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Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months.
As you probably know by now, the British Airways Visa bonus is back up to 100,000 Avios until February. In addition to that points bonanza, this card carries a lot of potentially valuable lesser-known perks as well including 10% off any British Airways flight when you book tickets with your card.
Best of all, that 10% doesn’t just come off the base fare, but off all the taxes and fees as well – which can represent huge savings, especially considering these taxes and fuel surcharges even on economy tickets can range up to over $600 – and that it covers up to eight friends and family members traveling on the same flight! And you still earn 2.5 Avios per dollar spent on BA tickets when you use the card.
Though this feature of the card was introduced as a promotion for travel from November 2011 – December 2012, British Airways and Chase have extended its life for another year, so cardholders will continue to get the 10% discount through 2013 (outbound travel must commence by December 31, 2013).
Here are the details of the benefit:
In order to get 10% off when you book, go to ba.com/Chase10 and use the Promotion code: CARDOFFERU
- 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!
I’ll include the rest of the terms and conditions below, but just note that the 10% discount is only off fares, taxes and surcharges, not off baggage or seat selection fees, and only on British Airways flights, not codeshares. You must also be a US resident paying in US dollars with a valid British Airways Visa card issued by Chase and travel must be from the US to London and beyond.
Discount And Upgrade Strategy
If you don’t already have the British Airways Visa, now might be the time to get it because the bonus is back up to 100,000 Avios. While you can’t score the 10% discount on award redemptions to help with those huge fees, what you can do is buy a cheap economy ticket at even more of a discount and then use some of your bonus Avios to upgrade, for as little as 12,500 each way (Boston to London).
British Airways has four classes of service on most international flights: economy, premium economy, business and first and they allow upgrades from one class to another for a relatively small amount of Avios. To calculate how many you need to go up one class, you take the amount of Avios needed for an economy award on that route and cut it in half. So for example, New York City to London is 20,000 Avios each way for an award seat in economy, so an upgrade from Economy to Premium Economy or Premium Economy to Business would only cost 10,000 Avios each way.
Britishairways.com will let you search for upgradeable fares using their Cash & Upgrade search function – check out this post for instructions on how to use it.
Upgrades are available from the following booking classes:
– British Airways: J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B, H
– American Airlines and Iberia: J, C, D, Y, B
For more ideas on how to put Avios to the best use, check out this post.
Current Chase British Airways Offer Details
-You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months
-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
– 1.25 miles for every dollar spent on the card
– 2.5 miles per dollar spent on British Airways travel
– No foreign transaction 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.
– Companion certificate after $30,000 in spend. This companion ticket allows a second miles redemption for free. 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). A huge value if used properly.
– $95 annual fee
Here are the Terms and Conditions of the 10% Discount:
To take part in this promotion, eligible participants must log in at www.ba.com/Chase10, make a roundtrip booking between December 11, 2012 and December 31, 2013, and enter the promotion code provided in this offer into the marked box on the Price Quote page of the booking process. Outbound travel must commence by December 31, 2013. 10% discount will appear on the final payment page. Discount is valid on the total roundtrip purchase price, including taxes, fees and carrier charges, on mainline flights operated by British Airways. At time of this publication tickets are subject to taxes, fees and carrier charges of approximately $650 per person in economy or $1,100 in business class based on travel from New York to London.
Discount is not valid for flights on code share or franchise carriers. 10% discount on British Airways flights is valid for flight purchase only and does not apply to excess baggage fees, seat assignment fees, purchasing Avios for rewards or rewards fees. Roundtrip open jaw bookings are eligible for only one discount. Example of open jaw booking: outbound JFK to LON and return PAR to JFK. All rules of purchased fare apply, including advance purchase, minimum stay, weekend-add-ons, and cancellation/refund rules. Other travel related restrictions may apply. Offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. Fares not purchased at www.ba.com/Chase10 do not qualify for discount. Valid only for new bookings made by US residents paying in USD with a valid British Airways Visa card issued by Chase, for travel commencing from the US to London and beyond. Cardholder must travel to qualify for the 10% discount. Discount applies for up to eight passengers booked on the same British Airways flight. Refunds from previously purchased fare types not permitted. In the event of program fraud or abuse, British Airways may withdraw this promotion. Visit www.ba.com for full terms and conditions of fare rules
British Airways standard booking terms and conditions including amendment and cancellation charges apply. Bookings via a BA call center will incur a $25 per person processing fee. All travel is subject to availability. Other significant restrictions may apply.
Visit www.ba.com for full terms and conditions of fare rules.