .5

    So US to Europe is 50,000 miles return (roundtrip). Multiplied by .5 = 25,000 miles to upgrade roundtrip. A stellar deal

  • Dan

    Can you combine this with the 25,000 bonus points BA is offering for travel right now?

  • Anonymous

    Yep, but just remember those are for full-fare/ premium cabin tickets
    http://thepointsguy.com/2011/09/mega-british-airways-bonuses-this-fall/

  • Anonymous

    I need a BA flight from the east coast to Spain. It seems that all those flights are AA hardware and don’t qualify. If I go through LHR to fly BA it will take longer and probably cost more. Does the 25K upgrade work on AA flights booked on the BA site?

  • Jimmy

    got the 100,000 miles early back in the spring and ended up canceling the card a few months ago. I bought a BA flight from London to Rome and a promotion popped up after the purchase for the card promoting 100,000 miles instead of the 50,000 that is being promoted on their website. It earned 50,000 after the first purchase and another 50,000 after the first anniversary. I applied for it and got approved and got the first 50,000 miles two days ago. Definitely a great deal! Not sure if it is being promoted for everyone that makes a purchase though.

  • Dan

    So, if I booked a premium economy ticket using the 10% discount, upgraded to Business for 25,000 points, and completed travel by December 31, would I get the 25k point bonus making the upgrade a wash?

  • Anonymous

    Yes as long as you booked an eligilbe fare class:
    First (booking classes F, A), Business Class (booking classes J, C, D, R, I), World Traveller Plus Premium Economy (booking classes W, E, T) and Economy (booking classes Y, B, H)

  • xlax

    Slightly OT, but if I book on WT+ and upgrade using miles, at what rate do I earn miles for that flight?

  • Anonymous

    On the fare class you purchased

  • purplnurpl

    slightly OT, but is it possible to confirm the upgrade with miles at the time of booking online?

  • purplnurpl

    i think i found the issue… can only upgrade from world traveler plus to club world with a W or E fare. i.e. fully refundable, which quadruples the price.

  • purplnurpl

    i responded to my own thread above, but this is incorrect.

    from the website paste below, only W and E are upgradable with points.

    Reward flight upgrades are available from:

    From Euro Traveller (Y B H booking classes) to Club Europe.
    From World Traveller (Y B H booking classes) to World Traveller Plus.
    From World Traveller Plus (W E booking classes) to Club World.
    From Club World (J C D booking classes) to First.

    https://www.britishairways.com/travel/on-business-upgrade-table/execclub/_gf/en_dk

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D6ATR23KH4BIFEQBII2XRMW2EQ Alex R

    This is definitely worrisome. How do you verify the booking class of a ticket before purchasing? I couldn’t seem to find a way.

  • purplnurpl

    click on the flight number and a dialog pops up with the class and other info.

  • Arthur

    Looks like this promo is restricted to bookings that originate in the USA.

  • xlax

    I’m not so sure about this. I see what it says at the link you provided, but this page — which I got to from TPG’s link to the BA upgrade chart — clearly lists “T” as an “eligible booking class” for upgrades. This is not an academic exercise since I was able to find World Traveller Plus from Los Angeles to Spain for about $975 and would love to spend 25,000 “adios” points to move up to Club.

    http://www.britishairways.com/travel/ecredeemupgrademiles/execclub/_gf/en_us

  • purplnurpl

    they could be bunching all of the booking classes together, due to laziness or confusions sake?

    i cannot upgrade using miles online to test.

  • xlax

    I just spoke with BAEC and the CSR was able to upgrade me using the fares that book in T and Y. She was able to book LAX-BCN (via LHR) in January for about $1250 all in plus 30,000 miles (zone 2). I think that your first link was to some special “Business” program that BA runs and that maybe you couldn’t book it online because the particular flights/dates you were looking for were not available. Don’t give up!

  • lwildernorva

    Sorry, miscalculated this earning rate. Assumed 10K miles RT from MIA to LHR, when it’s 8850; however, also left out the 25% cabin bonus for WT+, so you’d actually earn more like 11K miles for the paid portion plus roughly another 2500 miles for paying by the card. And, if the trip’s done before the end of the year (Christmas shopping in London?), you get at least 25K miles with the current multiplier bonus). So, fly before the end of the year and for roughly $1000, you fly in a business lie-flat and earn an additional 13.5K miles.

    BTW, it appears on a number of flights before the end of the year, it’s actually cheaper to buy in WT+ than WT so this is a good opportunity.

  • lwildernorva

    I think we need clarification on your most recent note. I believe that the W, E class fare restriction applies to BA’s “On Business” program, a program of which I was previously unaware and which seems to deal in a different currency than BA Miles or Avios–On Business Points. This program does contain a note that upgrades from WT+ to Club may only be made on W and E fares, but the upgrade chart states that this upgrade may be done for 9,600 points RT. This chart appears inapplicable to award redemptions for upgrades under the Miles/Avios program, which will require 25K Miles (before the Avios program begins) or 20K Avios (after). I think the statement in the Executive Club section that W, E, and T fare classes may be upgraded still applies here. It is correct that the upgrade cannot be booked online and requires a telephone call.

