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Reminder: British Airways Visa 100,000 Bonus Ends Tomorrow: July 17, 2012

by on July 16, 2012 · 19 comments

in British Airways, Credit Cards

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

- 50,000 bonus Avios after your first purchase
-25,000 bonus Avios after you make $10,000 in purchases within the first year of account opening
-Plus an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you make a total of $20,000 in purchases 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 miles for every dollar spent on the card
2.5 miles per dollar spent on British Airways travel
No foreign transaction fees
Companion certificate after $30,000 in spend. This companion ticket allows a second award redemption for free (It’s like getting another 100,000 miles). So if you use 100,000 miles for a business class ticket from Los Angeles to London, the second business class ticket costs 0 miles (you only pay taxes and fees). A potentially huge value.

Meeting Spending Requirements
In order to get the full 100,000 Avios, you have to hit $20,000 spending in the first year–that’s quite a bit of money.  However, there are a lot of great, cheap ways to meet your spending requirements while still using your credit responsibly by putting as many of your expenses on your credit card as possible, and getting creative with the ways you spend, such as buying gift cards or even paying your taxes and then writing off that cost as a business expense, so look at all your options and channel your spending into the ones with the most payable potential for you.

Once you’re at $20,000, you could even try going for the $30,000 threshold that will earn you a free companion ticket on the airline and take advantage of those expensive premium class redemptions.

Maximizing British Airways Avios Series
Once you’ve scored your 100,000 Avios (125,000+, actually, once you meet your spending requirements), you’ll want to know all the ways you can use them, so check out my series on Maximizing British Airways Avios. Posts include: Master FAQ Post on Chase British Airways 100,000 Avios Offer, Spotlight on Taxes and FeesDistance-Based AwardsTravel Together Companion TicketHousehold AccountsUsing Avios to Upgrade Paid Tickets, The Avios and Cash Option, Save Money on Fuel Surcharges by Transferring British Airways Avios to Iberia, Using Avios For Non-Flight Redemptions.

Do you have questions about this offer, or suggestions for other readers on how to meet the spending requirements for this bonus? Leave a comment below.

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  • JP

    I got the Chase British Airways Visa Signature card during a 50k promotion in Jan. 0f 2011. Is this the same card?

  • bradsteven

    I wasn’t going to get this card because I thought I’d get denied for too many recent card additions to my wallet…but I have a trip to Europe coming up in 3 weeks and would like a Chip&Pin card so I convinced myself to give it a shot. Confirmation screen said it was under review, but upon calling reconsideration line they said it had been approved but was just undergoing verification/processing with BA. Success! Now let’s see if my roommate will let me send him rent payments through Amazon for the next year :)

  • JM

    TPG!Could I just get the Square app/card reader than set up an account on my wife’s name,swipe some every month til I reach $30k and get 100k bonus,37,5k for spending and the companion certificate?i guess would worth the 2,7% transaction fee?:)

  • thepointsguy

    That might be against the technical rules, but I’m sure there are ways to use payment services to achieve spend. Research Amazon payments- it might be a cheaper option :-)

  • thepointsguy

    Yes, but some people have gotten the bonus again by not putting their BA Executive Club number on the app and having them generate a new number.

  • herhsey

    Just applied and got approval. Wife not so lucky, is under review, and her credit score is higher than mine. University of Arizona takes credit cards! Thanks for the reminder.

  • Fdezarra

    Dumb question but my application is also under review. What is the number to the reconsideration line? Should I call? Should I wait? What is recommended?

    Thanks again

  • thepointsguy

    Might as well call- number is 1 (888) 245-0625

  • PJ

    Did that trick get away from the ” chase 24 months/one same bonus clock “?

    I got my 100K in last july; swapped the BA card for Sapphire Preferred last Novemver,.Since BA card, I have got SWA and HYatt on same day in Aug,11 Sapphire Preferred in November, and United Explorer in late Feb 12.

    wonder how is the chance for me to get another card either BA or Fairmont without going into ” review pending”

  • Bowlinja

    Question: while accumulating the 20k and/or 30k in spending to get the bonus 50k in miles (+companion ticket), does one also get the 1:1 or more miles earned for conventional spending? Reason I ask is that it doesn’t seem much of a bonus to 10K to get 25k miles, unless you’re also getting matched spend miles in addition to the “bonus”? Just Curious….

  • Mike H

    I read elsewhere, I’m not point fingers, that the hacked version of this card (the faux booking 50k, 50k later card) is not eligible for the companion pass after $30k spend. Can anyone confirm if this is true or false? I was going to run my mortgage through Charge Smart to cover the spend and basically trade $360 in fees for a companion pass.

  • Ticketace

    How long is the companion ticket good for once you acquire it? Thanks in advance.

  • thepointsguy

    2 years

  • Ticketace

    TPG, Was the 95 dollar fee waived for the first year on this offer. I am pleading my case with Chase at the moment. Please help. Thanks!

  • thepointsguy

    Not waived

  • Ticketace

    Ugh!!! OK thanks!!!

  • Steph

    I signed up for this just under the deadline, but I was denied; I had to call the reconsideration hotline, where I was approved, but it was way after the offer expired. Am I still going to get the sign-up bonus?

  • thepointsguy

    You should since that’s the offer you applied for. Call and Chase will be able to confirm

  • http://www.facebook.com/karl.l.mitchell Karl Mitchell

    For those that missed it the last couple of times, it’s back (until Feb 27th, 2013): http://www.britishairways.com/travel/credit-cards/public/en_us

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