The New British Airways Card Sign-Up Bonus

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Last week the sign-up bonus was changed on the British Airways Visa Signature® Card. Up until then the card offered a sign-up bonus of up to 100,000 Avios upon completing minimum spend, though the minimum spend requirement was $20,000, which is significant.

We had warning that the sign-up bonus on the card would be changing, and indeed the offer has changed. The good news is that the offer hasn’t changed that much.

The British Airways Visa is now offering a sign-up bonus of up to 75,000 Avios upon completing minimum spend, as follows:

  • Earn 50,000 bonus Avios after spending $3,000 within the first three months
  • Earn an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after spending a total of $10,000 within the first year

The only part of the offer that’s no longer available is that you don’t earn an additional 25,000 Avios for spending a total of $20,000 within the first year. The card still has a $95 annual fee.

If you’re someone who is a big spender and would have put $20,000 of spend on the card in the first year, then it might make sense to wait for the next offer of up to 100,000 Avios.

However, if you’re someone who was planning on putting less spend than that on the card, then this offer is just as good. It can absolutely make sense to get this card even if you only plan on earning 50,000 Avios through the sign-up bonus, as that’s a great bonus for just $3,000 of spend.

If you’re considering applying for the British Airways Visa, anecdotally this is one of the easier Chase cards to be approved for. Along with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, the card isn’t subjected to Chase’s 5/24 rule, meaning that you can be approved for the card even if you’ve opened five or more card accounts in the past 24 months. You’re eligible for the bonus as long as you don’t currently have the card, and haven’t received a welcome bonus on the card in the past 24 months. So if you’re someone who had this card a long time ago, you’re still eligible for the bonus.

For tips on how you can redeem your British Airways Avios, see this post.

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  1. If I opened the card in 3/3/15, received the sign-up bonus within one month of opening (4/3/2015), and then closed the card in 5/3/16, would I still qualify to get the bonus? Technically, I’ve had the card in the last 24 months, but I have NOT received the bonus in the last 24 months.

  2. @Ryan, I believe Lucky is right – it is not when you closed the card that matters, but when you previously received the bonus in the case of the BA card. I’d been interested in Lucky’s take on why it is that a few cards aren’t restricted by 5/24 while most are. Is that a separate deal between Chase and BA, for example, in which the airline specifically rejects the 5/24 restrictions, or are the terms to Chase for the BA card so much different that Chase itself doesn’t want to apply those rules.

  3. Try to cash those Avios from the US to Heathrow ! Good luck ! (500,000 Avios and several companion vouchers expiring soon in my account)

  4. Even though you don’t have to worry about the 5/24 wIll Chase count it as 1 when they tally you up for applying for other cards?

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