    What I find interesting about the On Business chart is that it currently shows the geographic division coming in the Avios program (North America split into East and West). This chart clearly could have been a template for the changes to come with the Avios program. See the note at the top of the chart: “If you want to upgrade a return World Traveller Plus flight to Club World from Dubai to New York, via London, you would need 18,900 points (9,300 + 9,600 = 18,900).” Those two figures represent redemption values from Dubai to London and then London to New York. From this chart, it appears that BA had already implemented sector-based redemption pricing in the On Business program long before the Avios program was announced.

  • Anonymous

    I corrected the post- WET are indeed eligible.

  • Anonymous

    Just to confirm- that information is wrong. Per BA’s upgrade page the following fare classes are eligible for mileage upgrades

    British Airways: J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B, H
    American Airlines and Iberia: J, C, D, Y, B
    Always call to ensure upgrade availability before you purchase a ticket.

  • purplnurpl

    thanks for clearing that up. time to book.

  • lwildernorva

    Booked IAD to LHR 12/14-19 with the Chase card discount booked WT+ for $942.69. There is a way to upgrade to CW online. While the upgrade link in the Passenger Details tab of Manage My Booking was greyed out, I found a working link at the very bottom of the MMB page for “Change Booking” that also offered an upgrade with miles option. This link allowed me to upgrade for miles to LHR although there were apparently no seats available on the flight back to IAD on 12/19. 12.5K miles plus $85.

    So, for $1027.69 and 12.5K miles, I got a flight that will earn 34180 miles (plus another 2569 for using the card) plus the CW lie-flat seat on the overnight flight and the WT+ seat on the day flight back.

  • ba traveler

    do you think that the ba.com/savewithvisa promo will stack with their multiplier promo? or is it considered a discounted or promotional fare? if it does stack you can get a nyc-lhr premium economy fare for $822 in december with the savewithvisa promo

  • purplnurpl

    out of curiosity, did you attempt to do that same itinerary purely with miles in cw?

    it seems availability to upgrade with miles is based on award space.

  • purplnurpl

    this is primarily for those who stumble across this thread later…

    the 10% off appears to be online only, so book the itin online with the promo and then via phone have ba ec upgrade it online.

    for amusements sake, i found the upgradable itin via award search (miles only), then tried to book online with points + miles and suddenly the dates were not available. i called ba ec, they confirmed they are available for upgrade but could not get the wtp ticket with the 10% off promo. so while on the phone, i booked the wtp ticket and had them upgrade it for 25k per person. i tried to do the exact same upgrade online while waiting for the rep, and online it wanted an additional $20,000 plus miles. lol.

  • ClearedCustoms

    Successfully booked rt SAN > LHR > CDG in WT+ with 10% promo then upgraded all legs to Club for 25k. After Chase BA promo was applied I used my Amex Gold (3x airfare) for final payment. I checked Club award availability on BA.com and verified availability with phone rep before purchase but was then able to book and upgrade online. Final rt Club ticket cost was $1,248.00 +25k ($1,059 fare + $189 upgrade fee). For comparison sake the same itinerary with “Book & upgrade” option showed $1,367 + 25k and the full fare Club price was $4,372. Makes this a nice 12.5 cents per point redemption value.

    Thanks for the heads up TPG.

  • Helge

    I think I got into that non-qualifiying trap too. So I booked some regular BA flights (Vancouver via LHR to Berlin, then Berlin via LHR to SFO) and was hoping to be able to upgrade them (to CW) later via that Upgrade link in the booking page. But thats not available, presumably because of a cheap something class in the initial booking.
    How do you fix mistakes like that? :-) All lost?

  • CleardCustoms

    It’s hard to say without knowing what fare class you booked in. It’s probably best if you compare your fare class to the upgrade chart, check CW award availability on each leg of your itinerary, and then call BA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jgriesbacker John Griesbacker

    I just don’t understand how you get the upgrade option when booking. What am I missing here? Looking to book NYC to VIE and wanted to upgrade outbound from WT+ to CW. Anyone?

  • Chuck Provonchee

    I checked recently to see how much I would save on a flight using my BA Visa card. I understood a dollar spent on the card earns one point or mile or whatever. I always thought of that as one cent return on each dollar charged on the card. I checked the BA website and tried making bookings with and without using Avios points. If I use 40,000 points I could save $300 on a round trip flight from Boston to Heathrow but that gives a value of $0.0075 per point. If I use fewer points for a smaller saving the value of the points go down more. Considering the yearly fee I am wondering if the card is worth it. I am also how I can find how many points it will cost me to upgrade from Economy to Business Traveller on that flight. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks

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