Great Deal: Sign-Up Bonus Of Up To 100K Avios With The British Airways Card

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Update: This offer for the British Airways Visa Signature® Card has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

For a limited time, the British Airways Visa Signature® Card is offering an increased sign-up bonus, allowing you to earn up to 100,000 bonus Avios. The bonus can be earned after the following spend thresholds:

  • 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening
  • 25,000 additional bonus Avios after you spend $10,000 total on purchases within your first year from account opening
  • 25,000 additional bonus Avios after you spend $20,000 total on purchases within your first year from account opening


The sign-up bonus on this card isn’t available to those who currently have the card, as well as previous cardmembers who received a new cardmember bonus for the credit card within the last 24 months.

I suspect that means a lot of us are eligible for the bonus, since I know many of us got this card almost a decade ago, when it was first introduced in the US. I haven’t had the card in years, but plan on picking it up this time around.

Furthermore, this card isn’t subjected to Chase’s 5/24 rule, so you’re eligible for the bonus on this card even if you’ve opened more than five accounts in the past 24 months.

The card has a $95 annual fee, which isn’t waived the first year.

In my opinion it could make sense to get the British Airways Visa Signature® Card even if you weren’t planning on completing $20,000 of spend on the card in the first year. That’s because the 50,000 Avios bonus is as big as it usually gets, so you’re not going to get a bigger bonus at that threshold.

But if you are a big credit card spender, it could make a lot of sense to put additional spend on the card, in my opinion. Once you’ve earned the first 50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 within three months, you earn:

  • 25,000 bonus Avios for the next $7,000 you spend (which is ~3.6 bonus Avios per dollar spent, in addition to the normal Avios per dollar spent)
  • 25,000 bonus Avios for the $10,000 you spend (which is 2.5 bonus Avios per dollar spent, in addition to the normal Avios per dollar spent)

That’s a really solid return, in my opinion across the board. Also keep in mind that the card offers a Travel Together Ticket for any calendar year in which you spend $30,000 on the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, so at that point you’re only $10,000 from reaching that threshold. This certificate can be a great deal, though keep in mind you have to pay British Airways’ hefty carrier-imposed surcharges for both passengers if you redeem this.


Bottom line

I know a lot of us had this card almost a decade ago, and those people should be eligible for the card again. The sign-up bonus on the British Airways Visa Signature® Card is great, regardless of whether you’re going for the 50,000 Avios upon completing minimum spend, or plan to spend all the way to 100,000 bonus Avios, which represents a good deal for big spenders as well.

Best of all, this card isn’t restricted by Chase’s 5/24 rule, which should open up the card to a lot more people.

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  1. I am booked on a RT BA Business Class ticket SFO – LHR for 120K avios + $1,200.23
    If an avios is worth 1.2 cents, that is roughly equal to a cost of $2,640 for the ticket. 🙁

    Last year I flew AA RT Business class to London for 100,000 miles and $330.

  2. This is the first Chase card I picked up (from 12/2015 to 11/2016) to begin playing the miles/points game, and can be good for anyone who flies to London a lot and/or likes British Airways. I spent $20K to get 20K Avios plus the 100K bonus Avios. That said, I had zero reasons to keep the BA Visa after the first year. With no bonus categories on spending (except for BA airfare), most OMAT readers not encumbered by the 5/24 rule would be better off getting the Chase Sapphire Preferred since the CSP has:
    (1) no annual fee the first year,
    (2) 50K UR points that can be used on many partner airlines and hotels,
    (3) 2X points on dining and travel spending,
    (4) other travel benefits like primary auto rental coverage and trip delay/cancellation insurance.

  3. @Luke Vader, how did you use your points? I still have some left from the first 100000 BA offer in 2009. I found them hard to burn.

  4. @ABC – I burn them all the time on AA short-haul flights. If you’re based in the US, they’re especially valuable if you transfer them to Iberia Avios (for free at a 1:1 ratio) and redeem them for last minute AA bookings. I recently booked DCA-PHL-SYR roundtrip for 12,000 miles. Since I have no status with AA, that award ticket would cost $75 if booked within 21 days, but Iberia (and BA) doesn’t charge that. Here’s a post on these redemptions Ben wrote during the last BA devaluation that taught me how to do that:

  5. @ABC – Aer Lingus is a sweet spot redemption for BA as well as AA in the US if you are lucky enough to find a saver award.

  6. I live in Chicago, and I basically fly to Las Vegas and Fort Myers every year. Would this card be worth it for me.

  7. I got the 75K bonus on this card last year. Since then AA has almost shut down domestic redemptions at the saver rate (the reason I got the card was the 5,000 but now 7,500 mile cost on short haul AA flights), I finally found one flight to use them on for one way of a recent trip. I think it will be a while before I find 4 more flights to use them on with saver space. BA flights from my home airport of MCO are all leisure routes cramming people into business class to Gatwick so connecting is a chore.

  8. Avios are valuable for travel within Europe, within Asia, or within Australia (or between AU and NZ), but NEVER for long haul trips on British Airways – the fuel surcharges are outrageous! And good luck trying to find awards on American since they make it close to impossible to find Saver awards these days. Short trips on Alaska are more plentiful but you have to phone those in and the agents are…not enthusiastic to assist customers, I found. Your mileage may vary.

  9. I gave up my BA card as there was never a free ticket! There were always fees and charges. A Business Class ticket came to cost the price of an economy ticket. Maybe they have changed their fees and charges????? Be aware before you buy.

  10. Need to learn more about flights from Canada like Calgary to Dublin,Phoenix New York & travel to Mexico. What credit cark is good. Foreign credit cards used in Canada have a high transaction fee as well as exchange fees higher than posted by about 3%. Thanks in advance

  11. I have two free companion tickets.Cannot use either.Tried 11 months in advance no go.Plus you pay for seats and customer service is nasty.

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