The British Airways offer for 100,000 Avios points is set to expire July 17th, so if you plan on applying for this card you should do it sooner rather than later. You earn 50,000 Avios points after first purchase and then 25,000 points after spending $10,000 and then another 25,000 points after spending another $10,000 on the card within a year. Both Kim and I have applied for this card. Kim was instantly approved and My application is pending. I’ll call chase to move around credit or trade a card I no longer use to be approved for this one. UPDATE: I just called the Chase reconsideration line and they informed me that my application has been approved! So that means I now have 5 credit cards with Chase. Two freedom cards, one Sapphire Preferred, one Southwest Plus Personal card, and now the British Airways card.
British Airways recently made some changes to their frequent flyer program that many don’t like. I think it depends on how you personally will use the points. The changes will benefit some while hurting others. The new program is based on mileage and not zones like other programs. For example, you can fly JFK-YUL (New York to Montreal) for only 9,000 Avios points round trip on American Airlines since British Airways is a partner.. People who will benefit most will be those who live in an American Airlines hub city (New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Chicago in the US). If you don’t live in one of those cities and they are not your final destination, you will have to connect in the hub city before traveling to your destination. And since the British Airways program is mileage based you’ll pay for each segment. If you have a standard route you can enter the starting and ending airports using Milez.biz. If that doesn’t work, you’ll have to look up the individual legs using the Avios Point Calculator. It’s rather clunky and will only show points for single segments from my testing. And if that fails, you’ll need to use MileCalc.com that displays mileage between two airports. Just follow the chart below and add up each segment to find out the total points needed for your round trip flight.