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It’s always nice to be ‘Avios’ rich.

Whether it’s upgrades, flight discounts or cashing in Avios for flights on British Airways or its many partners, having enough to do whatever you want just feels “good”.

For a limited time, there’s ample opportunity to earn not just a few, but 100,000 at a time, thanks to limited time welcome bonuses from Chase on their British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia Avios offering cards. Each one is offering a 100,000 point welcome, which can’t last forever.

Who Should Get These Avios Earning Cards?

A while back, I wrote that anyone who spends more than $1000 a year with British Airways, Iberia or Aer Lingus should get any (or all) of these cards. Why?

The simplest benefit may be the best: there’s a 10% discount on flights leaving the US, all from a card with a $95 annual fee. Spend $1000 on the British Airways Visa and that 10% would save you $100, which more than covers the annual fee right away.

The same would apply on the Aer Lingus Card or the Iberia Card.

Spend significantly more… save significantly more. The 10% savings is uncapped, so someone who regularly flies British Airways can save meaningful money each year just by having this BA card, on top of all the Avios and other perks earned. If you wanted the savings on Iberia, you could get the Iberia Card, and so on.

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BA First Class. Business class fares can be upgraded to First, using Avios.

And let’s be honest, 100,000 points is reason alone.

A 100,000 point welcome is an excuse to do something awesome. It’s enough points to fly somewhere in first class, or round trip in business class. The card also comes with fee credits to help offset any surcharges when you redeem points.

Specifically, the British Airways Card offers $200 off taxes and fees on Business (Club World) or First Class bookings made using Avios, and $100 off the fees charged when you redeem for Economy (World Traveller) or Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus).

Reasonable Spending Too

Historically speaking, these Aer Lingus, British Airways and Iberia co-branded credit cards from Chase offered big bonuses, but in a staggered manner. Like, spend $3k, get 50,000 points, spend $20k, get another 50,0000 points. That’s not what’s happening here.

For a limited time, these (3) separate but equally fabulous card offers only require $5,000 in spending within the first 3 months (total) to unlock the 100,000 Avios points on each card.

Points transfers between Iberia and British Airways remain possible at a 1:1 ratio, so someone who already has the British Airways card could potentially add 100,000 Avios to their account with the Iberia card.

My favorite ways to use Avios remain short haul trips globally when cash prices are expensive on BA, American, Qantas or Japan Airlines; for first class upgrades when I’ve been able to find business class on discount, or upgrades to business when premium is a bargain. Of course, long haul first class is nice too.

You can check out these stellar offers here.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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