One of the best card offers that seems to come around every once in a while is the Chase 100k British Airways offer. This year’s version is a bit worse than years past… I got my 100k BA in 2010 for a mere $2500 in spend. And this was before BA’s program changeover to “Avios,” so I was able to use that 100k for 2 round trip tickets (in coach…) to Bangkok with a stopover in Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific.
This year’s offer is 50k right off the bat, 25k after spending $10k, and 25k more after another $10k. You do have a full year to complete the spend, though, and for “just” another $10k ($30k total), you get BA’s coveted Travel Together certificate. This allows 2 people to travel for the miles of one person. The $30k/year benefit is an ongoing one–you can get a Travel Together certificate every year.
Other benefits of the card include 1.25 (vs the usual 1.0 on most cards) BA miles per dollar spent, no foreign transaction fees, and a chip which makes it easier to use in countries that primarily use chip instead of mag stripe.
Since the BA award chart is distance based, the awards can be leveraged to great value on short haul redemptions, and since AA is their domestic partner, you’ll want to look for routes to and from their hubs–NYC, Chicago, Miami, Dallas and Los Angeles. Flights like DC to NY can be had for only 9000 Avios round trip, or DC to Miami for only 15000. That means that this sign up bonus, if you spend the $20k, is worth more than 8 round trips from DC to Miami. But even 4 with no spend requirement is a pretty nice bonus.
Link to offer: Chase BA 100k