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British Airways’ Big Credit Card Bonus Is Back

British Airways’ Big Credit Card Bonus Is Back

The recurring 100,000-mile sign-up bonus for the British Airways-affiliated credit card has established itself as the benchmark for lucrative rewards credit card promotions. In a period during which outsized credit card bonuses are the norm, that’s no small achievement. If you missed out on past versions of the offer, you now have a full three months to take advantage of this latest iteration.

Offer Details

Through February 27, 2013, new customers for the Chase-issued British Airways Visa Signature credit cardcan earn up to 100,000 Avios (Executive Club miles), as follows:

  • 50,000 bonus Avios after $1,000 in purchases within the first three months
  • 25,000 bonus Avios after $10,000 in purchases within the first year
  • An additional 25,000 bonus Avios after an additional $10,000 in purchases within the first year

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 offer’s current form is slightly less generous than the previous version, which awarded the first 50,000 Avios immediately after the first purchase, with no minimum spend. But in the end, it still amounts to 100,000 Avios after charging $20,000 to the card. Big miles, but you’ll have to spend big to get ‘em.

The Executive Club Caveat

As always when discussing British Airways’ Executive Club program, the issue of sky-high fuel surcharges on award tickets must be raised. Although it’s possible to get solid value by redeeming Avios for flights on British Airways’ partner airlines, it does require extra work to circumvent the most noxious fees.

Reader Reality Check

If you’re an Executive Club member, how have you made good use of your Avios?

  • Andrew Dhuey

    Thanks, Tim. Is there any hope if you had a previous BA Chase Visa and closed the account? IIRC, I closed my account around 5 months ago.

  • Andrew Dhuey

    Thanks, Tim. Is there any hope if you had a previous BA Chase Visa and closed the account? IIRC, I closed my account around 5 months ago.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X6Z2HL6TMBZS46DOS2QBRAUOQE Smithy

    My wife and I have made good use of our Avios Miles and here is how.  We each were able to get 100,000 points in 2011 when the offered this deal.  Then we combined our accounts, which you can do if you have the same address.  Then, in August 2011 we flew ORD-LHR-PRG First Class for 170,000 points r/t.  Stayed in Prague for 5 nights at the Prague Hilton for nothing with HiltonHhonors points (executive lounge and all).  Then flew Czech airlines r/t to Amsterdam where we stayed for 4 nights at the Amsterdam Hilton for nothing using points.  The total for the British Airways flight was $1,150.  The Czech Airlines flight was $300.  The Hilton hotels for the whole vacation:  priceless!

    Amsterdam:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDULeGowbzs

    Prague:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aCK75pRSXQ

    If you can get the card for yourself and your wife (200,000) it is a big win and even with the BA fees can be a great deal.

    We did a similar trip the next year using BA points – 2012:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9gMJWQAB_0

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X6Z2HL6TMBZS46DOS2QBRAUOQE Smithy

    My wife and I have made good use of our Avios Miles and here is how.  We each were able to get 100,000 points in 2011 when the offered this deal.  Then we combined our accounts, which you can do if you have the same address.  Then, in August 2011 we flew ORD-LHR-PRG First Class for 170,000 points r/t.  Stayed in Prague for 5 nights at the Prague Hilton for nothing with HiltonHhonors points (executive lounge and all).  Then flew Czech airlines r/t to Amsterdam where we stayed for 4 nights at the Amsterdam Hilton for nothing using points.  The total for the British Airways flight was $1,150.  The Czech Airlines flight was $300.  The Hilton hotels for the whole vacation:  priceless!

    Amsterdam:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDULeGowbzs

    Prague:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aCK75pRSXQ

    If you can get the card for yourself and your wife (200,000) it is a big win and even with the BA fees can be a great deal.

