100K + $200 statement credit on British Airways Visa [Targeted]

British Airways is sending out an email to some Executive Club members with an offer you may also be able to trigger via a dummy booking that improves upon the public offer of 100,000 total Avios by tacking on a $200 statement credit when you book a British Airways flight at ba.com using your card within 12 months of opening it.

The Offer

  • Targeted email (and possibly dummy booking) offer for 100,000 bonus Avios$200 statement credit when opening a new Chase British Airways Visa Signature card and meeting the following criteria:
    • Get 50,000 Avios when you spend $3,000 in your first three months
    • Get an additional 25,000 Avios if you spend $10,000 on purchases within 12 months of opening your account
    • Get an additional 25,000 Avios if you spend $20,000 on purchases within 12 months of opening your account
    • Get a $200 statement credit when you book a British Airways flight on ba.com using your card within your first 12 months
  • Note that the email says this offer expires December 15, 2018

Key Card Details

Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card

FM Mini Review: Good choice for a nice signup bonus. For most people, though, I don't see it as a compelling card to keep past the first year.


Annual Fee: $95

Card Type: Visa Signature

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X British Airways. Iberia, and Open Skies purchases ⚬ 1X elsewhere

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.

Note: You may also be able to find a 50K offer with the annual fee waived the first year. For the latest info, see this Flyertalk thread.

Quick Thoughts

This is a nice increase over the standard offer. I don’t see any requirement as to the cash price of the ticket you book on ba.com — that is to say that the way it is worded, I would expect any booking on British Airways should trigger the $200 statement credit. Since intra-European flights can be pretty cheap, I would assume you could book something like London to Bordeaux for $38 and collect the $200 statement credit whether or not you intend to fly the segment.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a direct link. I received the email from British Airways Executive Club. It’s possible that a dummy booking may produce the same offer.

Oddly, the bullet points in the email make it sound like you must spend $30,000 to earn the 100K Avios (the final bullet says you must spend an additional $20K to earn the final 25K bonus), but reading the terms in the fine print at the bottom of the email it is clear that this is not true — it’s the standard 100K offer that requires a total of $20K in purchases in year 1 to trigger the full bonus.

As is the case with most Chase personal cards, the new cardmember bonus is not available to you if you have received a welcome bonus on this card in the past 24 months. This card is not subject to the Chase 5/24 rule (it will add to your 5/24 count, but the rule is not applied in approval decisions for this card). That said,  keep in mind that shut downs have increased a bit this year and a new Chase account has precipitated shut downs in some instances if a customer opens a new Chase account after opening many other new accounts in the past year (See: Why Chase shutdowns have increased and how to avoid them.)

If you’re eligible and haven’t been too aggressive in opening other accounts this year, this could be a nice bonus, especially assuming a cheap British Airways booking triggers the full $200 credit.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

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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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Unfortunately, with the exception of short-haul domestic flights on AA booked thru BA.com, I don’t find Avios very compelling at all. Lingus and Iberia have painfully shallow award availability, and awards on BA flights almost cost more in fuel surcharges than just paying cash.

Am I missing something?

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What kind of dummy booking are people doing to see this offer? It’s not working for me.