Check out these new offers on the British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus cards

Feb 3, 2021

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – British Airways Visa Signature® Card, Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Card and Iberia Visa Signature® Card       

People may not be traveling all that much right now, but this is still a great time to start planning the dream getaway you’ll take as soon as travel is once again fully safe and accessible. And what better way to get a jump on an amazing redemption than taking advantage of sign-up bonuses across travel credit cards?

Chase is now offering increased earning rates across its three cobranded airline cards that earn Avios: the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Card and Iberia Visa Signature® Card. Starting Feb. 3, 2021, new cardholders will earn 5x Avios on all British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia flights within the first 12 months from account opening (3x after), 3x on all hotel stays booked directly with the hotel within the first 12 months from account opening (2x after) and 1x on all other purchases.

Additionally, the British Airways Visa Signature Card now has a new sign-up bonus: Earn 100,000 bonus Avios after spending $5,000 in the first three months with the card.

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All three cards boast similar benefits. Here’s a quick look at each:

British Airways Visa Signature® card

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Annual fee: $95

Sign-up bonus: New cardholders will earn 100,000 bonus Avios after spending $5,000 in the first three months with the card.

Earning rate: Earn 5x Avios on all British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia flights within the first 12 months from account opening (3x after), 3x on all hotel stays booked directly within the first 12 months from account opening (2x after) and 1x on all other purchases

Other benefits: 

  • 10% off British Airways flights starting in the U.S. (must book through the site provided in your welcome materials)
  • Get $100 statement credits ($200 for business and first-class seats) up to three times a year when you book a reward flight to London on British Airways and pay for your taxes and fees with your card

Check out the full card review 

Aer Lingus Visa Signature® card

(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)

Annual fee: $95

Sign-up bonus: New cardholders will earn 50,000 bonus Avios after spending $3,000 in the first three months with the card, plus you’ll earn an additional 50,000 Avios after you spend $20,000 total within the first year of account opening

Earning rate: Earn 5x Avios on all British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia flights within the first 12 months from account opening (3x after), 3x on all hotel stays booked directly within the first 12 months from account opening (2x after) and 1x on all other purchases

Other benefits: 

  • Earn a companion ticket when you spend $30,000 in a calendar year (although it’s only valid on ticket between the U.S. and Ireland)
  • Priority boarding on Aer Lingus flights between the U.S. and Ireland

Check out the full card review 

Iberia Visa Signature® card

Iberia and British airways planes on the runway
(Photo by Dennis Kartenkaemper/Shutterstock)

Annual fee: $95

Sign-up bonus: New cardholders will earn 50,000 bonus Avios after spending $3,000 in the first three months with the card, plus you’ll earn an additional 50,000 Avios after you spend $20,000 total within the first year of account opening

Earning rate: Earn 5x Avios on all British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia flights within the first 12 months from account opening (3x after), 3x on all hotel stays booked directly within the first 12 months from account opening (2x after) and 1x on all other purchases

Other benefits: 

  • 10% off Iberia flights booked through Iberia.com/Chase10 with your card
  • Earn a discount voucher of $1,000 to use toward two tickets on the same flight each year you spend $30,000 on purchases on your Iberia Visa card.

Check out the full card review 

Are these offers worth it?

First, let’s talk about the new British Airways sign-up bonus. Previously, all three credit cards earned up to 100,000 Avios: earn 50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

TPG values Avios at 1.5 cents each, meaning that the extra 50k you would have earned with the previous offer is worth $750.

The heightened earning rates on flights and hotel stays across all three cards are a solid improvement, but that benefit is only temporary. So if you aren’t planning many flights on these airlines or hotel stays in the coming year, the increased earnings may not help you much.

Overall, these offers isn’t an obvious improvement for all travelers over the last offer. But it still has the potential to be valuable for anyone who typically flies with British Airways, Iberia or Aer Lingus and can lean into earning and using the companion award ticket (if you apply for the British Airways card).

Bottom line

If you’re not someone who typically flies with any of these airlines, these offers alone aren’t enough to make any of the cards worth it. However, those who do travel often on Avios-earning airlines could find value in these low-cost cards from Chase.

Keep in mind that these cards are subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule, which means if you’ve applied for five or more cards in the past 24 months, you almost certainly won’t be approved. Additionally, an application for one of these cards will count toward your 5/24 slots. So make sure that applying for one of these offers won’t preclude you from applying for other high-value Chase cards in the near future.

It all comes down to what trips you’re planning to take over the next two years. And if earning 100k Avios is more your speed, the other two cards still have that bonus option while offering the temporary increased categories.

Related: Best airline credit cards

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Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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