The British Airways Card Welcome Bonus May Be Changing Soon

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

I’ve written about the awesome British Airways Visa Signature® Card, which is offering a welcome bonus of up to 100,000 bonus Avios, depending on how much you spend. The thresholds are as follows:

  • 50,000 bonus Avios after spending $3,000 within the first three months
  • 25,000 additional bonus Avios after spending $10,000 total within the first year
  • 25,000 additional bonus Avios after spending $20,000 total within the first year

This is a card I signed up for earlier in the year, and that I think is definitely worth getting for those who don’t have it, given how many great uses there are of British Airways Avios.

While the current welcome bonus on the British Airways Card has been around for a while, View from the Wing notes that a marketing email indicates that the current offer is ending September 30, 2017. So if you’ve been considering this bonus, I’d highly recommend applying for the card in the next several days. There’s no guarantee the bonus will actually change as of that date — it’s possible that it’s just the current expiration date of the offer, and that it will be extended. However, I don’t see the bonus getting any better, so you might as well apply before any changes are made to it.

Anecdotally this is one of the easier Chase cards to be approved for. Along with the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, the card isn’t subjected to Chase’s 5/24 rule, meaning that you can be approved for the card even if you’ve opened more than five card accounts in the past 24 months. You’re eligible for the bonus as long as you don’t currently have the card, and haven’t received a welcome bonus on the card in the past 24 months. So if you’re someone who had this card a long time ago, you’re still eligible for the bonus.

If you’re considering this bonus, I recommend checking out a few of my past posts to better help you decide if the card makes sense for you:

In my opinion the bonus on the British Airways Card is worthwhile regardless of whether you go for the 50,000 Avios, 75,000 Avios, or 100,000 Avios threshold, or even if you choose to spend $30,000 to earn one of the companion certificates.

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  1. Re eligibility, I was recently denied due to having had the card 18 months ago, even though the bonus was 30 months back.

  2. I recentall added the BA Card, have had it before, over the 6/24.

    Last time I picked up 100k, and hope to do the same this time..

    Great for AA Short direct trips..

  3. My husband got this card on 10/8/15 and earned a bonus on 2/5/16. Does that mean that he would have to wait until after 2/5/18 in order to get a bonus a second time around? I think the two years we need to wait is from the date we got the bonus rather than the date the card was opened. I’m concerned because if we wait the big bonus is likely to disappear. Does it hurt to apply and then if approved, call and see if he will get the bonus and if not, cancel the card?

  4. Regarding 5/24. You say that Chase will approve you even it puts you over 5/24. But will Chase approve you for a different 5/24 card if you add the BA Chase card? In other words, will getting this card count against you in other 5/24 calculations? Thanks in advance, Kenneth

  5. Simply to say full disclosure is admirable as is promoting this offer, thankyou!… Shame about British Airways actual product and approach to gouging those who’ve paid for tickets #nationalembarassment in 2017 for us Brits

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