As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, one of the best travel hacking deals will be hacked to pieces on February 2nd, 2016. It is a big blow, no doubt. I’ve mentioned in my Wednesday post that if you’ve been thinking about redeeming Avios on this type of route, now is the time.
But what if you don’t got any? Sure, there is an option of transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards or SPG. There is also another route: Applying for Chase British Airways Signature Visa. But doesn’t it require $20K in spending? No, not really. The bonus is tiered. See more details in my Best credit card deals for family page.
You get 50K Avios after spending just $2K in 3 months, and you can stop after that if you wish. The annual fee of $95 is not waived. There was a link for an offer with a waived fee, but it died. If anyone has a working link, please, leave it in the comments section.
Yes, the offer I mentioned does pay me commission, and yes, you are reading a sales pitch. But I truly believe that for some, this bonus could be worth considering. Normally, I would tell you to wait for an offer with a waived fee if you plan to stop at 50K Avios. But in this case, beggars can’t be choosers. If you apply within the next few weeks, your bonus should post before February 2nd. Of course, you can transfer your flexible points instead, and for some, this could be the way to go. Or you can just save those and collect currency (via Chase BA offer) that you know for a fact will be worth less come February 2nd.
So, who should look into applying for this card? Well, obviously, it’s mostly a good fit for those looking to capitalize on 4,500 Avios pricing before it’s caput. There are many possibilities, but here are just a few lucrative examples: New York-Toronto, Miami-Cancun, Miami-Montego Bay, Miami-Nassau.
So, if you applied for Chase British Airways Signature Visa, you would have enough points for 5 roundtrip tickets (and an extra one-way ticket!) That’s pretty good. You can always use Southwest points to get a positioning flight. Of course, this card sin’t the right fit for everyone. Personally, I won’t be applying because our plans are already set for next year. I won’t be able to beat the upcoming devaluation.
You can always use the points for routes that currently cost 7,500 Avios. No other changes will be made other than to the lowest tier redemption. Avios program is still a tremendous bargain, all things considered (see my post for more).
But what about Chase new rule of not approving those who got more than 5 new cards within the last 2 years? It doesn’t really apply to Chase British Airways Visa because it’s a co-branded product. Of course, if the application goes to pending status, it may very well get rejected. Chase is becoming very picky when it comes to churners. But at least it won’t be an automatic rejection like it would be with UR-earning cards (see this post for details). You qualify to receive this bonus as long as you haven’t gotten it within the last 24 months.
As I’ve previously said, this isn’t the end of the travel hacking world. All spectacular things in The Hobby eventually come to an end, it’s inevitable. And once again, whether you should consider applying for Chase British Airways card is totally your call. I won’t be getting it, but your situation could be completely different. I may be a salesman, but I pride myself on being an honest salesman.
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Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.