I often feel bad for Canada, they have only one airline which is part of an international alliance and offers reasonable aspirational mileage awards, but that airline has started adding fuel surcharges to its awards and gutted its award chart back in July. Even its credit cards are generally less rewarding than counterparts in the United States. No wonder Canadians I meet are often so defensive about their homeland.
There’s less competition up north in the mileage game, and they have to learn to expect a bit less or to figure out a way to finagle a US-based points earning card which doesn’t charge foreign currency transaction fees. Or to take the best of what’s out there.
I’m not a big fan of Avios, and I wouldn’t take a 50,000 mile offer for their credit card in the U.S. (bring back the 100,000 mile signup bonus, please, Chase…) but up in Canada 50,000 is rather big news.
In fact, that’s the new offer on a Canadian British Airways Visa Infinite through May 31.
- Receive 15,000 Avios upon approval
- Receive 35,000 Avios after $5,000 in qualifying spend within 3 months
- Companion Award Ticket after $30,000 in qualifying spend in a calendar year (valid on BA only and not on partners).
The card earns 1 Avios per Canadian dollar spent, so even though the US dollar is weak Canadians can still be jealous of the US version of the card which earns 1.25 miles per dollar.
Still, 50,000 points are pretty good, and if all you want is non-stop short-haul (such as to the U.S. on America, or British Airways to London) it is a reasonable award chart. Fuel surcharges on routes where paid tickets have them, but Canadians face fuel surcharges from Aeroplan anyway…
(I do not receive any referral credit of any kind if you apply for this card. And I’m rather glad I do not live in Canada, Washington DC is cold enough.)