British Airways Chase Visa Signature: Get 100,000 Miles!

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Update: DEAD!!!

Worth noting: Last week I signed up for 3 Chase cards at the same time using 3 different web browsers (The BA Card, a Hyatt card, and a United card with IE, Chrome, and Firefox.  I already have 2 active Continental cards and a Freedom card although the Sapphire Preferred card and Southwest card can be good choices as well) and was able to get approved for all 3 by making a few calls to Chase’s reconsideration department (see comment #3 for some great Chase reconsideration contact numbers)
Only one hard credit pull was made.
Talk about a hat-trick, this one was worth some $3,000 in signup points!

Related: Need To Meet A Spending Threshold Deadline? Get Waived Fees On AMEX Gift Cards!

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You’ll get a total of 103,125 miles after spending $2,500 on the card, more than enough for 4 free US49/Canada round-trip tickets on AA with no added fuel surcharges! Just 1,875 miles short of 3 free tickets to Hawaii (35,000 miles each) with no added fuel surcharges and you can always transfer AMEX points to BA to make up the difference.

-Get 50,000 miles for signing up and spending $1.
-Get another 50,000 miles for spending $2,500 within 90 days.
-$95 annual fee.
-No foreign exchange fee.
-Earn 1.25 miles per dollar spent.
-Get a free companion award ticket after spending $30,000 (valid only for travel on BA, not on partners)

BA allows one-way ticket awards at half the miles of a round-trip. While AA doesn’t generally allow stopovers on any awards anymore using AA miles (except at the north american gateway city of an international award) You can use BA miles even while traveling on AA to take an unlimited amount of free stopovers, even on a one-way ticket! You can theoretically fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, stay there for a couple nights, then to Dallas for a few nights, onto Chicago for a few nights, and Cleveland for a few nights before finally flying to New York. And you can book that whole one-way ticket for just 12,500 miles and $10 tax!
A stopover ticket like this would have to be booked over the phone. You can check award availability on AA.com. BA will have access to the same sAAver awards that AA.com shows availability for.

Now here’s the thing with BA miles, they do collect fuel surcharges when you travel on most carriers. If you want to travel on BA those fuel surcharges can be quite heavy, especially on long-haul and on connecting flights. But you don’t have to travel on BA.

BA is part of the OneWorld alliance so you can also redeem to fly on OneWorld airlines (American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, JAL, LAN, Malev, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, and S7 Airlines) and they also have non-alliance partners like Aer Lingus, Alaska, and Kingfisher.

You can book some partner travel online but they don’t make it easy, you will probably need to book over the phone at 800-452-1201

Fuel surcharges are worse on some airlines than others.  While flying on BA can be very expensive you can fly on some partner airlines for much smaller fuel surcharges.

They do not currently charge fuel surcharges for travel on AA unless it’s a trans-atlantic flight. They also don’t charge fuel surcharges for travel on LAN.

BA allows families to pool miles together into a “household account.” Up to 6 people at the same address can pool their miles together!

So what are good uses for the miles? There are a few gems.
BA does not charge expedite fees. When you book an AA ticket within 21 days of departure you pay a $50-$100 expedite fee. When you book an AA flight with BA miles you don’t pay that fee.
-You can fly on AA within the US49 and Canada for just 25,000 miles with no fuel surcharges.
-You can fly on AA to Hawaii for just 35,000 miles with no fuel surcharges.
-You can fly on AA or LAN to South America for just 40,000 miles with no fuel surcharges.
-You can fly on Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong or China for just 50,000 miles.

Business class is double the coach miles and first is triple the coach miles.
A Cathay Pacific First Class (150,000 miles) ticket may have $250 in fees, but that’s still not bad on a ticket that sells for a whopping $18,000 normally!

In summary, tickets between North America and Europe or Israel will have high surcharges but there are some very good deals to be had for other tickets.

This offer is scheduled to be alive until May 5, but is subject to end at any time.

BA has a number of award charts, here are links to them:

BA Award Chart: Traveling on BA only

BA Award Chart: Traveling on one partner only

BA Award Chart: Traveling on BA and one partner

BA Award Chart: Traveling On Multiple Carriers Round The World Chart

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Crunch

Think we can avoid the $95 annual fee is we cancel within a short time?

