British Airways 100,000 Point Offer Ends on June 7, 2012 & A Different British Air 100,000 Point Offer [Expired]

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British Airways 100,000 Point Offer Ends on June 7, 2012 & A Different British Air 100,000 Point Offer [Expired]

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Chase has confirmed that the 100,000 British Airways offer where you get 50,000 Avios points after your 1st purchase, 25,000 extra Avios after spending $10,000 and another 25,000 Avios after spending another $10,000 within 1 calendar year will end on June 7, 2012.

I don’t see this as the end of the world because I don’t consider the Chase British Airways offer as the best deal on the market.

In my opinion, getting 2 Citi American Airlines cards for 50,000 miles each or 100,000 miles in total is MUCH better than the Chase British Airways deal.

That said, Avios does have its uses – particularly for short haul travel within the US, travel to South America, and multi-continent hops with no or low fuel surcharges.  And Avios points are great for travel to Europe if you are willing to pay fuel surcharges (~$400 each way) for a Business or First Class seat.

Different British Airways 100,000 Point Offer

In November last year, I wrote about a British Airways credit card offer for 100,000 points when you book a ticket on British Airways.

The offer suggests that you have to buy a ticket to be able to apply for the credit card, but readers and folks on FlyerTalk have figured out a way to get the credit card without buying a ticket.

This offer is much better for folks who don’t spend a lot because you get 50,000 points after your 1st purchase and another 50,000 points after 1 year.

So you pay the annual fee twice ($75 X 2) to get the full sign-on bonus, but you get 100,000 Avios points.  This is much better for folks who don’t want to spend $20,000 to get the full 100,000 points with the regular Chase offer for the British Airways credit card.

Bottom Line:  I wouldn’t go out of my way to apply for the British Airways 100,000 point card and June 7 is a long time away!

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ADIOS BRITS! You want us to pay full price of the flight cost in fuel surcharge plus all the points we earn for international?

I’d say ADIOS not AVIOS!

The roundtrip to london from chicago is always around or less than $700 sometimes even $500. but the BRITS wants 50k avios plus $700? That’s insane!

@Ken, etc.

I have had the BA card and the SW card multiple times over the years – maybe 4 times each – and the SW cards were all the same one, BA too. I don’t know why it worked. I didn’t even have to call or write for the bonuses.

Two possibilities: I bank with Chase (and Wamu before that) and I have not had any other Chase cards until this last few months. I have just given up my BA card and will be giving up my SW card in a week. I may try for a new BA one next year and then we’ll see if it was a fluke or maybe I have some special mark on my record at Chase 🙂

Reminds me of the time we flew to Mexico and at each airport, SFO, DFW, MEX, MEX, DFW I was searched head to toe, swabs for gunpowder residue, the “puffy” machine, the works … after the fifth airport I got a bit annoyed and asked why they were picking on me. I said, “is there something tattooed on my forehead?” and the TSA woman says, “No, it’s stamped right here on your boarding pass”!! and she showed me some stamp that had been put on all my boarding passes for the whole trip.

@toadhollow – With Chase cards, you cannot get the bonus twice. Usually Chase will not even let you get the same card another time let alone the bonus points.

Daraius,

My wife and I each had the BA card from last year’s 100,000 promo….we canceled in April this year before our annual fee was due….the T&C’s on the “different mode” say for first time only members. What is the chance of us getting this second promo? Should we wait 18 months from first application and then apply?

Thanks!

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@toadhollow @Ken – Some folks on the FlyerTalk thread have indicated that they were able to get the points again. But I have no personal experience, and as Ken writes, Chase is usually pretty strict about not letting you get the bonus for the same card again. I’d apply if you can spare the inquiry, otherwise not.

Thanks so much for breaking it down for me, Daraius! You rock, as always. I was not aware of this card’s benefits for airfare. I am sincerely considering to get this card now — there are multiple card offers listed in Flyertalk, but most of these cards are targeted; do you know the best offer out there or should I wait for a better of the ones out there?

Btw, for other travel expenses such as Hotels, Car Rentals, and Dining, do you think Chase Sapphire Preferred gives a good value for the bucks? Any suggestions?

Sorry for asking so many questions in this unrelated thread of yours — I promise this will be my last question :-). Thanks for the help, buddy!

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@Abhi – You’re welcome. If you’re after cash back, the best option could be to buy $500 gift cards with your Chase Ink Bold at Office Supply stores for 5X points and then redeem those for travel. You’d come out ahead even with the $6 to $7 fee per gift card. For example, $500 gift card + $6 fee = 506 X 5 Ultimate Rewards points = 2,530 Ultimate Reward points. These are worth $25 if redeemed for cash back or more if you redeem for travel via the Ultimate Rewards portal (less the $6 purchase fee for the gift card.).

The best current offer for the personal PRG is listed on the Bank Points credit card tab for 25K points. AMEX has occasional 1 day deals where you can get 50 to 75K on the Business Gold version after spending $5K to $10K within 3 to 4 months. If you’re after cash back, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a good option.

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