- The rebate is valid for new and existing cardholders.
- The rebate is valid on one-way or round-trip flights departing from the US on British Airways. It will still be worth booking one-way travel is most cases as surcharges are typically lower than on round-trip travel.
- The rebate will be automatic on the first 3 qualifying reservations that you make per calendar year.
- The flight may include a partner airline as long as British Airways operates the transatlantic portion of the flight.
- The credit is per reservation, so you’ll want to book passengers on separate reservations to maximize the benefit.
- If the award is cancelled, Chase reserves the right to claw back the credit.
- The statement credit will post within 45 days of the booking.
You can currently earn up to 100K Avios with the Chase British Airways Card. You’ll earn 50K bonus British Airways Avios for opening and spending $3,000 in 3 months. You’ll earn another 50K bonus Avios for spending an additional $17,000 in 12 months.
The card has a wonderful new benefit. You can get 3 rebates per year on taxes and fees on BA awards.
The rebate will be capped at $200 in business or first class or $100 in economy or premium economy.
The full terms of the rebate are not yet published, but it appears that the rebate will work on one-way or round-trip tickets. You should always book one-way tickets for lower fuel surcharges and more flexibility if you need to cancel or make a change.
The rebate will mean that you won’t pay any taxes or fees for a one-way economy award from NYC to London. Here is what current taxes+fees looks like for NYC to London and London to NYC:
JFK to London one-way on 1/20:
Economy: 13K miles + $93.70.
Premium Economy: 26K miles + $273.70.
Business: 50K miles + $628.70.
First: 68K miles + $828.70.
London to JFK one-way on 1/28:
Economy: 13K miles + $254.94.
Premium Economy: 26K miles + $432.81.
Business: 50K miles + $557.56.
First: 68K miles + $557.56.
JFK to Tel Aviv one-way on 1/20:
Economy: 23K miles + $155.15.
Premium Economy: 46K miles + $283.15.
Business: 81,250 miles + $658.15.
First: 99,250 miles + $858.15.
Tel Aviv to JFK one-way on 1/29:
Economy: 23K miles + $189.56.
Premium Economy: 46K miles + $189.56.
Business: 81,250 miles + $260.66.
First: 99,250 miles + $260.66.
It’s not yet known if you can select which of your flights get the rebate and if the rebate is only valid for travel on BA or if it’s valid on partner awards. I’ll update this post when more details are released.
British Airways serves the best kosher meals in the sky from London and their first class kosher offerings look incredible:
- DDF member “lindluck” posted pictures of the kosher meal here from a London to JFK flight in first class.
- DDF member “gold” posted pictures of the London to Tel Aviv first class meal here.
I had a first class award on British Airways some 9 years ago before they added obscene fuel surcharges, but they cancelled the flight and I never wanted to spend the money on the fuel surcharges afterward. Yes, I have zero luck trying to actually get to London.
This fuel surcharge rebate also adds value to the companion pass that you can earn for spending $30K on the card. That pass works for a free companion when you redeem for an award on BA in any class.
BA has excellent award availability, so this is a welcome development.