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.
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Earning rate: 3X British Airways. Iberia, Aer Lingus, and LEVEL ⚬ 2X hotel accommodations booked directly with the hotel ⚬ 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.
Noteworthy perks: Priority Boarding on Aer Lingus flights departing from and returning to the US from Ireland ⚬ No foreign transaction fees.
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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