Looking to save miles for flights to Europe? The British Airways credit card is a fantastic option, and it has a new bonus of 50,000 miles after a $3,000 minimum spend in the first 3 months. You can also earn an additional 50,000 miles after spending a total of $20,000 in one calendar year.
Yep, that’s 100,000+ miles to get you to Europe, which is enough for a family of 4!!!
In 2017, 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.
Read exactly how to take advantage of this FAB Aer Lingus deal.
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 gets you even MORE miles with its current bonus offer: the British Airways Visa Signature Card.
If you took full advantage of the new British Airways card offer, you’d earn at least 123,000 miles if you met both minimum spends over the course of this year for a trip to Europe NEXT year. That’s almost enough for FIVE people to fly to Europe on miles with the Aer Lingus deal.
British Airways Credit Card Details and Offer
The British Airways credit card (Visa Signature) is currently offering up to a 100,000-point sign-on bonus. Here is how it works:
- Spend $3,000 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 $20,000 in the first year to earn another 50,000 points (this would be enough to get FOUR — almost FIVE — people to Europe using Aer Lingus’ 26,000-point roundtrip offer)
Annual Fee: $95
Offer End Date: None
Other Card Benefits:
- Earn 3 Avios per $1 on British Airways purchases
- Earn 1 Avios per $1 on all other purchases
- 10% off British Airways flights from the US booked by March 31, 2020 through the website provided in the card welcome info
- Spend $30,000 in one calendar year to earn a Travel Together Ticket that does not expire for two years. This is similar to the Southwest Companion Pass but can only be redeemed once for a rewards flights in the same cabin booked on British Airways and originating in the U.S. More details.
- No foreign transaction fees
- Avios never expire as long as you hold this card and make a purchase at least every 36 months
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You could potentially earn 123,000 miles, which British Airways calls “Avios,” within a year’s time if you take advantage of both minimum spend offers.
You’d need to spend ~$1,600 per month on the card to reach $20,000 minimum spend over the course of a year.
For a small fee, you can use Plastiq (this is an affiliate link) 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.
Consider any and ALL expenses you can pay with the card like:
- Medical bills
- Car payments
- Health insurance
- Car insurance
- Home improvements
- Membership fees
- HOA fees, etc
Please be sure you PAY OFF YOUR BALANCE every month to avoid putting yourself in debt or financial hardship.
About British Airways Avios
British Airways’ frequent flyer program is called the British Airways Executive Club and their currency is called “Avios.” Aer Lingus also operates with “Avios,” as does Iberia, and so you can easily transfer points between these three 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 (excluding AMEX and Chase business cards) in the last 24 months.
If you’d like to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which lets one person fly FREE with you for up to TWO years, I encourage you to first apply for any Chase Southwest cards you’d like FIRST and then any other cards you’d like.
Download my free cheat sheet below that tells you 10 things you MUST know to earn the Southwest Airlines’ Companion Pass:
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Other Ways to Earn Avios
Other great ways to accrue either Avios or points/miles that transfer to Avios include these travel credit cards:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred (my FAVORITE travel credit card; read my full review)
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Chase Ink Business Preferred
- Iberia Visa Signature
- Aer Lingus Visa Signature
Additionally, you can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points earned from the various Marriott Bonvoy credit cards, including the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card, to British Airways Avios and earn a bonus 5,000 Avios for every 60,000 points you transfer.
We were able to take advantage of transferring Marriott Bonvoy points (then Starwood Preferred Guest points) to accumulate 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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