Dan

@Crunch:
I don’t think Chase will prorate an annual fee like AMEX will.

I’m not sure if the Chase cutoff is 30 days or 60 days from when you get billed for the fee, but if you do cancel before the cutoff you will get a refund of the annual fee.
(Update: It’s 60 days according to a commenter below)

Da

In case guys have problems here are some useful Chase contacts:
Chase: 800-432-3117 (Application status)
Chase: 888-270-2127 (Application reconsideration)
Chase: 877-781-3109 (Card combining & card type changes)
Chase: 888-245-0625 (Credit Analyst reconsideration)
Chase: 888-622-7547 (Chase Executive Office)

If you have a Chase checking account you can also ask a banker in a branch to send in a reconsideration request form if you are rejected for a Chase credit card.

Dan

It’s worth noting that if you want any other Chase mileage cards if you apply for multiple cards at the same time it will still just count as 1 inquiry on your credit report and people do get approved for multiple cards that way. Just use different web browsers (Like IE, Firefox, and Chrome) and hit submit on one after the other.
Other Chase cards include:
Hyatt
United
Southwest
Continental
Sapphire Preferred (points transfer to BA, Continental, Hyatt, etc)

Math

You will actually get 103,125 miles for spending $2.5K, no?

Jeff

Just applied and got this response:

“We have received your application. Our analysts are currently reviewing your application, and our goal is to notify you within 10 days of this application. Notifications are usually sent within this time, but in some circumstances it may take up to 30 days for processing.”

Is there usually instant approval so i’m out of luck or is this the normal process?

Dan

@Math:
Correct!

@Jeff:
It’s perfectly normal to not get instant approval. Just hang in there and hope for the best!

maxime12

dan do u think that chase will let churn coz i know ussualy u cant get with chase more then once a promo and i did it last time?

chaim

@#7
just open a new british air mileage number and use it on your app and you’ll get the miles again.

Dannyboy

60 days to get fee refunded, I just canceled my BA card from last year and had 60 days from when fee was charged. I don’t think you can get around the first annual fee and keep the miles

Chaim

can you but gift cards to qualify for the 2.5k spending?

tivoboy

I saw this deal a couple days ago on the website, but very nice summary of the details dan!

Dan

@Dannyboy:
I’ve never heard of any bank ever actually taking back signup bonus miles for canceling a card.
If you get the miles within 60 days you should be able to cancel if you don’t want the card.

@Chaim:
Sure, you can buy AMEX gift cards to spend the $2,500 quickly.

@tivoboy:
No problem!

yakov

@Dan:

This a for sure thing? Or there is a chance that all will be denied and possibly blacklist yourself?

Dan

@yakov:
Many people have done it successfully with Chase, AMEX, and Citi on the DansDeals Forums. For all of them only 1 inquiry posted for apps mads at the same time like that from the same bank.

moneysaver

dan, just got the chase united card about a month ago. do you think i will get approved for this one so soon after? thanks

Dan

@moneysaver:
Try waiting 30 days between Chase apps unless you do them simultaneously.

steve

@chaim: So if I had this card last time and closed it and want to be eligible again.
Here are the steps to get the offer again:

I need to create a new BA account.
Apply for the card using the new BA number
I will then get the new miles applied to my new BA account.

Jeff

Dan, Does Chase consider Mint coins as a valid purchase? Which banks dont?

Dan

@Jeff:
Yes, Chase does count Mint coins as a purchase.

mb

Dan

I have not seen your answer. If I signed up last year can i get it again?

Dan

@mb:
For Chase I find that @chaim is correct.
Good luck!

Ariel

hi Dan,Can I open the credit card on somebody else’s name and get the miles to my BA account?

Dan

@Ariel:
Up to 6 people at the same address can pool their miles together with a BA household account:
http://www.britishairways.com/travel/echha_landing/public/en_us

JerseyGuy

Can the Travel Together Ticket you earn for spending $30K be used with an award from a partner airline?

Dan

@JerseyGuy:
As I wrote in the post, no.

Moshe

The mint thing is still going on? I thought that was very old. What other cards is it good on?

