British Airways Visa 100K Avios Sign-Up Bonus Is Back

Update: This offer for the British Airways Visa Signature® Card is expired. Please check out the current list of the best current travel credit cards.

The Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card is once again offering a sign-up bonus of up to 100,000 Avios, similar to the promotions they’ve run a couple of times in the past two years.

The bonus structure is as follows:

  • You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • 25,000 bonus Avios after $10,000 in purchases within the first year of account opening.
  • Plus an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you make an additional $10,000 in purchases also within the first year of account opening.

The card’s annual fee is $95, which isn’t waived for the first year.

One of the best benefits of this card is the companion certificate you receive with the card for spending $30,000 in a calendar year. If you take advantage of the full sign-up bonus and spend $20,000 on the card, then you’re only $10,000 away from the $30,000 threshold anyway.

The companion certificate allows you to book an award ticket on British Airways for two people, but only pay the Avios required for one passenger. Admittedly there are big taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges for both passengers, but in light of the devaluations we’ve seen at some other airlines, that can still be a good deal.

Otherwise you can redeem Avios for travel on some partner airlines without fuel surcharges. For example, there are no fuel surcharges (or very mild fuel surcharges) for travel on Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Alaska, and LAN. There are also no fuel surcharges for American flights within the US and to South America.

While perhaps not the most aspirational points currency out there, I’ve always found Avios to be incredibly useful. I’ve redeemed them a ton for last minute domestic flying on American and Alaska. And since they have a distance based award chart I’ve also used them for travel within Asia, Australia, and South America.

Comments

  1. This is another blog since yesterday witha link that does not really work. I’d assume one would have to send a message to customer service to confirm the extra bonuses.

  2. The issue is that while BA’s landing page might work, the application page is dead. I have tried this on three different browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari on a Mac) in the past 12 hours and have not found a way that works — if some people can still see the application, it would be good to know what they’re doing.

  3. Got this card back in 2009 when the spend requirements weren’t nearly that much for 100K offers 🙂

    I guess a lot of people complain about Avios because of BA fees (and flying through LHR!) and inability to do crazy routings with stopovers & open-jaws for a single ticket price. But, as Lucky mentioned, distance award chart is very valuable for short Point A to Point B trips (including Europe). And most partners can be booked online 🙂

    P.S. BA recently closed US call center. I’ve been hearing a lot of negative things about the UK operations. Has anyone had any experience with them and what are the best ways to deal with BA when you have to book/modify something over the phone?

  4. Hi,

    How often do they have this offer? Only once a year or is there a chance it will come up again soon?

    Thanks!

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