Ending Soon: Earn Up To 100,000 Avios On The Chase British Airways Card

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Ending within the next couple of days, the Chase BA card is offering 50K Avios for spending $3,000 in 3 months, an additional 25K Avios for spending another $7K in 12 months, and an additional 25K Avios for spending another $10K in 12 months.

That’s a total of 75K Avios for speding $10K in 12 months or 100K Avios for spending $20K in 12 months.

The Chase British Airways Card is not subject to the 5/24 rule, so you can get approved even if you have been approved for 5 or more consumer cards in the past 24 months.

You can also earn a free companion award ticket every year that you spend $30K though it’s only valid for travel on BA or Open Skies.  The companion travels in the same class of service, so if you redeem Avios for a first class ticket, your companion flies in first as well for zero Avios, but taxes and fuel surcharges will be owed.

There are no foreign transaction fees.

There’s a $95 annual fee.

About British Airways Avios:

In 2011 BA launched the Avios program and it provides a great value for short-haul flights.

Unfortunately their domestic OneWorld partner, American, has been stingy with award availability since last year. However American is claiming that they have heard the complaints and will increase saver award space in the near future.

-There are no expedite or close-in fees for last minute award ticket bookings with BA Avios. That saves you $75 compared to other programs.

-Earning or redeeming any amount of Avios extends your entire account validity for another 36 months.

-You can cancel tickets and redeposit miles for the lesser of $55 or the taxes you paid.  That means you pay just $5.60 to cancel a one-way domestic itinerary (and you always should book domestic flights as one-ways)That saves you up to $200 compared to other programs when you need to cancel.

-British Airways only charges 10% extra miles for a lap child flying internationally, even when traveling on AA. AA and other domestic carriers charge a whopping 10% of the full fare, which can add up to be a small fortune.

-You can save Avios on some routes by transferring points from BA Avios into Iberia Avios. Iberia’s awards start at just 11K Avios round-trip.

-You can search American and Alaska award availability on AA.com by looking for sAAver awards. BA can’t book AAnytime awards, but you should be able to find all AA sAAver awards on BA.com. BA.com does not display all available awards on all airlines, airlines like Alaska, Aer Lingus, and LATAM have to be booked over the phone.  Additionally you will have to call BA to make a booking if you see a sAAver award on AA.com that’s not showing on BA.com.

I’ve booked dozens of short-haul tickets using Avios for travel on American.  A Cleveland-NYC ticket can cost $1,200 round-trip if you don’t stay for at least 3 days or if you book last-minute.  But BA allows me to use just 15,000 Avios for that same flight, a whopping value of 8 cents per mile.

Additionally the cost of a domestic first class award has gone down from 4 times the price of coach to 2-3 times the price of coach due to being recategorized as business class. For example a one-way flight from NYC to Chicago or Miami is 7.5K in coach or 15K in first class instead of the previous rate of 30K in first class.

Avoiding fuel surcharges:

  • There are no fuel surcharges for travel on American within the Western Hemisphere. Flights start at 7,500 Avios plus $5.60.
  • Aer Lingus flights have no fuel surcharges systemwide, these flights can only be booked over the phone.
  • Alaska flights have no fuel surcharges systemwide, these flights can only be booked over the phone.
  • LATAM flights have no fuel surcharges systemwide. Some of their flights can only be booked over the phone.
  • Flights within Australia, Europe, Japan, and many other countries and regions have little to no fuel surcharges.
  • There are also no fuel surcharges for flying on Qantas within or from Australia.
  • Fuel surcharges on award-winning carrier Cathay Pacific are also very low or non-existent and you don’t even need to fly all the way to Hong Kong (though you should-great city with awesome kosher food, airport lounges with kosher food, and a business or first class flight you’ll never forget!) to get a taste of their awesome bed, seat, pajamas, and amenities. They fly a daily 777 nonstop between JFK and Vancouver which I reviewed in this trip report.
  • You can significantly cut the fuel surcharges when flying on Iberia by transferring your BA Avios into Iberia Avios
  • British Airways 5th Freedom Flights (flights that don’t depart from or arrive to the UK) have significantly lower fees. For example even though Singapore-Sydney is a longer flight than NYC-London the fees in first class on Singapore-Sydney are less than half of those from NYC-London.
  • As long as you have earned a single Avios within the past 12 months then fuel surcharges for intra-Europe and intra-Africa flights will be very low. You can transfer points from AMEX, Chase, or Starwood to activate that benefit.

Here is the BA Avios award chart for flying on a single partner airline. Rates are for each segment flown.

