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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!