    We did a similar trip the next year using BA points – 2012:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9gMJWQAB_0

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Baker/895880174 David Baker

    I avoid BA itself like the plague since its fees are so high, but have redeemed numerous tickets with its American partner at only $10 a pop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Baker/895880174 David Baker

    I avoid BA itself like the plague since its fees are so high, but have redeemed numerous tickets with its American partner at only $10 a pop.

  • saperg

    I went for this offer last year and was greatly diappointed by the taxes and fuel surcharges when using overseas. The CEO of British Airways sent us an email asking that we complain to the UK goverment which I did. I have used the miles on American in the US for domestic flights and it works great. I have had 5 roundtrips from Las Vegas to Dallas for 15,000 miles and $5.00 each. I also have booked flights within Europe for next summer at a low mileage and fee cost.

  • saperg

    I went for this offer last year and was greatly diappointed by the taxes and fuel surcharges when using overseas. The CEO of British Airways sent us an email asking that we complain to the UK goverment which I did. I have used the miles on American in the US for domestic flights and it works great. I have had 5 roundtrips from Las Vegas to Dallas for 15,000 miles and $5.00 each. I also have booked flights within Europe for next summer at a low mileage and fee cost.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XSTUJC443H3ONTDZ6JW7XGSFYA Bennett Cunningham

    just applied and got it! So happy you posted this! thanks

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XSTUJC443H3ONTDZ6JW7XGSFYA Bennett Cunningham

    just applied and got it! So happy you posted this! thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.winship Tim Winship

    Andrew – Not sure what Chase’s current policy is on this. Best bet is to call them and confirm, preferably in writing in case there’s any problem later.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.winship Tim Winship

    Andrew – Not sure what Chase’s current policy is on this. Best bet is to call them and confirm, preferably in writing in case there’s any problem later.

  • Paul Heymont

    It’s also possible, if you are an Iberia program member, to transfer Avios between your BA and Iberia accounts…and then use them for Iberia or partners without being forced to drop a load of money on London.

  • Paul Heymont

    It’s also possible, if you are an Iberia program member, to transfer Avios between your BA and Iberia accounts…and then use them for Iberia or partners without being forced to drop a load of money on London.

  • KissimmeeSue

    My BA cc is due for renewal and I probably won’t renew it.  It is extremely difficult and expensive to use the companion voucher.  We flew first from EWR to Lisbon 11/11.  The best layover in Heathrow was 12 hours.  We did some touring in Windsor, so it worked ok.  Wanted to go to Venice, no FF seats that didn’t require landing in Heathrow from US, then get yourself to Gatwick to fly to Venice, same on reverse.  Plus pay over $2000 in taxes and fuel surcharges.  Went to London first this past October, again over $2000 in taxes and fuel surcharges.  Wanted to use the companion ticket with a paid ticket, but you can’t do that either.  The BA First Class experience is lovely, enjoyed both trips with them, but the hassle and extra fees make it not worth while, IMHO.

  • KissimmeeSue

    My BA cc is due for renewal and I probably won’t renew it.  It is extremely difficult and expensive to use the companion voucher.  We flew first from EWR to Lisbon 11/11.  The best layover in Heathrow was 12 hours.  We did some touring in Windsor, so it worked ok.  Wanted to go to Venice, no FF seats that didn’t require landing in Heathrow from US, then get yourself to Gatwick to fly to Venice, same on reverse.  Plus pay over $2000 in taxes and fuel surcharges.  Went to London first this past October, again over $2000 in taxes and fuel surcharges.  Wanted to use the companion ticket with a paid ticket, but you can’t do that either.  The BA First Class experience is lovely, enjoyed both trips with them, but the hassle and extra fees make it not worth while, IMHO.

  • wassamatteryou?

    I used my Avios points to book an American Airlines flight from Eugene, OR to Heathrow for $200 in taxes. BA wanted over $800.

    Simply use the BA miles on other airlines and save the horrendous fees that BA charges.

  • KissimmeeSue

    The companion ticket cannot be used on partner airlines, only BA, so your solution doesn’t work for me, wassamatteryou?

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