Amazing Deal: 100K Avios Welcome Bonuses!

Amazing Deal: 100K Avios Welcome Bonuses!

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At the beginning of July we saw three fantastic sign-up bonuses introduced on co-branded airline cards. This is a reminder that they’re still going strong, so if you’re eligible and haven’t yet applied, I’d highly recommend doing so.

Chase issues co-branded credit cards in the United States for Aer Lingus, British Airways, and Iberia. All three airlines belong to the same airline group (IAG), and have the same points currency (Avios). The following three cards are currently offering welcome bonuses of 100,000 Avios after spending $5,000 within three months:

Redeem your Avios for travel in British Airways business class

These are really great offers. For context, in the past few years we’ve sometimes seen offers of up to 100,000 Avios on these cards, but typically with a spending requirement of $20,000. So to be able to earn 100,000 Avios with such a reasonable spending requirement is noteworthy.

Chase’s typical application rules apply, including the 5/24 rule. On the plus side, you’re eligible for the bonus on each of these cards. So if you have the British Airways Card, you’re eligible for the Aer Lingus Card or Iberia Card, for example.

If you don’t yet have one or more of these cards and are eligible, I’d highly recommend applying with these offers. See this post for a comparison of the perks of the three cards, which have a lot of overlap. Personally I think the British Airways Card is the most useful, followed by the Aer Lingus and Iberia Cards. However, it really depends on what perks you value most.

Redeem your Avios for travel in Aer Lingus business class

If you’re limited on how many Chase cards you can apply for, also keep in mind that the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (review) is offering a best-ever bonus of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 within three months. If I could only pick up one card right now, that’s the card that I would get, given the size of the bonus and the flexibility of those points.

Bottom line

The Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Card, British Airways Visa Signature® Card, and Iberia Visa Signature® Card, are all offering incredible bonuses of 100,000 Avios after spending $5,000 within three months. These are the best offers we’ve seen on these cards, and are among the most compelling bonuses out there.

If you’re eligible for one of these cards, I’d highly recommend applying.

Do you plan on picking up an Avios credit card with these bonuses?

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  1. Ferdinand Magellan

    I have used it only on rare occasions, and the fuel surcharges are annoying, but nevertheless, the "Travel Together" 2-for-1 awards with the BA card, if you spend $30K in a year, are arguably the best feature of any travel credit card. If you save 120,000 miles that way, it's like getting 5x miles on your spending.

  2. Greg

    I am planning a trip for 2 from SFO to London next April to attend a wedding. What would be the best way to fly first using miles? I was planning on getting the BA card with the 100k welcome but thinking 100k avios may not be enough to get us both there.

  3. Stephen Morrissey

    @Bob is correct. I regularly prefer to pay cash/Visa over using my Avios for "premium" BA products.

  4. Mel

    Avois are great on AA direct flights, you do need to be flexible, and the points are easy to share with family

  5. Ron R

    How long do I have to keep the card?

  6. bill

    I just read on another site that BA has dramatically increased rewards for short/medium haul flights on partner airlines with no advance warning. That, combined with their horrendous surcharges when redeeming awards on their own metal makes these points nearly worthless, imo.

  7. bob

    sometimes its actually cheaper to just buy the darn BA ticket than use points because of all the fees. Intra EU travel though can still get you pretty good deals.

  8. PDXpeedee

    Isn't there a rumor that BA devalues their charts for Cathay Pacific and JAL?

  9. Steve

    Thanks for sharing this Lucky, i recently hopped on board to the Avios train for booking AA domestic flights. It is tremendous value for short distance flights that have high fares like Dallas to Aspen or Vail.

  10. Liliya

    I closed British card about 3 years ago. Could I apply again and get bonus points?

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ Liliya -- You're eligible for the bonus as long as you don't currently have the card, and haven't received a new cardmember bonus in the past 24 months. So in your case it sounds like you should be eligible.

    2. EC2

      Lucky, will be interesting to see how many Avios to redeem on some of the new AA Caribbean destinations. Is it just BA Avios to redeem on AA or either of the other 2?

  11. Tommy

    I just applied United Quest (like 2 days ago), then I see this. Anyways, these are 2 different alliances so difficult to say which one is better.

  12. Marvin

    Any idea how long we've got to apply? I just opened a Chase Ink Unlimited, so I'd like to wait a bit with opening my next card.

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ Marvin -- Unfortunately I have no clue how long these offers are valid. I would imagine the offer will likely be around for at least a couple of months, but it's anyone's guess.

  13. Ike

    Better value: one of these or United Quest?

    1. Andrew

      I hate United but I would say 100k United points are worth more, especially if you're using for international first or business.

    2. Ben Schlappig

      @ Ike -- It's hard to say, I really think it depends on what you're trying to redeem for, and which perks you value most. I'd say the welcome bonuses as such are roughly comparable -- I don't think there's a clear winner.

    3. Ike

      Thanks all for the responses. International first and business are my priorities. Can only get one of the two. Decisions decisions..

    4. khatl

      Keep in mind that. when using its metal, Iberia still offers phenomenal value for east coast international business redemptions to Europe i.e. redeem for a biz class return and you'll still have Avios left over from the 100k

    5. Bob

      Keep in mind that when you use points on a BA flight vs UAL flight, you are far more likely to spend an extra couple of hundred dollars on BA fees especially if you fly through heathrow. Sometimes for another few hundred you can just buy the business class ticket directly instead of redeeming award travel. I've been in situations where it was cheaper to buy the ticket than to use the points which is ridiculous.

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Andrew

I hate United but I would say 100k United points are worth more, especially if you're using for international first or business.

Ferdinand Magellan

I have used it only on rare occasions, and the fuel surcharges are annoying, but nevertheless, the "Travel Together" 2-for-1 awards with the BA card, if you spend $30K in a year, are arguably the best feature of any travel credit card. If you save 120,000 miles that way, it's like getting 5x miles on your spending.

Greg

I am planning a trip for 2 from SFO to London next April to attend a wedding. What would be the best way to fly first using miles? I was planning on getting the BA card with the 100k welcome but thinking 100k avios may not be enough to get us both there.

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