It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Like many of you, I’m sure, I have the British Airways Visa card thanks to the 100,000 mile sign-up bonus they offered a couple of years ago. I’ve actually found the card to be pretty valuable in the meantime, between their elimination of foreign transaction fees and generous stopover rules. My goal at the beginning of 2011 was to switch all my spending to the British Airways Visa until I earned the British Airways companion certificate, after $30,000 in spend within the calendar year. The British Airways companion certificate lets you book two passengers for the cost of one on a British Airways metal award (only in terms of miles, though… both passengers have to pay taxes and surcharges).
Last year I figured it would be unrealistic to spend the $30,000 on the credit card, given that I put virtually no effort into using the card for the first half of the year.
Well, I nearly fell out of my chair this morning when I logged into my British Airways account, only to find this message at the top of my account:
I logged onto my Chase account to do the math on just how much I spent last year on that card. After crunching the numbers, I figured out that my total spend, by chance, was $30,100. Man, guess I should be happy I became addicted to Starbucks last year, or else I wouldn’t have hit the target.
Now I’ve gotta find someone that actually wants to travel with me… hmmm…
And before anyone asks, no, not all of that spend was “actual” spend. A majority of it was just credit card spend to generate miles with little to no cost.