British Airways 100,000 Offer is Back!

One of our favorite sign up bonuses is back. Chase has brought back the British Airways VISA Signature card 100,000 bonus Avios offer.  This is as great promotion!  This time around you get the following:

  • 50,000 Avios for spending a minimum of $2,000 within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • An additional 25,000 Avios for spending $10,000 within the first 12 months of account opening.
  • A third bonus of another 25,000 Avios for spending another $10,000 within the first 12 months. Total Avios: 100,000!!!

Why we love this offer:

The best redemption value for Avios is NOT by flying British Airways, which charges exorbitant amounts in fuel surcharges. Since British Airways has a distance-based award chart, the best use of Avios is by using them to fly on American Airlines (which is a partner of British Airways) on relatively short, domestic and international flights. For those of us based in Miami the Caribbean is an awesome way to use these points.

For instance, a roundtrip AA flight from Miami to Puerto Rico goes for 15,000 Avios points.  Similarly, Miami to Boston goes for 20,000 Avios points.  So 100,000 Avios can potentially net you up to 5 or 6 free flights depending on the distance.

If you feel daunted by the $20,000 total spending required to get the maximum 100,000 bonus, keep in mind that simply spending $1,000 in 3 months will still net you 50,000 Avios, which is still a significant bonus.  Also, you can leverage Amazon Payments for additional no cost manufactured spending. You can also refer to this article for additional tips on meeting minimum spending requirements.

Finally, the card also comes with no foreign transaction fees, which comes very handy when using the card overseas.

If you have any questions on the card and its benefits, feel free to post them on the comments section below.

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6 Responses to British Airways 100,000 Offer is Back!

  1. JJ says:

    Stupidly went for this care in my last AoR 2 months ago. Any chance/strategy that would get them to honor the new promo for me?

    • travelguys says:

      Josh, I wouldn’t say “stupidly”. There’s no way to know when these things come up, so it happens to everyone including us, so don’t be too hard on yourself. The only thing I would do is call them up and ask them to match the current offer (commonly known as “bump the bonus”). Chase has a pretty good track record of doing this, but do it ASAP. There’s a couple of months lookback period for current bonuses. Try a couple of times if needed to try to find a willing rep.

  2. Josh says:

    Cool, thanks. They wouldn’t say what they would do, just said they’d forward the request to the marketing department and I’d get something in the mail in a week on whether or not it was approved.

    Thanks for the kind words regarding ‘stupidly’ ;). As a side note, a post on timing would be beneficial, if there is anything to say. I’m constantly wondering if I should wait just a bit for a promo to come out, what promos often come out and when, best times of year for AoR, etc. On a more minute scale, I learned the hard way that AoR are best done early in the day (Barclay’s recon line was closed for me).

    • travelguys says:

      Josh, thanks for the suggestion. I think it’s a great idea for a post and we’ll write something about it. Good luck on bumping the bonus and def let us know how it went.

  3. Anjum says:

    I applied for this card about 4 years back when they had a similar promo. Think I can get the bonus again?

    • travelguys says:

      Anjum, you should be fine, as long as it’s been a couple of years since you haven’t had the card. How long has it been since you closed the account?

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