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Emily gets the British Airways 100,000 Point Bonus!

Emily gets the British Airways 100,000 Point Bonus!

Million Mile SecretsEmily gets the British Airways 100,000 Point Bonus!Million Mile Secrets Team

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[Emily and I get a referral for the regular British Airways 100,000 point credit card, but not for the other (potentially better) British Airways offer mentioned in the post.]

Link:  British Airways 100,000 Avios points card – Expires on July 18

Link:  Alternative British Airways 100,000 point offer – Expiry Unknown

We just returned from our Honeymoon in Paris using the Chase British Airways Travel Together ticket!  We had a wonderful time flying British Airways First Class, staying in a suite at the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris, and exploring Paris!  But you may already know this if you were following our quick Facebook updates.

On our way back from Paris in British Airways First Class

We both got the Chase British Airways credit card in 2009 –  the first time the 100,000 point bonus was offered.  Last year, I spent $30,000 on the British Airways credit card and got a Travel Together ticket which I used to book our flights to Paris. I paid ~$750 in taxes and fees for each First Class ticket, which is less than the price of a coach ticket to Europe.

Readers often ask if you can get the sign-up bonus on the Chase British Airways card for a second time.

In general, you can’t get the sign-up bonus for the same Chase card again, unless it is a different product.  For example, the Chase United Mileage Plus (no longer available) is considered a different product from the Chase United Explorer card.

Emily applied for the Chase British Airways 100,000 point card on June 4 (about 2.5 years after she got the card for the 1st time and about a year since she cancelled the card) and called the reconsideration line to get approved the same day.  We applied for the regular version (50,000 points after 1st purchase, 25,000 points after spending $10,000 within a year, and another 25,000 points after spending another $10,000) and not the alternative version.

That’s because we may be able to complete $30,000 in spending to get the 2-for-1 redemption thanks to Frequent Miler’s tips and making loans to Kiva.  And we’d rather get the full 100,000 points sooner rather than later (you have to wait 1 year for the full 100,000 points with the alternative version, but the minimum spending requirements are much lower).

However, we were in a hurry while completing the online application and left the field for the British Airways Executive Club membership number blank.   We got the card within a week and on the front of the card was a new British Airways Executive Club number!

We then reset the password for the new British Airways Executive Club account at BA.com and added it to your Award Wallet account.  And a few days ago, that account was updated with 50,000 points!

This was Emily’s experience, but as always, your experience could be different.  However, there are folks on this FlyerTalk thread who have received the bonus for the British Airways card again as well.

Bottom Line:  I like British Airways Avios points because they are a great compliment to my miles and point toolkit for short distance flights.  And I also like the Chase British Airways Travel Together Ticket which I will use for a 2-for-1 redemption to Europe later on.

I wasn’t expecting to get the bonus for a second time, but will gladly pay the $95 for the bonus points and another shot at the Travel Together ticket.

 

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THE HORNEY TRAVELER

I had Chase united mileage plus card 2 years ago. I received email from united for their explorer card 50k mile offer. Will I get the miles if I apply?

Thanks for advice!

@Darius – you said “I actually applied for the card yesterday (for the 2nd time) and I entered my existing BA number since I wasn’t in a hurry this time.”

Were you successful in getting the card and the bonus (or at least some indication of a bonus when you activated the card)? My wife recently applied for her second card using the dummy booking method — she got the card, the CSR cited the bonus upon activation, but we are still waiting for the first statement to close.

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@pianodude – Emily got the bonus, but I’m still waiting for my statement to close.

First, congrats on the wedding and wish you two the best.

“left the field for the British Airways Executive Club membership number blank.” Really? And you do not even try to hide it but on the contrary, you make the sentence bold so no one misses it.

I honestly love great deals and the idea of mileage/points travel. There has to be, however, ethical standards. You have “Million Miles” and more yet you resort to such tactics. We usually calculate miles in terms of pennies but in this case it is costing you a little more (this is just my opinion).

I know that I have the choice to read or not read your posts. I just did not think you were that type of a person.

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@Acker – Thanks for sharing!

@Dee Tee
– Thanks for your wishes and for your thoughtful comment. I actually applied for the card yesterday (for the 2nd time) and I entered my existing BA number since I wasn’t in a hurry this time.

Approved (via ba.com ORD-LHR flexible) for the 50 +25 +25 (best choice for me) and I took them up on offer to expediate card – hope it arrives tomorrow. My plan is to meet initial 10k spend w/in 10 days so fingers crossed. Chase moved 6k credit from Onepass card to this new card.

So here’s something interesting…had to share with you! my buddy needed to fly to london on short notice…he booked this yesterday using miles & avios pts.

july 11th-17th jfk-lhr R/T…booked for first class with 1 day notice. best option…120k avios & $1091. worst option 60k avios & $2000…either way he got a $17000 tix for cheap!!!! crazy! didnt do the breakdown of value per miles but it seems pretty good to me!

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@Steelsnow – Actually she had a minor allergic reaction, but nothing very serious. Trip report coming up soon!

@chris – Paying 120K Avios is the worst option if you want to save Avios points. But either way, your buddy got to use his points when it mattered.

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