Chaim

Dan,

I know this is not the right forum but was wondering if you know of anyone who got in on the fairmont platinum deal whether they got any verifying card/paperwork to attest to lifetime status?
I haven’t received anything from fairmont or livingsocial.

btw if u can post a link to where this topic is being discussed i’d appreciate it.

Thanks dan!

Dan

@Moshe:
The Mint thing does still work….more discussion can be found on the DansDeals Forums here:
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=146.240

@Chaim:
The Fairmont deal is also being discussed at the DansDeals Forums. Here is the direct link:
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=5759.135

arye

while chase does consider mint coins valid purchases, they have been known to shut down peoples accounts who use them for large mint purchases.

Dan

@arye:
The Mint only allows $1,000 orders these days so it would be hard to make too large of a purchase.

yitz

Does similtanious mean having 2 screens open at the same time or applying 4 2 cards within a short period of time. If its the latter what is the time frame?

Dan

@yitz:
It means having 2 or 3 different web browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc) open at the same time and clicking submit one after the other.

Dan

Seems like the real beauty of BA miles is their unlimited free stopover policy. I’ve updated the post with more info about that.

Mitch

Does anyone know how many miles and how much of a surcharge it costs to get to Israel?

mb

From the terms of the offer “This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer.”

Dan

@Mitch:
65,000 miles.
The surcharge will depend on which airline you take.

@mb:
Every credit card offer says that…and yet I have still managed to get hundreds and hundreds of signup bonuses ;)

Yuda

Lets say I need to buy tickets to Israel, and to the west coast for me and my wife, in the next year. I open two cards (one for me, and one for her) spend $5000 in 90 days, plus $190 (annual fee) and walk away with 200,000 miles.
1. How much am I looking at additional fees to get to from NY to Israel and the west coast (separate trips).
2. How soon can I get (and redeem) the miles?
3. Is there any risk involved?

anon

When does offer expire?

Yuda

I see Mitch asked about that, where can I get a list of surcharges for each airline?

Dan

@Yuda:
1. NY to the west coast will be 25,000 miles and $10 tax.
NY to Israel will be 65,000 miles but the taxes for trans-atlantic flights is very high.
You will likely be better off using other miles (like from the AMEX Plat card) for trans-atlantic and Israel flights.
Figure on anywhere from $350-$800 depending on the airline and class of service.
There is no list, you just have to search online or try calling to figure it out.

2. You will get the miles soon after meeting the spending requirement and can use the miles right away.

3. Why would there be any risk? Enjoy the miles!

@anon:
Please read the post.

Yuda

@Dan:
using other miles is nice if you have them, but do I have a better bet for travel this summer if I’m starting from scratch?
Also, I hear mile tickets are hard to get in July and August?

Dan

@Yuda:
Apply for some other cards at the same time as the BA card (see comment 3) and get the AMEX Plat as well: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/12735

You can get to Israel for $40 in fees instead of $400 if you play it right. And you’ll be flying free for quite a while!

Orange

Dan,
I recently got the Chase Continental card. Should that be a problem if I applied for this card?

Green Card

I got a social about 1 yr ago. I havent done much with it. I joined my self to my wifes checking bank account (which she has held for years), and added my social details a few months ago. Will this give me a chance to apply for this (or any) card, or will i get denied?

Is it worth trying to apply?

yehuda

The 65000 miles to israel is that roundtrip or one way?

eli

does BA miles expire?

steve

can i open a card for my wife and i and use the same ffn bec you can have a family account. however we still have different last names? will it be a prob

Dan

@Orange:
See comment 17.

@Green Card:
There’s no way to know without trying…
You should try to get your social added onto a credit card of hers though.

@yehuda:
It’s 65,000 miles round-trip, before fuel surcharges.

@eli:
They don’t as long as you have any account activity every 3 years.

@steve:
Why not just each have your own BA account and then join the BA accounts via a household account.

kivabb

Can I just leave FFN blank and they will automatically open new account or will they link it back to mine?

jake

When d the BA miles expire? or do they have the same expiration rules as AA?

Dan

@kivabb:
YMMV

@jake:
Please see comment 49.

theyoily

would it not be smart of me to do the 3 web browser shtick if i’ve had to call up in the past to get some chase cards pushed through?

