Three 100K Avios offers: Iberia, Aer Lingus, and British Airways

There are newly increased signup bonuses of 100,000 Avios after meeting some big required spend ($20,000 total in the first 12 months) on three credit cards: the newly-launched Chase Aer Lingus Visa Signature, the Chase Iberia Visa Signature, and the Chase British Airways Visa Signature card. While these offers require a lot of spend, and there is a key warning found in the “Quick Thoughts” below the offers, they can be worth it to those who maximize Avios. Links to each of these offers can be found on our Best Credit Card Offers page or on our individual card pages for each card.

Chase Aer Lingus Visa Signature Card

The Offer

  • Earn 50,000 Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months plus an additional 25,000 Avios after you spend $10,000 on purchases within the first year and an additional 25,000 Avios more after you spend a total of $20,000 on purchases within your first year

Key Card Details

  • Earn 3X Aer Lingus, Iberia, British Airways, LEVEL and OpenSkies
  • Earn 1X everywhere else
  • Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your Aer Lingus Visa card, you’ll earn an ecomomy companion ticket good for 1 year
  • Based on the British Airways and Iberia cards, we guess that this card likely will not be subject to 5/24 (though see warnings below)

Chase British Airways Visa Signature

The Offer

  • Earn 50,000 Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months plus an additional 25,000 Avios after you spend $10,000 on purchases within the first year and an additional 25,000 Avios more after you spend a total of $20,000 on purchases within your first year

Key Card Details

  • Earn 3X British Airways, Iberia, and Open Skies purchases
  • Earn 1X everywhere else
  • Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa card, you’ll earn a Travel Together companion ticket good for two years. See: Complete Guide to Travel Companion tickets for more on that.
  • This card is not believed to be subject to 5/24 (though see warnings below)

Chase Iberia Visa Signature Card

The Offer

  • Earn 50,000 Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months plus an additional 25,000 Avios after you spend $10,000 on purchases within the first year and an additional 25,000 Avios more after you spend a total of $20,000 on purchases within your first year

Key Card Details

  • Earn 3X Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, LEVEL and OpenSkies
  • Earn 1X everywhere else
  • Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your Iberia Visa card, you’ll earn a discount voucher good for $1,000 to use toward two tickets on the same flight
  • 10% off on Iberia flights when you use your Iberia Visa to purchase at iberia.com/Chase10
  • This card is not believed to be subject to 5/24 (though see warnings below)

Quick Thoughts

Twenty grand is a lot of spend, but for those who can maximize the use of Avios, it can certainly be worth it to earn an effective 6x on $20K in spending (since you’ll end up with a total of 120K Avios with those earned from spend assuming all 1x purchases).

We’ve recently published a number of posts on best uses of Avios. Keep in mind that it should be possible to move Avios between British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus (though we’ve heard mixed reports on actually doing it recently — some people find it very easy and others nearly impossible). Assuming you’re able to move Avios around, here are some good posts to check out:

Additionally, Iberia has run sales as low as 25.5K each way for business class between New York, Boston, Chicago and Madrid. It’s certainly possible to do well with Avios.

Note that while these cards are not believed to be subject to 5/24, there have been an increasing number of shutdown stories among people who opened many new cards in the past year and then signed up for the Iberia card. Anecdotally, it seems that most of the shutdown stories I’ve heard have been similar: an existing Chase cardmember who opened more than 10 or 12 total credit cards in the past year then opened the Iberia card had all of their Chase accounts shut down shortly thereafter. There certainly isn’t a hard and fast rule known as to how much is too much, but it does seem that if you’ve been aggressive in opening cards in the past year, you might exercise caution in drawing more attention to those accounts.

Still, for those eligible and interested, there are a lot of miles to be had with these three new offers — though I wouldn’t recommend applying for more than one of them unless your application activity has been low in the past year.

Finally, remember that Chase will not award you the signup bonus if you have received a signup bonus on the same card within the past 24 months. Doctor of Credit raised a good question on Twitter: does the clock start from when you last received the 50K bonus or when you last received a 25K big spend bonus on the card in the first year? I’m not sure, so I would recommend applying for the Iberia or Aer Lingus versions if you’re not sure whether or not you’re eligible for the British Airways bonus.

H/T: Upon Arriving and Doctor of Credit

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Mariana

I only have 6 cards opened in the last year, and no Chase card for 18 months (actually the BA card). I might go for the Avios card. My husband got the Avios card just last month, and he also only had 6 cards in previous year, and the BA still open at the time (though we just closed). We have used avios points very successfully.

Frank
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Frank

I was just approved despite having 15 new cards in the last year (only 1 was Chase). .

Frank
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Frank

Sorry, that was 6 cards, not 16.

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hdsw

Lets have a honest discussion for using Ibera miles. They are really hard to use and seem to have huge copays. Reaching a Plus csr is nearly impossible as when they are busy call go to nice agents who cant help you with award flights. not ready for prime time.

Andy
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Andy

I just used 102k for 2 Biz class tickets Chicago to Madrid round trip. The website is not great but it was easy to redeem. Taxes and fees were about $220 per person so not that bad.

Frank
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Frank

I have had similar luck in the past. I don’t expect Business Class tickets for nothing and so a $200 to $300 cost plus less miles than other airlines is just fine with me.

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Scott
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I wish we were back in 2012 right now. Chase rules have me paralyzed.

Patrick Oh!
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Patrick Oh!

Oh yeah they just approved me also and I just opened a BA cards racking up those Avios! So it seems like one can move the points across the Az Avios airlines but it’s not that easy?Anyone have 1st hand experience?
BTW TAP, Portugals airline was getting bad press recently due a union/management standoff and resulting work slowdown. So I took a short flight LON to OPO recently and none of the issues described were happening,, I’m assuming the work issues got resolved. If you live the West coast, TAP and Jet Blue have partnered for well coordinated connections on East coast, Tap is a Star Alliance member

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I’m trying to use my Iberia Avios for a route like SWF to PHL to ROA, but I don’t see SWF or ROA on Iberia when I search. For me, this would be an ideal use of Iberia Avios, since AA flies this route, and it is just down the road from where I live. Does Iberia not include all AA destinations?