100K Avios with new offers on British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus

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Fans of the Avios loyalty programs of British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, or Aer Lingus can rejoice as all three co-branded credit cards are now offering 100,000 Avios after just $5,000 in purchases. That’s a fantastic return for those who highly value Avios as it is a huge haul for relatively low spend. As just one example, after meeting the spending requirement, one would have enough Avios for three business class one-way tickets between cities in the northeastern US and Madrid via Iberia Plus — and that’s one of many decent uses of Avios.

Avios sweet spots

The Offers & Key Card Details

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Card Offer and Details
Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card
100K Avios
Get 100K Avios after $5K spend in first 3 months. Also get 5x on purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, and LEVEL for first 12 months (then 3x) and 3x on hotels booked directly with the hotel for first 12 months (then 2x)

$95 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Good choice for a nice signup bonus. Award rebate makes the card a keeper if you frequently book awards from the US to Europe.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 5X British Airways. Iberia, and LEVEL purchases for 12 months (then 3x) ⚬ 3X hotel accommodations booked directly with the hotel (then 2X) ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa card, you’ll earn a Travel Together companion Ticket good for two years.

Noteworthy perks: Up to $600 per year in award fee rebates ⚬ 10% off BA flights originating in the US.

Card Offer and Details
Chase Iberia Visa Signature® Card
100K Avios
Get 100K Avios after $5K spend in first 3 months. Also get 5x on purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, and LEVEL for first 12 months (then 3x) and 3x on hotels booked directly with the hotel for first 12 months (then 2x)

$95 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Good choice for a nice signup bonus. Unless you fly Iberia often or intend to go for the big spend bonus, though, I don't see it as a compelling card to keep past the first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 3X Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, LEVEL and OpenSkie ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your Iberia Visa card, you’ll earn a discount voucher good for $1,000 to use toward two tickets on the same flight

Noteworthy perks: 10% off on Iberia flights when you use your Iberia Visa to purchase at iberia.com/Chase10

Card Offer and Details
Chase Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Card
100K Avios
Get 100K Avios after $5K spend in first 3 months. Also get 5x on purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, and LEVEL for first 12 months (then 3x) and 3x on hotels booked directly with the hotel for first 12 months (then 2x)

$95 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Good choice for a nice signup bonus. Unless you intend to go for the big spend bonus, though, I don't see it as a compelling card to keep past the first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X Aer Lingus, Iberia, British Airways, LEVEL and OpenSkies ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your Aer Lingus Visa card, you’ll earn an economy class companion ticket good for 1 year.

Quick Thoughts

In a normal world, 100,000 airline miles for $5,000 spend would be huge news. Truthfully, if you value Avios at even $0.01 each, you’re looking at a return of $1,000 on $5,000 of spend, which is 20%. That’s a fantastic offer. See our Avios sweet spots post for a host of ways to put those Avios to use for even more valuable redemptions.

On the other hand, with amazing offers currently available on the Amex Platinum Card and Chase Sapphire Preferred (among others), this offers seems less compelling in the current environment. After all, you could get 100,000 transferrable points that could be transferred to Avios when convenient with even less spend with the Sapphire Preferred. That makes the Avios-earning cards less relevant unless you can take advantage of side benefits like the 10% discount on British Airways flights departing the US with the British Airways card. If you can take significant advantage of benefits like that, one of these cards could easily pay for itself.

Keep in mind that these cards are subject to the Chase 5/24 rule, so if interested you will need to have opened fewer than 5 credit cards in the past 24 months.

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