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Chase British Airways 100,000 Bonus Ends July 18

by on June 25, 2012 · 13 comments

in British Airways, Chase, Credit Cards

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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.

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
-Distance-Based Awards
-Travel Together Companion Ticket
-Household Accounts
-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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  • PJ

    a friendly reminder:

    SFO-SJD ( Cabo san Lucas) can be booked for 10K one way non stop on phone with no service charge on Alaska ( AS) , non stop LAX-SJD online on AA or on AS with agents for 7.5K YVR to LAX for 7.5K on AS and LAX to all nearby cities AA or AS fly to for 4.5K a very good alternative to Southwest another champion program on miles

  • dhammer53

    The Avios Series was one of the best analysis of a program that I’ve ever read. It is/was especially helpful to this new (18 months) BA Avios member.

    For anyone just getting this credit card, I’d suggest reading it.

  • Pat Marwick

    Are all these cards only available to US citizens? I’m in the UK.

  • thepointsguy

    There is a UK version of the card, but only the US one has the 100k bonus

  • thepointsguy

    Thank you! Means a lot coming from a legend like yourself :-)

  • thepointsguy

    Love the shorthaul redemption!

  • Guest

    Different, and MUCH better deal for this card: Get 50K on first purchase, then 50K on your first anniversary for 100K total. There’s no minimum spend for the second 50K. Also, $75 annual fee, not $95.

    See post #604 at:
    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/milesbuzz/1335226-100-000-ba-avios-chase-card-150-fee-41.html

    What are your thoughts BK?

  • PJ

    do I need a Phd degree to find post 604?
    is it a big difference between 95 and 75? I was in Vegas the other week, i could hardly find a Blackjack table with $20 Minimum . After all last time I was there , 33 years ago , I was messing around with $1table

  • PJ

    replay the blogs when people were so negative about imminent launch of Avios. many times I bugged in to cheer everybody up.. worst assumption is to fly AA non stop coast to coast for 12.5K +2.5 + 2 luggages … and no quick ticketing fees it turned out I redeemed 20K on AS SFO SJD with 119 fees NON STOP RT to travel around New Year 2013 . Similar scoring when I used Avios to travel down to South American last late April. JFK GIG CHL JFK for 40K and used Avios to fly on in land flights in Argentina Brazl and Chile… thank Chase for the 100K sign on bonus for $2000(?) spend

    Did urge readers to follow me to transfer those MR points from 75K amex GPR signup when the 50% bonus was going on. Let t see how many of my friends are going to hop on your application links.

  • Rikster

    I used to have this card but cancelled in 2004. Would I be eligible for the bonus?

  • Uly

    Can I ask for some advice? I already have 4 Chase credit cards + a Chase line of credit. I am thinking of getting a new one to get the sign-up bonus. Do you think I should cancel one card before applying for a new one? And if I cancel, should I ask them to move the credit line to another card first? Finally, how long should I wait after I get a new card before applying for another one with Chase?

  • thepointsguy

    There’s no set rule for how long. I’d advise against canceling before you apply- I’d apply and then if you are declined then offer to close a card and shift the line of credit to get the BA card open. This works like a charm for most people, myself included

  • thepointsguy

    Technically no, but you may still be able to get it

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