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.
- 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
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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