Update: The current sign-up bonus offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $1,000 within 3 months.
One of the best current credit card deals on the market is the 100,000 mile Chase British Airways Visa card. Though it was supposed to end in early June, Chase decided to extend the current bonus until July 18, so if you were thinking of getting in on this deal, it’s time to make a decision. My guess is that the sign-up bonus will go back to 50,000 Avios with a spend requirement in the $3,000 within 3 months type of range. Right now you get 50,000 Avios after the first purchase and an additional 25,000 after $10,000 in spend and the final 25,000 after hitting $20,000 in spend within the first year of account opening.
Additional card features and fees:
-New: Smart Chip Technology allows you to use your card for chip-based purchases in Europe & beyond, while still giving you the ability to use your card as you do today at home.
- 1.25 Avios points for every dollar spent on the card
- 2.5 Avios points per dollar spent on British Airways travel
- No foreign transaction fees
- Companion certificate after $30,000 in spend. This companion ticket allows a second miles redemption for free. So if you use 100,000 Avios points for a business class ticket from Los Angeles to London, the second business class ticket costs 0 miles (you only pay taxes). A huge value if used properly.
- $95 annual fee
Use your 100,000 Avios not only on British Airways, but on its partners (both Oneworld and not) as well.
The T&C of the offer state that this is for first-time British Airways Visa holders, so if you already have one, your odds of getting this bonus again are very slim. If you were an additional cardholder on another account, you would still be eligible to get the card for yourself and get the bonus.
Even with the downsides of the Avios program, this is a great deal if you fly British Airways, and very useful for redeeming for awards on BA’s Oneworld alliance partners like American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, LAN Chile/Peru/ Argentina, Japan Airlines, Iberia, Finn Air, Royal Jordanian, Malev, Mexicana and S7 (Russian) airlines.
The New TPG Maximizing British Airways Avios Series
When the new card offer came out in April, I refreshed my series on Maximizing British Airways Avios with the following posts:
-Master FAQ Post on British Airways 100,000 Mile Offer
-Spotlight on Taxes and Fees
-Travel Together Companion Ticket
-Using Avios to Upgrade Paid Tickets
-The Avios and Cash Option
-Save Money on Fuel Surcharges and Fees – Transfer British Airways Avios to Iberia
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