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Update – the offer has ended. Congrats to all who were approved!
Just got the “official email” that my links to the British Airways 100,000 Avios sign-up bonus must be taken down by 5PM tomorrow (Tuesday July 17th). If you are on the fence about this offer, now is the time to make a decision. 100,000 bonus points is pretty massive, especially as we are seeing sign-up bonuses decreased instead of increase.
The way this offer works is as follows:
- You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after your first use of the card
- You then receive 25,000 bonus Avios after you make $10,000 in purchases within the first year of account opening
- You get the final 25,000 bonus Avios after you make an additional $10,000 in purchases also within the first year of account opening
So, if you only make one purchase on the card you still get 50,000 Avios, which is pretty great by itself. To get the full 100,000 Avios bonus, you must spend $20,000 on the card within 12 months. Clearly, not everyone can get the full 100,000 Avios bonus, but even 50,000 or 75,000 Avios is pretty amazing. Additionally,if you spend $30,000 on the card in a calendar year (Jan – Dec) you also get a “Travel Together Ticket” that can really make your reward redemptions on British Airways metal go much further. However, keep in mind that surcharges to redeem awards on British Airways operated flights are quite high. My recommendation is to use the points to fly on British Airways partners like American Airlines and Alaska Airlines to avoid the surcharges.
My family is somewhat obsessed with British Airways Avios as their distance based award chart is perfect for us. In fact, we just booked tickets directly into Vail during ski season for just 15,000 Avios roundtrip each. Those tickets would have cost us about $500 each if we had paid with cash – at just 15,000 Avios each, that is an amazing redemption value. It is 10,000 fewer points each than if we had booked using using the standard 25,000 points roundtrip that most domestic carriers would have required. Read this post for more of my favorite “family friendly” Avios redemptions.
The card awards 1.25 Avios for each dollar charged on the card and does not charge transaction fees. It does carry a $95 annual fee. It is also a “Chip and Signature” card, and that can make it a bit easier when using the card in Europe.
No matter how you plan to use your Avios, don’t let this opportunity accidentally pass you by before the deadline on Tuesday at 5PM Eastern.
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