The British Airways Visa 100,000 mile signup bonus offer is back, and in a similar format (and with similar spending thresholds) as was offered in the spring.
- 50,000 points after $1000 spend within 3 months
- 25,000 more points after $10,000 spend within a year
- 25,000 more points after the second $10,000 spend within a year
I don’t like Avios. That’s because I prefer using miles for premium cabin long haul international travel — precisely what has become exceptionally expensive under this program. For instance you’ll spend twice as many Avios points flying to South Africa in first class as you will points in United’s program.
Avios are quite good for short-haul non-stop economy awards. That’s not how I like to use my miles. (You can avoid exorbitant fuel surcharges imposed by the program by flying transatlantic on Air Berlin, for instance, or by flying US-South America or US domestic coach among other options — if a paid ticket doesn’t have fuel surcharges, then the award ticket should not either.)
I don’t much worry about the spending threshold, though, high as it is.
- At a minimum, a 50,000 point signup bonus can be worthwhile. And then use the points precisely for those short haul coach tickets which would otherwise be expensive. One can deviate from my preferred approach to miles, just as one can get a Southwest 50,000 point card.
- The best value the card offers, in my opinion, is the companion award ticket they give you after $30,000 spending. Two passengers fly on awards for the mileage price of one (you still pay taxes and fuel surcharges for both tickets). This effectively means you double the bonus.
- And two people can form a household account, each get the card. Maybe one hits $30,000 spend for the companion award, earns 137,500 miles as a result (because the card earns 1.25 miles per dollar). The other just gets the 50,000 point signup bonus. The resulting 188,750 miles can then be spent twice on a single award that’s entirely on British Airways flights.
This isn’t a link which provides any credit to me, just flagging that the offer is back. And it’s the only 100,000 point offer in the market…
(HT: Million Mile Secrets)