BA Visa $200 Award Fee Credit. 8 things you need to know.

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BA Visa $200 Award Fee Credit

Chase’s British Airways Visa Card has a significant new benefit: Get up to $200 credit per award booking.  That sounds awesome, but there are a number of terms that limit its usefulness.  Here’s what you need to know about the BA Visa $200 Award Fee Credit…

$200 credit for business and first class awards, $100 credit for economy and premium economy

Use your BA Visa to pay the taxes, fees, and charges for a reward flight on British Airways booked with British Airways Avios.  Assuming the ticket meets all of the requirements (details listed separately below), you’ll earn:

  • $200 statement credit for all other reward flight bookings in business (Club World) and First
  • $100 statement credit per reward flight booking in economy (World Traveller) or premium economy (World Traveller Plus)

Limit 3 credits per calendar year

I think this one is pretty self explanatory.

Must pay taxes and fees with your Chase British Airways Visa Signature card

Otherwise you won’t get the credit

Award flight must include transatlantic BA operated flight departing from the United States

The specific terms state:

The booking must be for a transatlantic international travel itinerary redeemed from Cardmember’s Executive Club account with the transatlantic portion departing from the United States solely on aircraft operated by British Airways. The booking may include a connecting flight on a code share partner for the non-transatlantic portion of the itinerary.

The obvious use case for this is to book a BA flight to London (or beyond) from the US.  If you have a connecting flight within the US on American Airlines (for example), that would be fine.  The key requirement is that the BA flight must depart from the US and cross the Atlantic.

Technically, it should be possible to book an award that starts outside of the US as long as you have a connection within the US followed by a transatlantic flight on British Airways.  For example, if you were flying from Brazil, it might be possible to book a flight to the UK via the United States and theoretically the award should meet the terms.  It’s unclear what would happen if the actual taxes and fees are less than the rebate amount.

Award must be redeemed from cardmember’s BA Executive Club account

The terms do state the following:

The booking must be for a transatlantic international travel itinerary redeemed from Cardmember’s Executive Club account.

I’d be surprised if they enforce the requirement that the award is booked from your own BA account (vs. someone else’s BA account), but I’m sure they wouldn’t rebate an award booked with other types of miles (AA miles, for example).

One way transatlantic awards (going east) appear to be fair game

I don’t see anything in the terms prohibiting earning the credit on a one-way award booking.  That said, one-way award flights going to the US won’t count.

Credit may take up to 45 days to post

The terms state:

The statement credit will post to the Cardmember’s credit card account within 45 days of the eligible booking being ticketed and payment received and will appear on the Cardmember’s monthly credit card billing statement within 1-2 billing cycles. Cardmembers are responsible for payment of all charges until the statement credit posts to their account. Account must be open and not in default at the time the statement credit is posted to Cardmember’s account. The statement credit will be applied at a booking level (i.e., not per ticket) and be subject to these terms and conditions.

Credit may be reversed if the award is cancelled

Chase reserves the right to claw back the credit:

If the reward flight booking is cancelled, Chase reserves the right to reverse the statement credit on the Cardmember’s credit card account.

Hat Tip to reader philco for finding the terms for the rebate online.

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