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Chase just announced a new co-branded credit card, the Iberia Visa Signature Card — which comes with a 75,000-point sign-up bonus and earns up to 3 Avios per dollar. In the same press release was the announcement of another upcoming card, the Aer Lingus Visa Signature Card. Details so far are slim but we know the card will be launching this spring.
Both Aer Lingus and Iberia became Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partners late last year. It’s possible to transfer Aer Lingus Avios to the British Airways Executive Club program and to Iberia’s program.
Aer Lingus uses the same award chart as British Airways and since you can transfer between all of the Avios programs, you should be able to take advantage of the best redemptions in each one, like 25,500 Iberia Avios for a one-way business-class flight to Europe with Iberia or booking American Airlines domestic flights.
There are some pretty great sweet spots in the Aer Lingus and British Airways Avios programs, such as flights from the US to Ireland for just 26,000 Avios round-trip in economy. If you’re trying to fly business you’ll have to pay 50,000 for a one-way flight on off-peak dates from the East Coast, but you’ll be avoiding the notoriously high British Airways Avios taxes and fees you’ll pay when flying through London.
These are the details we know so far about the card:
Sign-Up Bonus: Unlike with the Iberia card, it’s unclear what the sign-up bonus for this product will be. We reached out to Chase for comment but the issuer couldn’t share any details at this time. It’s possible the bonus will be the same as both the British Airways Visa Signature and Iberia cards. Each card is offering 50,000 bonus Avios for making $3,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening and another 25,000 bonus Avios for making an additional $7,000 in purchases (for a total of $10,000) within 12 months of account opening.
Earning From Spending: Cardholders will earn 3 Avios for each dollar spent on “Aer Lingus, Iberia, British Airways, LEVEL and OpenSkies purchases.” All other purchases will earn 1x Avios.
Companion Ticket: The release says the cardmember will earn a “ticket for a companion when a ticket is purchased in economy class, after $30,000 spend in a calendar year.” Judging on that language it will be a voucher for a companion ticket on paid fares and not award tickets like the British Airways companion voucher. You’ll be restricted to economy class and it’ll likely only work when flying on Aer Lingus aircraft — similar to how the companion fares work on British Airways’ and Iberia’s card.
10% Off Flights: There was no mention of 10% off Aer Lingus flights — which is a feature of both the British Airways and Iberia card for their respective airlines.
Annual Fee: $95 per year. It’s unclear if it will be waived for the first cardmember year or not.
The card will also offer the following benefits:
- Priority boarding on flights to and from the US
- No foreign transaction fees
- Auto rental collision damage waiver
- Lost luggage reimbursement
- Purchase protection
Will this card be subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule? Although we aren’t certain, it probably won’t be. The British Airways Visa isn’t covered by the rule and TPG‘s JT Genter was able to get approved for the Iberia Visa yesterday despite being far over 5/24.
The information for the Aer Lingus Visa Signature Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on the page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
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