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The British Airways Visa Signature® Card has one of the biggest signup bonuses of any credit card. You can currently earn up to 75,000 Avios:
- 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening, then an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you spend $10,000 total on purchases within your first year of account opening for a total of 75,000 bonus Avios.
It also comes with interesting benefits.
Travel Together Companion Ticket
If you spend $30,000 in a year on the card, you double the effectiveness of your points because you earn a ‘Travel Together’ companion award ticket which allows you to book two passengers on an award ticket for the mileage price of one award. (You still pay taxes and fees for both passengers, but you stretch your points because you only pay miles for one.)
British Airways Allows Family Pooling, and Chase Points Transfer
It’s easy to top off a British Airways account. You can transfer American Express points, and you can transfer Chase points. If you don’t have enough points from this card alone, you can transfer points to top off a British Airways account at one-to-one from a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card which is offering 50,000 points after $4000 spend within 3 months plus 5000 points for adding a (no fee) authorized user to the account and making a purchase within that same timeframe. These points can be transferred instantly once earned.
And British Airways allows you to link accounts for family pooling, you give up the ability to redeem for people outside the linked household but you can share points across those multiple accounts at no charge for a single award. Up to 7 family accounts can be linked.
10% Discount on British Airways Tickets
This is the sleeper benefit and for those who buy tickets on BA this is huge. There is a re-usable code, CARDOFFERU, that cardholders can use to get 10% off their paid tickets.
The page for this discount has said that the offer was valid only on itineraries that begin by December 31, 2017 for some time.
I’ve been pestering folks for a few weeks to see if this offer would be extended. And no one had a definitive answer. Yesterday it still wasn’t working for 2018 itineraries. Today it appears to be.
You enter the promo code on the page confirming price after selecting your British Airways flights.
The price then drops and discount is confirmed.
One thing I love is that the “discount is off the total cost of the fare (including taxes, fees, and carrier charges).” It’s valid on any cabin, so useful even when applying an AARP discount and even on sale fares. Travel must originate in the U.S. and must be round trips.
Here’s an itinerary in February 2018:
(HT: meir w.)