British Airways Chase Visa 100,000 mile sign-up bonus is back!

UPDATE: This offer is expired. You can find the best current offers here.

As reported by Gary, the British Airways Chase Visa 100,000 mile sign-up bonus from a couple of years ago is back, though with slightly different spending requirements. This time around, the card offers 50,000 miles after the first purchase, and another 50,000 miles after spending $2,500 on the card within the first three months. The offer is apparently valid through May 6, so you have a month to sign up.

I signed up for the card about 18 months ago when the offer came around for the first time, figuring it would be a card I churn, but surprisingly it still occupies prime real estate in my wallet. While my primary card right now is the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card, I love the British Airways Visa for a few reasons. First, there are no foreign transaction fees, which is huge. Second, you earn 1.25 miles per dollar spent. Third, when you spend $30,000 on the card annually, you get a free award companion certificate for travel on British Airways. Now, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, given that you actually have to fly British Airways entirely in order to use it, and they impose hefty fuel surcharges on their awards.

Even without it, there are some amazing redemption opportunities out there. Business class on a single airline to most of Asia is 100,000 miles, so you can do something like New York to Hong Kong to Bali on Cathay Pacific for 100,000 miles. First class is also a reasonable 150,000 miles. Best of all, unlimited stopovers are permitted on awards.

Awards to South America are also a real bargain, at 80,000 miles per person in business class, assuming you stick to a single airline. For example, you could do an award on LAN from New York to Lima to Santiago to Easter Island, stopping in each of those cities.

So if you don’t have the card already, this is one sign-up bonus you won’t want to miss.

Comments

  1. Does the free award companion certificate mean you essentially get a 2-for-1 on any award redemption (subject to space availability)?

  2. @ Simon — Yes, as long as travel is on British Airways, though you are responsible for the taxes on both tickets.

  3. I noted this a couple days ago, nice to see it back.

    But, how is the spending requirement different this time around?

  4. Where are you finding those award numbers? Looking at BA website, USA-South Asia is 180k, USA-Far East is 240k, no mention of USA-S America.

  5. @ tivoboy — The last sign-up offer required $2,000 of spend, this one requires $2,500 worth of spend.

    @ oleg — You’re looking at awards for travel on British Airways. You want to look at the one partner airline award chart.

  6. @ John — Chase used to have a pretty strict “one card per six month” rule, though I don’t believe it’s entirely enforced anymore. So I’m not sure, I’d say you have a shot, though it’s probably not a guarantee.

  7. @ John — A very good way around the Chase rule if you have enough credit line is to call into a lending specialist and they can drop the credit limit on one card and shift that to the new card. You may have to do some sweet talking, but they will do this. I just got the to drop the limit on my BA card (got it last time they had this offer) just last week and got them to approve both the Continental (50k) and Priority (60k) cards!

  8. Ben, is BA now charging fuel surcharges on AA int’l flts using BA miles? Also, what about Cathay (using BA miles)?

  9. @stan ath The last offer was $75 the first year. This time around, Chase is squeezing us with a $95 fee.

  10. @ oleg said — You’re looking at awards for travel on British Airways. You want to look at the one partner airline award chart.

    Who do you call? BA? Or the partner airline?

  11. On the link “offer”, the pricing that comes up on their link is $75 annual fee. When one clicks on “Apply”, the pricing comes up as $95 annual fee.

    No language on first year no annual fee,etc. I would guess they would charge $95 instead of $75. Maybe the older offer was $75 but changed it on the application page to $95.

  12. I’m new to this, so I have a couple basic questions. How long will you have to use the miles – is it 3 years? How long must you keep the card active – especially if you don’t want to continually fork out annual fees?

  13. @ Garrett — As long as there’s at least some activity in the account, the miles don’t ever expire. You have to keep the card for six months minimum, but beyond that there’s no requirement.

  14. @Mike,

    I think you can avoid those charges if you book on partner airlines.
    Check out this thread on FT
    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/oneworld/1164318-have-ba-miles-not-sure-where-go.html

    And to make it easier for you the traveler ended up with:
    Just booked my latin america trip this morning with BA… Not going until November, but I’m excited already.

    1) LAX to Buenos Aires
    2) Buenos Aires to Mendoza
    3) Mendoza to Chile (Santiago)
    4) Chile to Lima (Peru)

    2 tickets /w LAN every flight is Business Class, except the to/from flights to Mendoza where its only single cabin service.

    Total Cost in miles: 185,000
    Total Cost in taxes/fees: About $250

  15. I AM NOW IN EUROPE AND WILL BE STAYING FOR 4 MORE MONTHS , WANT THIS BA CARD AND I DO HAVE A U.S. STREET ADDRESS , BUT!!

    IF THEY SEND THE CARD TO MY U.S. ADDRESS I DO NOT WANT IT SITTING IN MY MAIL BOX , CAN I CALL CHASE AFTER THEY NOTIFY ME THAT I WAS APPROVED AND HAVE THEM CHANGE THE SHIPPING ADDRESS TO EUROPE — I DO HAVE 3 OTHER CHASE CARDS AND BANK ACCOUNTS WITH THEM IN THE STATES. –HAS ANY DON E THIS???

    OR

    CALL IN CANCEL THE CARD IN MY MAIL BOX AND TELL THEM TO RESEND A REPLACEMENT CARD TO ME IN EUROPE —- NOT CRAZY ABOUT THIS IDEA AS MY MAIL BOX IS OUT FRONT ON MY LAWN AND THE ORIGINAL CARD WILL SIT ( IF NOT STOLEN ) IN THE BOX FOR MANY MONTHS

    THANKS

  16. Lucky,

    Do you know what are the options to using the BA Companion Certificate w/o going through London and avoid the large fees for the award? Can go NA(LA) to Australia/Asia on BA metal? Thanks.

  17. the fine print says first time customers only. I got this card the first time around. is it worth applying now?

  18. If I live in PDX would I be able to do an award flight from here to Asia via Cathay Pacific if it’s just one partner airline?

  19. I have been trying to apply for this card for the past few days now, but the site won’t upload the application window. I have tried numerous computers, even from friends’, and no luck. I called Chase and B.A. and they have no idea what’s wrong. Anyone else have this problem?

  20. I’m trying to convince myself to go for this card but I’ve been trying to book some dummy awards out of PDX here and it seems PDX is in the twilight zone when it comes to BA miles as it appears to be next to impossible to get any reasonable awards, if any at all.
    I’ve heard it said somewhere that if you can find the awards available on the AA site then you should be able to use BA miles to get them, but I’m finding that’s not true. Just because you see them on AA doesn’t mean BA will have access to them.
    Unless someone can show me where I’m going wrong I guess I’ll skip this card and wait for a more PDX-friendly program.

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