Posted by sirtheta on April 6, 2017
Credit Card Offers British Airways Visa Signature

Published on April 6th, 2017 | by sirtheta

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[Expired] Chase British Airways Visa Signature – Up to 100,000 Avios Offer is Back

Bonus has now expired and is 50,000 after $3,000 and an additional 25,000 after $10,000 in the first 12 months. Can now get a maximum of 75,000 points instead of 100,000.

Prior to mid-2016, the Chase British Airways Visa Signature card offer a signup bonus of 50,000 Avios after spending $2,000 within 3 months, an additional 25,000 Avios after spending $10,000 within 12 months, and an additional 25,000 Avios after spending $20,000 within 12 months—a grand total of 100,000 Avios after spending $20,000 within 12 months. Unfortunately, Chase then eliminated the additional 25,000 Avios tiers and upped the minimum spend to $3,000, which is the offer currently displayed on Chase’s website.

I don’t know when this reappeared, but if you go to British Airways’s website…

The Offer

Direct link to offer. (the “Apply now” button works and the application ID is different from the normal offer. I’d still take a screenshot, though!)

  • $95 annual fee is not waived.
  • Earn 50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of cardmembership.
  • Earn an additional 25,000 Avios after spending $10,000 in the first 12 months of cardmembership.
    • Earn a total of 75,000 Avios after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of cardmembership AND a total of $10,000 in the first 12 months of cardmembership. (85,000 Avios counting the 10,000 Avios from spending.)
  • Earn an additional 25,000 Avios after spending $20,000 in the first 12 months of cardmembership.
    • Earn a total of 100,000 Avios after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of cardmembership AND a total of $20,000 in the first 12 months of cardmembership. (120,000 Avios counting the 20,000 Avios from spending.)

Card Details

  • Chase’s 5/24 rule does not apply to this card.
  • Earns 3 Avios per $ on British Airways purchases
  • Earns 1 Avios per $ on all other purchases

Matching

As a general rule, Chase does match offers. Because the 50,000 offer on Chase’s website does not waive the annual fee, you shouldn’t have any trouble if you applied within the last 90 days and request a match via secure message. In the comments of our article on the old 100,000 Avios offer, there are a few year-and-a-half old data points of people being matched from 50,000 Avios to 100,000 Avios.

Our Verdict

British Airways is a oneworld partner with a distance-based award chart, and Avios is a transfer partner of both the Ultimate Rewards program & the Membership Rewards program (as well as SPG). All good, except that British Airways is notorious for its high fuel surcharges (though there are exceptions – see this MileValue post). There’s still plenty of value to be had in Avios, though, and 6 Avios per $ is generally considered to be a very good deal (spending $20,000 yields 20,000 base Avios and 100,000 signup Avios). You’ll likely want to delve into British Airway’s award chart, partner chart, and fuel surcharges to get a better idea of whether to go for the full bonus.

You should always use this offer if you plan to apply for the British Airways card, regardless of whether you plan to spend $20,000 within the first 12 months. You still get 50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 within 3 months, but you leave open the option to accrue more. And if you plan to hit the full 100,000 bonus, you may want to consider going for the additional spending bonus of a “Travel Together” ticket, which is awarded after spending $30,000 in a calendar year. (You should read more about Travel Together tickets on British Airways’s website – they aren’t very good, but it’s only another $10,000 in spending. And you’d have about 9 months from today, April 6, to hit $30,000 in spending.)

If you’re considering applying for this card, you’ll first want to read about these things everybody should know about Chase credit cards.

Questions, comments, etc.? Drop them below.



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MJG
MJG

This is intriguing, as I’m about to go beyond 5/24 in the next couple of months. Two questions:

1) Any guess as to how long this sticks around?

2) Can the travel together ticket be used only on BA metal? I’m wondering if there’s a way to use it without incurring BA’s ridiculous fees on US to London flights.

MJG
MJG

Okay, it looks like the travel together ticket *does* need to be used on all BA metal, without any codeshares. Which makes it totally worthless, IMO, because you are only going to see availability for flights to London which will come with $600+ fees (about as much as the ticket is worth to begin with). And it has to be a US to Europe and back flight, so there’s no other way to use it. With a crap valuation like that, they should give it to you after first purchase and not after $30K.