JOSH

Can the miles be transfered to my AA FF account since they codeshare?

Dan

@theyoily:
Hard to say. You can always try and call to shift around other cards into newer cards to get the new cards approved.

@JOSH:
No.
Miles generally can’t be transferred to other airlines. Only points like AMEX Membership Rewards of Starwood Starpoints can do that.
But BA will be happy to book you on an AA flight.

Freddie

Great comprehensive article as usual!

adamSmiles

Dan,

If I just got the BA 50K offer within the past few months, any chance I can call cust service and ask for the difference? Anybody have any experiences around this? Thanks

Mchem

Hi Dan, I recently opened an AMEX platinum card and a Chase Sapphire card. I am concerned that opening too many cards withing a relatively short time period will affect my credit negatively. I currently have very good credit. What are you thoughts? Am i right for being concerned? should I be concerned?

Dan

@Freddie:
Thanks!

@adamSmiles:
You can definitely try sending them a secure message asking for the additional 50K.

@Mchem:
I wouldn’t be overly concerned. If you’ve seen my credit card collection and credit score you wouldn’t be either :)

Applying for a new card will drop you a few points but the extra credit line and lower credit utilization you have will raise your score even higher.

adamSmiles

@Dan: what’s the email address please?

Dan

@adamSmiles:
See this post for instructions:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/12103

jacky

So basically if i got it last year and applied now again(and was approved)but used the same BA number as last year, i wont get the miles?

Ben

I currently live in South Africa and can’t stand having to pay foreign exchange fees every time suing a credit card. Which cards do you suggest would be best for foreign travelers?

Also, is BA good for travel between SA & USA or Australia or Israel mileage wise?

Thanks for a great post!!

Marc

@Ben: Ben –

American Express Platinum cards no longer charge foreign exchange fees!

hocker

Hi I still have my ba account no. But is closed the account a few month ago is there a any way that can get this card ?

eli

is this a type of card u need to have good credit to get approved?

Anonymous

I JUST DID THIS AND GOT APPROVED INSTANTLY – I BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON WHO SAID THAT TEHY WILL NOTIFY THEM IN A MONTH IS CHECKING THEIR CREDIT REPORT

Matityahu

@adamSmiles: Let us know what you say, and what Chase says. I’m in the same situation, except that I applied only 4 DAYS ago! That was some bad timing. ;-)

churner

I got this BA Chase 100k bonus last year and closed the card a few months ago is there any chance of getting it again?

shaya

Hi dan I need to go to austrellia for smicha how many miles and how much wulde it cost to go with qwantes and can my uncle get the card and give me the miles plz reply

daniel

Does sapphire transfer into AA?
And can you transfer sapphire points into someone else’s mileage account, like AMEX points?

Jason

I love the idea of being able to go to Asia on Cathay Pacific for 100k business or 150k first using these miles, even with the fuel surcharge, since as you said, the charge pales in comparison to the actual value of the ticket!

I was trying to decipher American’s award chart for AA miles, since they seem to be a bit different for north america to asia trips – is BA better?

AJ

The baggage section of the site says you get 2 free bags for travel within US with AAnytime mileage awards. Does that apply for flights on AA books with BA miles.
If not, how can you avoid those hefty baggage fees?

jeff

Can i transfer the BA miles to aa, or united/continental?

Miles

How soon can I close the account, and what do I do with the miles so they don’t disappear when I close the account?

Dan

@jacky:
YMMV.
You won’t know until you spend $1 and wait for the statement.

@Ben:
Check out http://www.dansdeals.com/forums for more in-depth info like that.

@hocker:
@churner:
Yes, read through the previous comments.

@eli:
You need “good credit” for any card.

@shaya:
80,000 miles round-trip

@daniel:
Sapphire transfers to BA, Continental, Hyatt, and Marriott.
It does transfer to anyone.

@Jason:
For JFK-HKG, AA charges 70K in Coach, 110K in Business, and 135K in First.
AA does not have a generous stopover policy like BA but with AA you won’t pay a fuel surcharge. Although the BA fuel surcharge for transpacific flights isn’t too bad.