ZoneFlight DistanceCoachBusinessFirst
1 (Flights that don't touch the USA)1-6504.5K9K18K
1 (Flights to, from, or within the USA)1-6507.5K15K30K
2651-1,1517.5K15K30K
31,152-2,00010K20K40K
42,001-3,00012.5K37.5K50K
53,001-4,00020K60K80K
64,001-5,50025K75K100K
75,501-6,50030K90K120K
86,501-7,00035K105K140K
97,001+50K150K200K

Sample uses:

  • 4,500 Avios is enough for a one-way short-haul ticket from London-Milan, Iguazu Falls-Sao Paulo, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls, Hong Kong to Taiwan, Melbourne to Sydney, and between most cities within Europe.
  • 7,500 Avios is enough for a one-way short-haul ticket between New York and places like Bermuda, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Orlando, Montreal, Pittsburgh, or Toronto, or between Miami and the Bahamas or Cancun, or between LA and Cabo on OneWorld partner American.
  • 10,000 Avios is enough for a one-way flight between Germany or Austria and Tel Aviv, Chicago and LA, Hong Kong to Singapore, or JFK to Cancun, S. Maarten, or S. Juan,
  • 12,500 Avios is enough for a one-way flight between the west coast and any of the Hawaiian islands or between New York and the west coast
  • 15,000 Avios is enough for a one-way business class flight between NYC and Toronto or Bermuda or between Miami and most destinations in the Caribbean.
  • 20,000 Avios is enough for a one-way flight between Dallas and Hawaii or New York and London (though you’ll be hit with fuel surcharges for crossing the Atlantic on most airlines). It’s also enough for a one-way flight nonstop flight between NYC or Chicago and Dublin or Shannon, Ireland with no fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus.
  • 25,000 Avios is enough for a one-way flight between New York and Brazil or Argentina.
  • 30,.000 Avios is enough for a one-way flight between New York and Tel Aviv on Air Berlin with no fuel surcharges.
  • 35,000 Avios is enough for a one-way flight between the US and Hong Kong in coach.
  • 37,500 Avios is enough for a one-way flight in lie-flat business class on Cathay Pacific from JFK to Vancouver with no fuel surcharges.
  • 50,000 Avios is enough for a one-way flight in lie-flat first class on Cathay Pacific from JFK to Vancouver with no fuel surcharges.

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Moshe Maeir

“30,.000 Avios is enough for a one-way flight between New York and Tel Aviv on Air Berlin with no fuel surcharges.”
Air Berlin z”l

Moshe Zeines

Are Avios and BA Executive Club the same thing?

Liz

Any chance of the waiving the first years fee?

Curious S.

I’m assuming these terms for bonus miles are only with brand new( cards) accounts? Not exixting BA cardholders?

rr

I’m wondering the same th Bh. I did not receive any bonuses for the last couple of years. Therefore, if I do the spending, will I automatically get the bonuses, or do I need to apply somewhere? Please advise. Ty

Moish

If its still open, you would need to first cancel, then reapply.

Moish

You would have to first cancel it, if its still open

Moshe Zeines

If I’m only getting one new card now, should it be this card or the Chase United card?

Moshe Zeines

I want to get one new card so I can rack up points for 2 NYC – TLV flights

Moish

If you only wanna get one card, get the chase ink preferred. The united is only 40k now.

joetraveler

Just got an invitation from Amex Starwood Business card for an extra 15,000 starpoints if I spend $15,000 before December 31 (which I do anyway). Is this targeted?

Oleg

how can i use companion tickets to fly to Europe? Does it have to be NYC-London or I can fly to any city in Europe? Where can I get more information?

db

What is the alternative now to get to Israel with BA points if Air Berlin is no longer relevant

Don

Can you pin it down to a closer date than soon? I’m still recovering from an AoR and want to apply towards the tail end when my profile is in a better state.

M Spielman

Hi, Dan, I’ve been having a hard time finding Avios Flight to YUL do you have any tricks to get more availabilities for reward flights?

jake

hi, do I need 100k points in savings to get the companion pass or as long as I earned a total 100k throughout its fine even if I spent along the way?

thanks

zow

Dan,
I’m hoping my BA F tickets LHR-GYE-LHR may stick.
Looking to position and then get home, BOS-LHR-BOS.
Wondering if I could use Avios on EI BOS-DUB-LHR and LHR-DUB-BOS. (or SNN)
It’s actually the option that United shows automatically.
Should avoid fuel surcharges…how bad are the LHR taxes/fees?
Should this be 12.5K+4.5K each way?
Wonder if I can find a BA rep who’ll book it?

yc

dan,

if i applied for a chase/citi cards and they requested more information which i wasnt able to return before the 30 day time period, is there any way to still get an approval without having to do another credit pull?

THANKS

Faigy

Hi Dan,

I am a student wondering what credit card I should by next. I am interested in selling my points for cash.

So far I have gone through the following cards
1)Chase Saphire Reserve
2)Chase Saphire Preffered
3) Chase Freedom
4)AA Advantage CITI card

What do you recommend? I was going to get the AMEX starwood card for 35,000 points after spending 6,000 but was told by the guy I sell to that its only worth $525. Please advise which card is the best for selling for $$$$ thanks!!!!!

yehuda

hi, when did jfk to yvr business class go up from 25,000 to 37,500?

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