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As we are all hopefully enjoying this long weekend, I wanted to throw out a reminder about two very good deals for British Airways Avios that will soon be a part of miles and points history. The first has to do with the 100,000 Avios credit card offer, and the second is related to the 50% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards.
There is currently a limited time offer for the Chase British Airways Visa card that awards up to 100,000 Avios as a sign-up bonus. These days we are unfortunately seeing more and more sign-up bonuses either decreasing or moving to a more targeted model, so to come across a 100,000 point offer that is available to the public is pretty awesome. The way this offer works is that the first 50,000 Avios are awarded upon the first use of the card, 25,000 bonus Avios after you make $10,000 in purchases within the first year of account opening, and an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you make a second $10,000 in purchases also within the first year of account opening. Assuming you put the full $20,000 on the card in the first year you would end up with 125,000 Avios! If you wanted to look at it this way, that is 6.25 Avios per dollar spent. Or, if charging $20,000 on one card in a year isn’t realistic or interesting to you, then just take the 50,000 that come with the first purchase and move along. 😉
This card has no foreign transaction fees, has a chip for chip-based purchases (though is not chip and pin), earns 1.25 Avios per dollar spent on purchases, and has a $95 annual fee. I find Avios to be extremely useful for short to medium trips on American Airlines and other British Airways partners. I do not plan to use Avios to actually fly on British Airways flights as the fees can be extraordinary high. There are no last minute booking fees to use Avios and I have found availability with many partners to be quite good. In fact, I am about to book a flight from London to Dublin for just 4,500 Avios. That is not a very expensive ticket to begin with, but it is nice to have a quite affordable points option as well. I have also used Avios domestically many times. Houston to Chicago round-trip is only 15,000 Avios, and is just one of many good redemptions we have had with Avios. You can read more about some of my favorite family-friendly Avios redemptions in this post. This offer is set to expire on June 7th, so you have about another week or so to decide if this is an offer that makes sense for your family. There is also a different offer for 100,000 Avios that you can learn more about here.
Application Link: British Airways Visa Signature Card
The other Avios related deal that is about to expire is the 50% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards that ends on May 31st. While this is not recommended for everyone, my family plans to transfer pretty much all of our Membership Rewards points to British Airways to take advantage of this offer as Avios are so useful for us. However, if you do that you are losing the valuable flexibility of Membership Reward points, so only do this if you know you want to use the points on British Airways. In recent years, Membership Rewards has offered a couple of good transfer bonuses each year with British Airways and Delta, but we are overdue now for a Delta transfer bonus, so who knows if that is a fluke, or if transfer bonuses may become less frequent with some partners for a while. Thanks to Lucky and Gary, we also know that Cathay Pacific is a new airline transfer partner with Membership Rewards, so fingers crossed they have a nice transfer bonus soon to celebrate their arrival in the Membership Rewards family. If you are interested in getting a card that earns flexible Membership Reward points, you can go here to learn more about some different cards that earn Membership Reward points.
Consider yourself reminded about some top Avios deals, so you may now return to sitting by the pool, drinking a cold beer, and eating a hamburger while wearing red, white, and blue. Happy Memorial Day!
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