Originally posted on 04/11/12:
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-You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after your first purchase
-You can get another 25,000 bonus Avios after you make $10,000 in purchases within the first year of account opening.
-You can get another 25,000 bonus Avios after you make an additional $10,000 in purchases also within the first year of account opening.
-Every year that you spend $30,000 on your British Airways Visa card, you’ll earn a free companion ticket good for travel on British Airways for two years. That means with 80,000 miles you’ll have enough to fly 2 people in British Airway’s award winning lie-flat business class to London or with 120,000 miles you can fly 2 people to London in BA’s top-notch first class, though you do get hit with fuel surcharges. You’ll be able to “pay for those” by eating awesome Hermolis kosher meals in the London lounges (if only Hermolis catered all kosher meals!!!) as well as in the air and by taking advantage of a free massage and great scotch in the lounge as well!
Last year they ran an offer for a month offering 100,000 miles for spending $3,000 in 3 months.
This time they will give you 50,000 miles right off the bat, so for some people this may work out better for them as there’s no need for any major spending to get that. However to get 75,000 bonus miles or 100,000 bonus miles you’ll have to do some serious spending on the card in the first year.
It’s unknown how long this offer will run for.
Even at 50,000 miles though, that’s more than enough for:
-11 one-way short-haul tickets (4,500 x 11 tickets = 49,500 Avios required) between New York and places like Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal, or Toronto. It’s also enough between Miami and places like Cancun or Grand Cayman, all on OneWorld partner American.
-6 one-way tickets (7,500 x 6 tickets = 45,000 Avios required) between New York and Chicago or Florida or from LA to Cabo.
-5 one-way tickets (10,000 x 5 tickets = 50,000 Avios required) between Chicago and LA or between New York and Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands.
-4 one-way tickets (12,500 x 4 tickets = 50,000 Avios required) between the west coast and Hawaii, New York and the west coast, or New York and Costa Rica. Hard to beat that value of just 25,000 miles for a round-trip between Los Angeles and any of the Hawaiian Islands with no fuel surcharges!
-2 one-way tickets (20,000 x 2 tickets = 40,000 Avios required) between Dallas and Hawaii or New York and London (though you’ll be hit with fuel surcharges for crossing the Atlantic)
-2 one-way tickets (25,000 x 2 tickets = 50,000 Avios required) between New York and Brazil or Argentina.
If you can spend $10,000 in a year you’ll have at least 87,500 miles (75,000 bonus miles plus 12,500 miles for the spending) and if you can spend $20,000 in a year you’ll have at least 125,000 miles (100,000 bonus miles plus 25,000 miles for the spending). That’s enough for more than 27 short haul one-way tickets.
-Earn 2.5 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases
-Earn 1.25 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases
-Every year you spend $30,000 on your British Airways Visa card, you’ll earn a free companion ticket good for travel on British Airways for two years.
-Smart Chip Technology allows you to use your card for chip based purchases in Europe & beyond, while still giving you the ability to use your card as you do today at home
-Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad
About BA Avios:
-There are currently no fuel surcharges for flights wholly within the western hemisphere. These include flights on American (AA), Alaska, and LAN. Fuel surcharges make flights that across the Atlantic Ocean prohibitively expensive.
-There are no expedite or close-in fees for booking last minute award tickets with BA Avios.
-You can book one-way tickets for half of the cost of round-trip tickets.
-British Airways only charges 10% extra miles and no extra money for a lap child flying internationally, even when traveling on AA. AA and other domestic carriers charge a whopping 10% of the full fare.
-British Airways charges double miles for business class and triple miles for first class. Beware that when flying domestically on AA’s 2 class planes they charge first class rates for what is really just a poor excuse for business class.
-You can search AA and Alaska award availability on AA.com and looking for sAAver awards. BA can’t book AAnytime awards. BA.com does not display all available awards, so you will have to call if you see a sAAver award on AA.com that’s not showing on BA.com. It can also help to book each segment separately on BA.com
-You can pool together miles from everyone in your household!