@AJ:
You cannot book AA AAnytime AAwards with BA miles. You can only book the sAAver AAwards that you see on AA.com
Only AA/OneWorld elites will avoid baggage fees.

@jeff:
No, see comment 55.

@Miles:
You can close the account after getting the miles if you want. I don’t think they will take back the signup miles (though they may threaten that)

Freddie

@AJ: Become an elite member with one of the One World airlines. AA started doing matches about a month ago.

Jason

Dan, sorry to go more OT, but for the AA mileage rates to Asia (70K Coach, 110K Business, 135K First) – is that good on Cathay similar to how BA is? If so, it seems like it would make more sense to do first with AA vs BA if you’re flying Cathay Pacific, right?

Dan

@Jason:
I’d be happy to discuss it (and any other off topic questions) more at length at http://www.dansdeals.com/forums

Avi

@dan

Not the right place possibly, but i am looking to get a world master card for insurance on car rental in israel. I got my first *review wih answer in 10 days* from citi, are there any other card which offer rental car insurance in israel?

BTW used 150k Continental + 50K venture miles for 2 adult tickets and two infant tickets to israel :-)

Thanks for all the assists everybody

hishai

Thanks Dan for going thru the sugya for us as usual!

Dan

@Avi:
See comment 79.

@hishai:
Your welcome!

meir

thanks dan i got approved on the spot i plan on going to isreal with these miles!!

cala

So can i get this straight: if i already have cards with BA as long as I put in a new british airways executive club account number, I will still get the points?

cala

Also is anyone else having trouble getting on to the application page?!

steve

Can anyone apply for a new BA executive club account number?
How about if they had one in the past?
What is the link for that?

chaim

@ #84
yes, the same thing works with other chase cards like continental and united.
no problem with the app.

@ #86
yes
https://www.britishairways.com/travel/register-now/public/en_us

adamSmiles

@Dan: worked like a charm for my wife’s card which is still open.

Any experience trying to get it for a card that is now closed? I opened mine in Jan, spent the $2500 and closed it on 2/1. Any advice? Should I offer them to re-open my acct and try for the additional 50k? Thanks Dan

adamSmiles

@Matityahu: Just got an email back saying the 50K will be posted next month!

goodboy

dan how do do with your cc that u still have a good credit u close it or keep all of them ?

mendel

HI Dan
Is there anyway to give BA miles or Tickets purchased through miles as a gift?
I.E. is there any way to capitalize on miles?

Dan

@adamSmiles:
YMMV!

@goodboy:
Many times I can transfer the credit line on a card before I close it so that my credit utilization ratio stays low. Or I convert it to a fee-free card.
But I also close cards all the time and my score is still excellent.

@mendel:
Sure, you can use your BA miles (or most any miles for that matter) to book a ticket for anyone you want!

adamSmiles

@Dan: any suggestions how to phrase the question to them?

Zvi

Are there any no-fee Chase credir cards to apply for at the same time as applying for the BA card? I want another credit card, but not one that I’ll have to cancel after a year to avoid the fee. Thanks.

Daniel

@Dan – coming from your link to BA app, and clicking “Apply Now” put me into a loop/redirect. I tried it on Chrome and IE as well, still no go.

Daniel

@Dan:

“Many times I can transfer the credit line on a card before I close it so that my credit utilization ratio stays low”

Dan, I thought those days were over? Isn’t each one of those a big fight?

mo

WHEN IS THIS OFFER EXPIRING??

Matityahu

@adamSmiles: Excellent! Me too. I just got my secure message center reply. Chase is giving me the 100K offer, even though I applied last week under the 50K offer.

And thanks again for all you do, Dan!

adamSmiles

@Matityahu: wasn’t as lucky on the card I closed on 2/1/11, they said it was opened over 60 days ago. :(
Guess I can always open another card with a new BA# ;)

scubasteve

For those who apply again (churn) for the same BA card and sign up on the application with a new British Airways account number…do you know if BA will let you combine the 2 accounts if they have the same name? or will you just have to keep the 2 accounts separate?

Can anyone report that they infact have gotten the signup bonus twice? I applied last year and got the 100k bonus and want to try it again.

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