William Charles

1: No idea

Justin
Justin

Good value considering American flights in America and Alaska both avoid surcharges. Thanks for the link to the surcharge article

Daniel
Daniel

What is Chase’s rule on receiving a bonus for a card you already had. I had the Chase BA card but it was a number of years ago. Thanks.

TomT
TomT

Right on the page using the Offer Terms link: “This product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this credit card within the last 24 months.”

Jay
Jay

I got my sign-up bonus last time on 5/22/2015 but closed my BA card around June 2016. If this is still around June 2017, would I be eligible? It sounds like from the terms but I’m not 100% sure.

Jason
Jason

Every 24 months generally

Kent C
Kent C

Wife cancelled this card 2.5 years ago. Just reapplied 2 weeks ago and she was approved, not instantly, but no call necessary. Also she is at approx 22/24. So data points are correct.

David
David

For domestic flights on AA/Alaska and short hops internationally BA is great!! That said, I can never seem to burn through my stash from signup bonuses & Amex MR bonuses on transfers long ago and getting 50k every 2yrs from this card.

For me, spending an extra $17k on this card for an extra 50k Avios takes my ability away from meeting the spends on 4-6 other cards that will probably give me 4-6x the value of 50k avíos so this has never been worth it for me personally to go for the 100k. Basically it’s 3.5 Avios per mile after the initial 50k which doesn’t fit my goals right now. I’m miles rich, hotel points poor! Makes sense for the super high spenders to tackle.

Mser
Mser

Meeting min spend is a doddle. Why is this even a consideration to people?

Dustin
Dustin

For the total 100,000 miles = 66 $500 gcs x 6.95= $458.70
33 MOs @WM =23.10
$481.80+transportation costs for 100k, so take your valuation of 100k and see if it is worth ~$500

William Charles

Not everybody wants to/can MS.

bob
bob

ugh would be nice if the spend wasn’t so high

fathiss
fathiss

Thanks for this. Just requested match to spouse’s newly approved card through SM. Will see if response is as usual.

William Charles

Please let us know 🙂

Paul
Paul

Woohoo! Glad to see this offer return.

prussiablue
prussiablue

Not sure if I can justify the extra 17k spend just for 50k Avious…

Lantean
Lantean

this…

Trung
Trung

“Earn a total of 100,000 Avios after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of cardmembership & 20,000 in the first 12 months of cardmembership.” I don’t see 100k after 3k but I do see 100k after 30k in your calendar year.

Matt
Matt

Hope it stays for 3 months…no way I can do this with the meryl + I just got (don’t MS here – live in an impossible area).

The Value Traveler
The Value Traveler

Am I reading this article correctly as 5/24 does NOT apply to this offer? These miles are good for Alaska

Kent C
Kent C

Read my comment above.

The Value Traveler
The Value Traveler

Excellent DP! Thanks.

Sam
Sam

Avios are kinda crappy tbh. People say they are great for domestic flights, but the availability is usually terrible. Flights are usually available on the worst dates during the worst times if they are even available at all. Unless you live in an AA hub that flys to a particular route several times a day don’t expect to be able to easily make travel plans.

Avios are a decent way to upgrade to business class though, for transcon flights, if you don’t mind large fuel surcharges.

Mark
Mark

They are useful for transferring to Iberia and for booking Aer Lingus flights.

Adam D
Adam D

I agree, this are below skypesos in the totem pole…Couldnt find a availability for a chicago-vegas flight in a weekday and south east asia redemotions are the stingiest among any imo.

Moe
Moe

On you comparison table for Time-Related Rules for applying for Chase cards, I only saw info for cards which have the 5/24 rule. How about BA card? How many recent inquiries allowed (credit report limitations)?
Thank you

MontyFC
MontyFC

Every Chase United Explorer card post that I saw on the blog, promoted the card with 70K offer and never included the 10K miles one can earn by spending 25K in a year.

Any reason why BA card is listed with different parameters (50K+25K+25K)?

Abey
Abey

when does this offer expire?

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