British Airways 100,000 Avios Point Card is Back! [Expired]

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Link:  British Airways 100,000 Avios points card

Link:  Alternative British Airways 100,000 point offer

Just a quick post to let folks know that longhorn11 found a link to the Chase British Airways 100,000 Avios points card in this FlyerTalk post.

Chase is really, really making it hard to keep up with these offers!

I suspect that more cards will have such tiered spending requirements to get the full sign – up bonus.  Why give large sign-on bonuses away easily, when you can make the consumer work for it?

So spending $20,000 within the 1st 12 months or $1,667 per month gets you the extra 50,000 points, plus 25,000 points for the base spending ($20,000 X 1.25 miles per $1 spent).

  • You will get 50,000 bonus Avios points after your first use of the card
  • 25,000 bonus Avios points after you make $10,000 in purchases within the first year of account opening
  • Plus an additional 25,000 bonus Avios points after you make an additional $10,000 in purchases also within the first year of account opening

The first year fee is $95.  So you’re essentially getting at least 50,000 British Airways Avios points for $95.

Interestingly, Chase has learned from their debacle last year, where high fuel surcharges on British Airways award flights  annoyed customers.  Here’s what they say in the offer.

Did you know that for just 80,000 Avios and approximately $1100 in taxes, fees and surcharges, you can fly roundtrip in business class from New York to London? Compare an award ticket to the cost of a business class ticket and see how much you will save with the British Airways Visa Signature card.

It is nice of them to acknowledge in the terms of the offer that you’ll pay fuel surcharges on your award ticket (unless redeemed for flights on American Airlines or Alaska Airlines within the Americas, on LAN, or for flights departing from Brazil)

And here’s what the terms say:

Reward Flights
At time of publication all reward flights and travel together tickets are subject to fuel surcharges, taxes & fees of approximately $650 per person in economy or $1,100 in business class based on travel from New York to London.

It has been a very busy week for me at work, so I won’t go into more detail now (more coming up later), but this is a better deal on the British Airways card than the usual 50,000 Avios points.

Personally, I quite like the new British Airways Avios points.  They are great for short distance flights.   And I’ll pay the $800 in fuel surcharges to fly in Business or First Class to Europe on a British Airways flight.  Yes, it is not ideal, but I’m still traveling for much less than the price of a coach ticket.

Check out my British Airways First Class trip report with Emily!

And British Airways has terrific award availability to Europe.  Check my post on using American Airline miles to see just how many US cities are served by British Airways.

However, you can also use British Airways Avios points to get to South America on American Airlines or LAN without fuel surcharges or for travel within the US on American Airlines or Alaska Airlines (preferably on short flights because British Airways has a distance based chart).

I’ve written a post on how to search for British Airways awards as part of my “Redeem American Airlines Miles Like a Pro Series” and the next series was going to be on using the British Airways Avios program!

Stay tuned for more British Airways posts soon, and my detailed review of this card.  It is a good offer and I do recommend collecting points in different programs for added flexibility.  I’d much rather get  a separate credit card offering a sign up bonus of Avios points than transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Avios.

Stay tuned for more detailed posts on this offer and on the British Airways program.  Now, I’ve got to go explain to Emily why 10 minutes turned into 1+ hour in front of the computer. 🙂

Link:  British Airways 100,000 Avios points card

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249 responses to “British Airways 100,000 Avios Point Card is Back! [Expired]

  1. Darius, you mention in your November 2012 credit card wrap-o-rama that you will wind up transferring your Hawaiian airline points toHilton. Do you know if you can transfer United miles to hotels such as Hyatt or Marriott? thanks

  2. Thanks Darius but you can transfer your Chase ultimate rewards to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio? and if so i think you said it is instant? thanks

    • @Brandon – You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Hyatt at 1:1 ratio if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold/Plus, or the JP Morgan Select card. In my experience, it is instant, but sometimes could take a few days.

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  6. Hi Darius.

    I thought when I signed up for the British Airway card I would receive 50000 avios at first year renewal without doing anything out of the ordinary but can’t seem to find evidence to that effect. Did I misread something back in May of last year when I applied?

  7. If there was a version where the cardholder would get another 50000 avios at the first anniversary without doing anything special – that is the one I signed up for – but cannot find the details of it now. Would the Chase be able to tell me? I remember reading comments that an additional 50000 avios for a $95 annual fee was a good deal.

  8. Thanks Darius, With that additional information I found your post. http://millionmilesecrets.com/2011/11/05/100000-mile-british-airways-credit-card-is-back/

    Chase also confirmed the additional 50000 avios that I will receive next month.

    Just used 15000 avios for a trip from DFW to ORD.

  9. Darius – any updates on the new card offer from Chase? 50,000 Avios and a companion ticket after $30k in calendar year spending. I can probably hit the spend by 12/31/13 but what kind of fees will i get hit with from LAX-TLV sometime in the summer of 2014? I will try to do the math but your input is appreciated.

    • @Ore – The current offer is for 50,000 miles and you get a companion ticket after spending $30,000 within 1 calendar year. This companion ticket is worth using only on business class or frst class awards because the fees will be around $1,000 per person for a roundtrip.