Extended: 100,000 Avios Welcome Bonus on the British Airways Visa Card

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Have you been itching to earn a huge amount of miles with a reasonable amount of spend? If so, jump on Chase’s newest offer for the British Airways Visa Signature® Card where you can earn 100,000 British Airways Avios after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months of account ownership. This is a much more accessible offer than others we’ve seen in the past, which have required spend goals in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Welcome Bonus Details

This offer offers plenty of Avios as a welcome bonus:

  • Earn 100,000 Avios after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months your card is open
  • Earn 5x points per dollar on purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Iberia within the first 12 months of account opening
  • $95 annual fee is not waived
  • You must not currently hold the card or have received a new cardmember bonus for it in the last 24 months

The card itself is fairly decent given its $95 annual fee. You’ll get 10% off on all flights that originate in the U.S. as well as a Travel Together Ticket after spending $30,000 in a cardmember year. Be aware that the British Airways Visa card is subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule.

Maximizing British Airways Avios

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You can use your Avios to book first class tickets with Oneworld partner American Airlines. Image Credit: James Larounis

As a member of Oneworld, British Airways has access to flights from American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Royal Jordanian, and more. Even better, British Airways operates on a distance-based award chart, which can mean that you’ll save big bucks on expensive short-haul tickets. These will vary based on peak or off-peak prices, but you can find some good deals if you’re willing to be flexible with your dates.

You can, for example, spend 9,000 Avios for economy one-way short-haul domestic flights on either Alaska or American. If you’re instead itching for some transcontinental business class, you can also opt to spend 51,500 Avios to fly one-way on American’s Flagship first class from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO).

As travel expands, you may also want to consider heading to Europe. Fortunately, BA’s award chart allows for some pretty cheap transatlantic awards. If you’re willing to leave via the East Coast, you can snag economy tickets on British Airways or Aer Lingus to Dublin (DUB) or even London (LHR) from just 13,000 Avios each way. With a bonus of 100,000 Avios after the required spending, that means you can take yourself and 2 companions all the way to Europe and back!

Hot Tip: Learn the best ways to redeem British Airways Avios for award travel while avoiding high taxes and fuel surcharges in our helpful guide.

Final Thoughts

If you’re eligible for this card offer, you’ll definitely want to jump on it. It isn’t often that we see such an elevated offer for such a little amount of spend. Just remember that you (and this card) are subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule, so make sure it fits in with your future credit card plans.

Carissa Rawson

About Carissa Rawson

Carissa is a native Californian whose taste for travel began during her seven years in the US Air Force. A former Arabic translator, her first serious journey overseas was to Jordan, where a six month deployment taught her a lot about people and a little about award travel. What started as a curiosity quickly became an obsession, and soon she had launched her own website teaching others how to travel for free.

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