Do you want to earn bonus miles to fly to Europe using the British Airways credit card?
This summer my family of four and I flew to Europe entirely on miles by taking advantage of a great deal from Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline, that lets you fly to Dublin from major U.S. cities round trip for 26,000 points per person during their “off peak” season, which covers the majority of the year. It took us ONE credit card sign up (Chase Sapphhire Reserve) to earn 104,000 points after meeting the minimum spend to have enough points for all of us to fly on miles.
While that card is no longer available with a 100,000-point bonus, there’s another card that gets you close: the British Airways Visa Signature Card.
British Airways Credit Card Details
The British Airways credit card (Visa Signature) is currently offering up to a 75,000-point sign-on bonus. Here is how it works:
- Spend $3000 in the first three months to earn 50,000 points (this would be enough to get TWO people to Europe using Aer Lingus’ 26,000-point roundtrip offer)
- Spend $10,000 in the first year to earn another 25,000 points
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You could potentially earn 75,000 points within a year’s time. You’d need to spend ~$833 per month on the card to reach $10,000 over the course of a year.
For a small fee, you can use Plastiq to pay expenses that do not normally allow you to pay them with a credit card, which is likely to be the easiest path to reach this goal; however, you can no longer pay a mortgage with a Visa card through Plastiq.
Please be sure you PAY OFF YOUR BALANCE every month to avoid putting yourself in debt or financial hardship.
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British Airways’ frequent flyer program is called the British Airways Executive Club and their currency is called “Avios.” Aer Lingus also operates with “Avios” and so you can easily transfer points between the two programs to take advantage of Aer Lingus’ 26,000 round-trip deal to Dublin during their “off peak” season.
Keep in mind this is a Chase card, so to be approved you will not be able to have been approved for more than five credit cards in the last 24 months. You also may not want to apply for this card if you’d like to earn the Southwest Companion Pass by signing up for two Chase Southwest cards and these two approvals would put you over five.
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You can also transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points to British Airways Avios and earn a bonus 5,000 Avios for every 20,000 points you transfer. We were able to take advantage of this offer and earn even more Avios, which we used to book flights on Aer Lingus to cities within Europe from Dublin.
Lastly, British Airways also has an online shopping portal where you can earn points for starting your shopping at popular online retailers within the portal, which can help you boost your Avios even further.
Read About Our Journey to Europe on Aer Lingus:
- European Vacation on Miles Part 1: Dublin
- European Vacation on Miles Part 2: Paris Days 1, 2 & 3
- European Vacation on Miles Part 3: Paris Days 4, 5 and 6
- European Vacation on Miles Part 4: Bologna
- European Vacation on Miles Part 5: Tuscany
- Thoughts on Notre Dame de Paris After Our Recent Visit
- Travel Through Europe: Moving to the Rhythm of an Ancient Heartbeat
Read More About Travel to Europe:
- Hacks for Getting the Most out of European Train Travel
- A Family Guide to Exploring Dublin
- Vacation Rental or Hotel: Which Is Right for Your European Vacation?
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