The British Airways Credit Card 100K Avios Bonus Is Back

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A popular increased sign-up bonus has returned on the British Airways Visa Signature® Card. This is a card I have and one that I think offers a great bonus that’s worth taking advantage of. In general there are a few things that make this card interesting for many:

  • The card isn’t subjected to the 5/24 rule
  • The card has a great sign-up bonus that incentivizes incremental spend, and is potentially rewarding for spend long term, given the companion ticket it offers
  • The welcome bonus is available to those who don’t currently have the card and also haven’t received a new cardmember bonus in the past 24 months, so many people should be eligible for the offer

The British Airways Visa Card currently has a sign-up bonus of up to 100,000 Avios, though there are significant spend thresholds involved:

  • 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening
  • 25,000 additional bonus Avios after you spend $10,000 total on purchases within your first year from account opening
  • 25,000 additional bonus Avios after you spend $20,000 total on purchases within your first year from account opening

The card has a $95 annual fee, which isn’t waived the first year.

In my opinion it could make sense to get the British Airways Visa Card even if you weren’t planning on completing $20,000 of spend on the card in the first year. That’s because the 50,000 Avios bonus is as big as the offer usually gets for $3,000 of spend, so you’re not going to get a bigger bonus at that threshold — earning 50,000 Avios for $3,000 of spend is a great return.

But if you are a big credit card spender, it could make a lot of sense to put additional spend on the card, in my opinion. Once you’ve earned the first 50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 within three months, you earn:

  • 25,000 bonus Avios for the next $7,000 you spend (which is a total of ~4.6 Avios per incremental dollar of spend)
  • 25,000 bonus Avios for the $10,000 you spend (which is 3.5 Avios per incremental dollar of spend)

That’s a really solid return across the board, in my opinion. Also keep in mind that the card offers a Travel Together Ticket for any calendar year in which you spend $30,000 on the British Airways Visa Card, so at that point you’re only $10,000 from reaching that threshold. This certificate can be a great deal, though keep in mind you have to pay British Airways’ hefty carrier imposed surcharges for both passengers if you redeem this.

Bottom line

I know a lot of people had this card almost a decade ago, so many people may not realize that they’re eligible to be approved for this card again. The sign-up bonus on the British Airways Visa Card is great, regardless of whether you’re going for the 50,000 Avios upon completing minimum spend, or plan to spend all the way to 100,000 bonus Avios, which represents a good deal for big spenders as well.

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Comments

  1. Hi Ben,

    Would you or one of your writers please do a comparison of BA, Iberia, Aer AVIOS
    and highlight strengths and weaknesses in one article? Chase is offering the same signup bonus for all three carriers, so I think it will be helpful to your readers in deciding which card to choose. Thanks very much.

  2. such a shame we don’t get sign up bonuses like this in the UK. way to rub it in BA…

  3. BA is also currently offering a 50% bonus on avios purchased between April 23 – May 8th. Can buy up to 200,000 + 100,000 bonus.

  4. If you spend 30K by in 2018, is your companion ticket good only for the rest of 2018? Or valid in 2019 as well?

  5. @Ryan you can transfer Avios between BA/Iberia/Aer Lingus so you can choose any card. I signed up for the BA card 1.5 years back and just transferred to Iberia during a recent 25% sale for BOS/ORD-MAD.

  6. Got this card back in February with the 75K bonus. Have been having major issues getting the Avios to post. Chase states that they are sending the info to BA, however BA states that they don’t have anything from Chase. I have had to conference call the BA agent and Chase and let them duke it out with me on the call about the Avios. Been a major pain. Very close to my 25K bonus, then I will be shelving this card. Too much of a hassle.

  7. Just got back from a PHL-EDI-LHR-PHL trip on BA in first because of this card and the sign up bonus. This is actually the second time I’ve been able to fly to London and back with the Misses in First because of this card. BA first may be “the nicest business class” but it’s still a great way to get to London. Of course, I am able to put business spend on the card so hitting the $30k is much easier. I may have the misses apply for this so we can get the 100k points and do it all over again in a year or two.

  8. @ Ben — Not officially subject to 5/24, but numerous reports indicate Chase may close all of your accounts if you exceed 10/12.

  9. @Joachim
    Yes I’m aware of the transferability. I’m not familiar, however, relative sweet spots of Iberia and AER as much I know of BA. So that’s why I asked for help.

  10. @Ryan Yuk – I very much agree with your comment on learning more about the ability to transfer between the various programs!

  11. Had this card for many years. Even used the 2:1 a couple times for biz class awards london on beyond.
    What a pain in the ass to find availability. Horrible to use the BA web site as a US customer, despite its occasional Oneworld utility. Skyping calls to no-hold BA support in 3rd party countries was sometimes useful.

  12. @P.S. your travel companion voucher is good for two years from the date you receive your voucher. So say you hit the require spending in Aug 2018, you will get your voucher in Sept 2018 and you have two years to use it. Depending which US cities you are flying from, nyc to heathrow has tons of 1st class availability while Sf/ lax to heathrow tickets are hard to come by.

  13. Even though I am based in the US, can I use this companion voucher for a non-US based flights?…let’s say, from London to the Seychelles (Mahe) ?…or is it valid only on those flights that go to/from the US?…
    I also wonder if the companion voucher is good for one way flights or the round trip is required?…the answers to these question will determine if I go for this card or not, I guess…

  14. Is there any way to know how long this offer will be available? I’d like to wait a few more weeks before getting this card (trying to finish spending reqts on another one first).

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