US customers rejoice, Chase bank has brought back the 100,000 mile signup bonus for the British Airways Visa. Apparently it was supposed to launch tomorrow, Wednesday, in the early afternoon. But the offer is up early on the British Airways Executive Club website if you log into your account. (This was actually noticed in another thread by tivoboy.) The offer is intended to last through the month of April, though of course it could get pulled earlier than that. * 50,000 bonus miles after first purchase * 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,500 on the card within three months. Clicking on the banner link for the offer when I log into my BA Executive Club account takes me to an application link which doesn't mention details of the signup bonus. Personally I'd wait until tomorrow (Wednesday), just in case there's a better splash page that goes up, prior to applying. UPDATE: Offer is now fully details on the British Airways Executive Club website, is scheduled to last through May 6 (though it could get pulled early), and can be seen here: http://www.britishairways.com/travel/creditcards/public/en_us? There’s a $95 annual fee for the card. Key features: Earns 1.25 miles per dollar. This way, it’s as good for earning BA miles as spend on a Starwood Amex (though of course without the same flexibility) No foreign currency transaction fees. International travelers need one of those, and this card provides a reasonable compromise between cost and earning from among the cards with this benefit (same fee as the Hyatt card with better earn, much lower fee than the Continetnal Presidential Plus Mastercard, the United Visa that comes with lounge membership, or the Amex Platinum). Free companion award ticket after $30,000 in spend each year. This makes even awards which are pretty pricey through the BA chart much more manageable. You must fly British Airways metal, though, and that does mean incurring some pretty high fuel surcharges. Why do you want 100k BA miles? The British Airways program is pretty good provided you’re willing to swallow the fuel surcharges they add onto award tickets. For a US to Europe award, assume about $450 per person. Flying via London to Africa it can be double that. Still, when you’re getting a $10,000 or $20,000 airline ticket it can be worthwhile. The 100,000 miles don’t have to be spent on British Airways, of course. They’ve even started adding fuel surcharges onto American Airlines awards (since American has started including such charges in fares). But the charges are quite reasonable on some partners like Cathay Pacific. 100,000 miles is enough for a roundtrip business class award on Cathay Pacific from the US to much of Asia, and total taxes and fees are likely to be in the $250 per person range. One other caveat about British Airways is that awards on its partners should only be booked using a single partner or a single partner plus BA itself. Awards on two partners get very expensive miles-wise. British Airways award availability, especially in premium cabins, is outstanding. If you want first class awards from the West Coast of the US to Europe, or from London to South Africa or Kenya, BA is among the most likely to deliver. And if you want multiple award seats on a single flight, again BA comes out on top — I often find six or more award seats in business and first on the Houston-London flight, for instance, and similar offerings from Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia. Of course you can fly American Airlines or Alaska as your one partner to get to those gateway cities. Another monster bonus just as Randy was predicting!