New 100,000 Mile Credit Card offer from Chase

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  1. benchik
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    Thanks for the heads up Gary. Will defiantly look into this tomorrow afternoon.
     
  3. kyunbit
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    hope the first year fee was waived!
     
  4. benchik
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    Sadly. Nope.
     
  5. Pinkmoose
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    Just applied...
    Wish me luck!
    Thanks for the link and keep posting any other good credit card deals which are floating around.
     
  6. Tivoboy
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    it's live on ba.com now
     
  8. