Chase British Airways Visa Signature Review *Expired*

by Hu$tler on September 3, 2014

in Chase Credit Cards,Credit Card bonuses


What is Avios?

Avios is the new shared reward currency for British Airways Executive Club. One Avios is exactly one BA mile. Benefits of Avios to the customers include:

  • Cabin upgrades using Avios
  • A new range of travel reward redemption options, including hotels and car hire for BA Executive Club members
  • More flexibility as customers can now use Avios for one-way flights or to mix and match the airports they fly to and from.

Card Features:

  • You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad
  • In addition to the bonus Avios, you will also get 2.5 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1.25 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa Card, you’ll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years
  • Smart Chip Technology allows you to use your card for chip based purchases in Europe & Beyond, while still giving you the ability to use your card as you do today at home

You can use the 50K Avios through other one-world flights, including transatlantic Iberia flights, and non-transatlantic AA flights. Want to go to Europe round-trip on less than $400? The Chase British Airways Visa Signature card 50,000 BA Executive Club Avios for new cardmembers with first purchase is good enough for an economy class transatlantic flight from USA to Europe Zone 1. This includes the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland. Why the $400 cost even though it’s a free flight? Taxes and fees.

Quick Summary:

  • BA Avios cannot be redeemed for transatlantic flights on American Airlines. However, they can be redeemed for other oneworld flights, including transatlantic Iberia flights, and non-transatlantic AA flights.
  • The 2-for-1 voucher is good only for BA mainline flights, not partners.
  • To check on status of your application using an automated line, call 800-945-2006. At the prompt press # then 1, then enter your SSN
  • To check on status with a human, 888-270-2127

The biggest downside of the BA Visa is the $95 annual fee. However, this is fully mitigated by the signup bonus worth $1,000 of travel. The second annoying factor is the heavy taxes and fees when booking transatlantic airline flights comes with a big caveat: you have to pay taxes and fees in addition to forking over when using your Avios. On the plus side, it offers some great features for international travelers such as:

  • EMV chip-and-PIN technology, so you can actually use your card in Europe
  • A free companion ticket that you can use in any cabin, every year that you make $30k in purchases or more
  • Waived foreign transaction fees, key for any self-respecting international credit card

For those big spenders out there, the the BA card’s companion ticket offer(worth $500+ a year) is a great option.  You’ll also earn 25% more rewards than the standard airline card rewards rate of 2.5 Avios per $1 spent on British Airways/1.25 Avios per $1 spent elsewhere. Don’t wait any longer to apply for the British Airways Visa Signature® Card today!


Disclaimer: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through the credit card issuer Affiliate Program.


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levy May 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm



Hu$tler January 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Matt, you can buy coins from the U.S Mint Dept. or buy gift cards from ebay with double dipping from Bing/Ebates. Read my earlier posts for those methods.


Matt January 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Any ideas on charging $2000 without buying $2000 worth of stuff? I thought I could use my business Paypal account and request money from my personal account but it won’t let me use a credit card.


Hu$tler January 9, 2010 at 12:36 am

Here’s from slickdeal user Jamestren’s experience:

1) You CAN apply and potentially be approved even with another recent Chase card opened (I had a SWA one opened about 4 months before grabbing this one)

2) NO one is immediately approved, so don’t sweat it. Just wait 7-10 days and call the phone number to get your status. If you are hear a message at that point that you will get an answer in writing in the mail, then press 0. Ask to be transferred to the applications department, go from there.

3) If you have a lot of Chase accounts already (I had 5), then the approval could be held up. I simply stated that I would be happy to close another account in lieu of getting this one opened. They gladly closed an old Sony account and approved this one for the same amount as that one was

4) The miles post the statement AFTER your first purchase hits your statement, and the first payment posts. I opened two accounts (one for me, one for wife). I have worked both cards effectively and now have 200K+ points, but it took 2 full months from the time the cards arrived.

5) I read nearly every post in the last thread, and I can attest that MOST people will get approved eventually. It seems like 90% of the people that called in to talk to the applications department were able to clear up concerns and get the card.

6) Don’t know who said this, but the miles do NOT need to be spent by the end of 2010. There is an additional benefit on the current offer that allows for $50 off a booking, and that is what the Dec.31, 2010, deadline refers to.

7) If opening multiple accounts in a household, apply for and take advantage of the household account (info in Wiki)

8) Despite what the BA website shows when doing a rewards point estimate, you CAN use your rewards anywhere in the US where American Airlines flies. They put several cities in there for search purposes, but I can fly from Tulsa anywhere in the continental US for 25K miles + $5 fee.

9) Finding an available reward flight is not that difficult. I did a TON of searches, and can fly just about anywhere I want from Tulsa anytime I need to. There do seem to be some restrictions though (like flying on some weekend days or certain times of the year). However, anytime I got an error saying a flight is not available, I was able to search 7 days prior and find openings. I am considering booking the entire family to Hawaii in September….

10) Flying internationally on BA, you will almost ALWAYS go through Heathrow. The reason for the enormous fees is because of the ridiculous fees at that specific airport. Expect to pay as much as $300 to fly overseas if you book directly with BA and go through that airport. Still worth the trouble IMHO, but don’t expect a $5 ticket.

11) Flights anywhere in the US to anywhere in the US (including Hawaii) cost $5 out of pocket, that’s it. 25K miles within the borders, 35k miles to Hawaii.


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