British Airways Visa Signature Card

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Link: British Airways Visa Signature® Card

While it’s no longer the days of mega-sign up bonuses, the British Airways Visa Signature® Card has continued to offer a generous 50,000 Avios bonus after spending $2,000 on the card within three months. Avios are simultaneously one of the most valuable and least valuable points currencies. If you’re redeeming for longhaul flights they’re almost always a bad value, while if you’re redeeming for shorthaul travel and for travel on airlines which don’t impose fuel surcharges, Avios can be invaluable. The British Airways Travel Together Ticket can also be a great deal!

Meanwhile it’s worth pointing out that there’s also a link out there right now waiving the first year’s annual fee on the Chase Fairmont Visa Card, which is another excellent card.

If you’ve been eying either of these cards, this is probably about as good as it gets!

(Tip of the hat to Online Travel Review)

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Comments

  1. If I have had this card in the past, how long do I need to wait (roughly) in order to apply and be eligible for this sign-up bonus?

  2. With the 2 for 1 coupon you get for BA, the deal gets even better. We have twice flown BA First Class SFO-LHR round trip for a total of 150,000 miles (plus taxes)

  3. @ Riposte — With Chase it really depends on the person. Some report it’s necessary to wait 36 months between applications on the same card, some report longer, and some report shorter.

  4. Avios are really awesome. Went round trip to Toronto and Detroit from NYC, only 9k Avios rt

  5. RE: the length of wait between card bonus, is there a sure way of finding out? can we call Chase & ask if we reply now will we get the bonus? so we dont waste a time/money/cc pull. any other ideas?

  6. @ DJ — Generally not. I suppose you could secure message them and ask, though chances are if you explain you’ve had the card in the past they’ll inform you that you’re not eligible for the bonus again.

  7. One data point:
    April 2011 got BA card
    April 2012 cancelled BA card
    June 2013 got BA card again and bonus posted no problem

  8. My father-in-law recently applied for and received this card (30-60 days). Do you think he could ask to have the fee retroactively waived? Do I send a secure message?

  9. @ Flip — You can certainly try, though the issue is that this doesn’t seem to be a “published” offer. If it were they’d probably match it, but regardless it can’t hurt to try.

  10. What is the number for reconsideration line? I cancelled my BA Card in March and just applied but got no response. It’s been 90 days so I thought I might be able to get it. The email said they would make a decision in the next 30 days but I don’t see a reference number in the email that I could give to a Chase rep.

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