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British Airways’ 100,000-Mile Credit Card Bonus Is Back

British Airways’ 100,000-Mile Credit Card Bonus Is Back

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Last year’s 100,000-mile sign-up offer for the British Airways Visa credit card was one of the most lucrative such incentives ever.

When the offer was scaled back to 50,000 miles, many mile-collectors kicked themselves for letting such an outsized bonus get away.

Beginning today, however, the 100,000-mile bonus back, albeit with somewhat generous terms.

Offers Details

New customers for the Chase-issued British Airways Signature Visa credit card can earn up to 100,000 Avios (the new name for Executive Club miles), as follows:

  • Earn 50,000 bonus Avios after the first purchase charged to the card.
  • Earn another 25,000 bonus Avios after charging $10,000 to the card within the first year.
  • Earn an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after charging a total of $20,000 within the first year.

There’s no published end date to the promotion, so it could be terminated at any time.

Card Details

  • Annual fee: $95
  • Annual percentage rate: variable, Prime Rate plus 11.99 percent, currently 15.24 percent
  • Cardholders earn 2.5 Executive Club miles for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases, 1.25 miles for every $1 spent on other purchases.
  • Cardholders receive a free companion award ticket every year they charge $30,000 to the card.
  • Smart chip technology, so the card can be used for chip-based purchases in Europe.
  • No foreign transaction fees

Deal or No Deal

The $20,000 spend threshold to earn the full 100,000 Avios makes this bonus slightly more difficult to qualify for than last year’s. But only slightly.

The more pressing question concerns the value of British Airways’ Executive Club program, in particular the fuel surcharges that make some award tickets shockingly expensive.

While the surcharges can be avoided by redeeming for flights on British Airways’ oneworld airline partners, it requires planning and research to do so.

Bottom line: If you’re willing to work around the weaknesses of Executive Club, there is tremendous value to be derived from 100,000 Avios.

Reader Reality Check

Did you take advantage of this offer the first time around? How did you use your miles?

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  • Maggi

    I signed up for this credit card in the past and got 100,000 miles. The only problem is: when you try to use those miles, the surcharges and fees are as expensive as purchasing a flight outright on another airline. The only way to use these miles is to book a first class ticket and pay the equivalent of a coach seat for the charges.
    If anyone knows of a way to get around these exorbitant charges I would love to hear it.

  • mike

    Got the card last year, one for me and one for my wife. Could NOT find a way to use the miles for flights; every option was just too expensive. I eventually used most of them for hotel rooms in Hong Kong — that turned out to be easy to access and a great deal, making the card worth getting. (I just abandoned the “get one free” flight coupon — just could not make it work.)

  • Barbara

    I have used the free companion ticket when I am entitled to a 1+1 ticket and we fly PHL to LON on business class (100000 miles) and only pay the fees, granted they are around 1400 for the two of us but very cheap for business class and about what you might pay for one lower class ticket.

  • tobin

    I too previously got the 100,000 miles and they are impossible to use for flights. Have been trying to use them for American flights and there is never any availability. Alternative is to use them for hotels or car rentals, but prices are so high that points are only valued at about 0.3 cents each! A terrible program.

  • Jerry Saperstein

    I posted my comment on this card last year. The costs of the flights even on their one world partners is still outragious for overseas. My wife and recently booked a a round trip American Airlines flight through British Airways from Las Vegas to Dallas for 15,000 miles each and a cost of $5.00 each. This is the only way to use these Avios at a reasonable cost.

  • jo

    I got the card last year and couldnot find an international flight that did not have a fortune in fees. So – I sed 80.000 for 2 1st class tickets to Puerto Rico on AA with a total of 90.00 in fees. Am very happy with that and will use the remaining for a hotel one night

  • Bob J.

    I used my BA Avios to book a Miami to Las Vegas, round-trip, non-stop, First Class ticket on American Airlines for 75,000 Avios plus a USD $5.00 service charge. Viva Las Vegas!

  • Jeff

    My wife and I each had 100,000 miles from the bonus last year. We live in FL and used the miles for business class Cathay Pacific tickets from JFK to Manila and then from Cebu to L.A. These tickets were worth $17,500 and all it cost us was the $95 for each card and around $700 in fees (which I charged to my Cap One card and then got those back on points). We connect to JFK by first visiting grandkids in MD for free with SW tickets and then spent $76 for each of us for DCA to JFK AA tickets. On the return we used SW free tickets again from LAX to Ft Myers. Very, cool and very cheap. If you are flexible, you can use the points easily.

  • Monster Beats Dre

    Got the card last year, one for me and one for my wife. Could NOT find a way to use the miles for flights; every option was just too expensive. I eventually used most of them for hotel rooms in Hong Kong — that turned out to be easy to access and a great deal, making the card worth getting. (I just abandoned the “get one free” flight coupon — just could not make it work.)

  • Peter W

    I found the points worked well for 2 for 1 first class tickets to South Africa from USA Fees ok for first class ticket. Great service, and made the advance planning worth it.