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British Airways - Earn up to 75,000 bonus Avios after spending $10k in 1 year

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BA miles are more flexible to be spent in USA on American Airlines. Booking starts from 7500 miles per segment.

https://www.britishairways.com/en...edit-cards

Earn 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.

Earn 25,000 bonus Avios after you spend $10,000 total on purchases within the first year from account opening.

Membership fee $95 a year.
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it used to be 100K ...thumbs down
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25k Avios is a round trip ticket from the West coast to Hawaii on American is a good deal. 10k is a hell of a spend though, although it's in 1 year.
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25k Avios is a round trip ticket from the West coast to Hawaii on American is a good deal. 10k is a hell of a spend though, although it's in 1 year.
Thanks for the Hawaii tip
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DON'T DO IT!!! Worst program ever. Redeeming points will make your hair fall out. From my experience, I determined that there were only 4 seats available per flight from which I could redeem my Avios for. So be prepared to schedule your flight as soon as the seats become available (months in advance). Then, expensive fuel charges drastically reduce the value of your reward points.
I regret falling for the 100,000 point program. I would've been better off buying tickets cheaper elsewhere and taking advantage of cash back rewards. At the time I had a 2% cash back card. I've now switched to a 2.5% CB card (from USAA).
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DON'T DO IT!!! Worst program ever. Redeeming points will make your hair fall out. From my experience, I determined that there were only 4 seats available per flight from which I could redeem my Avios for. So be prepared to schedule your flight as soon as the seats become available (months in advance). Then, expensive fuel charges drastically reduce the value of your reward points.
I regret falling for the 100,000 point program. I would've been better off buying tickets cheaper elsewhere and taking advantage of cash back rewards. At the time I had a 2% cash back card. I've now switched to a 2.5% CB card (from USAA).
Agreed. I have 250000 Miles. Hardly able to use them.
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Agreed. I have 250000 Miles. Hardly able to use them.
Use for aa .. or on Iberia to europe.
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DON'T DO IT!!! Worst program ever. Redeeming points will make your hair fall out. From my experience, I determined that there were only 4 seats available per flight from which I could redeem my Avios for. So be prepared to schedule your flight as soon as the seats become available (months in advance). Then, expensive fuel charges drastically reduce the value of your reward points.
I regret falling for the 100,000 point program. I would've been better off buying tickets cheaper elsewhere and taking advantage of cash back rewards. At the time I had a 2% cash back card. I've now switched to a 2.5% CB card (from USAA).
This.

It works if you can arrange your schedule and travel destinations to match their availability. And as noted, there are some higher value uses. So for those willing to travel where and when they want you to, it may work. But if that's you, you probably already know this or have done this card. Not a good program for general uses.
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In general Avios aren't that great, but there are some cases where they offer tremendous value. For short flights on AA, you need fewer Avios than AA miles. In addition, you don't have to pay the last minute fees when you book with Avios - the $75 that AA charges if you book less than 3 weeks in advance.
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In general Avios aren't that great, but there are some cases where they offer tremendous value. For short flights on AA, you need fewer Avios than AA miles. In addition, you don't have to pay the last minute fees when you book with Avios - the $75 that AA charges if you book less than 3 weeks in advance.

Yup- also still some very high value redemptions using other partners for overseas travel like iberia or Aer Lingus that avoid the insane BA fuel charges too.


THAT said- the 10k spend for the extra 25k avios is virtually never a reasonable deal. That's 35k net points for 10k spent.

Just putting 10k spend through 5x UR chase cards would get you 50k UR, which can go 1:1 to avios or many other programs.

(ditto using that 10k spend to earn other, larger/better, sign up bonuses with other cards from a slew of issuers).
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DON'T DO IT!!! Worst program ever. Redeeming points will make your hair fall out. From my experience, I determined that there were only 4 seats available per flight from which I could redeem my Avios for. So be prepared to schedule your flight as soon as the seats become available (months in advance). Then, expensive fuel charges drastically reduce the value of your reward points.
I regret falling for the 100,000 point program. I would've been better off buying tickets cheaper elsewhere and taking advantage of cash back rewards. At the time I had a 2% cash back card. I've now switched to a 2.5% CB card (from USAA).
I've flown British airways on almost all my overseas trips using points. For one, using points on ba isn't worth it unless your flying business or
Higher. All my flights were first class. Yes, the fees were a little over 2k total for two tickets, but it beats spending 12k each ticket, plus the companion pass is amazing. Secondly, I use a flight availability checker with alerts to book the ticket. If it's not available when I initially check, I then set the alert, and the moment it becomes available, I book the flight. It works, but the main thing you have to understand is that in first class there's only 8-12 seats, so availability is sparse. In the end me and my family have been able to successfully fly first class with companion pass for the last 5 years. We plan ahead and we pay the taxes but it beats paying full price for first. If your a sporadic flyer and plans your travel on the fly, it's hard to do with British. But aa rewards on British are amazing and are easy to find and races are like 6 dollar for domestic travel.
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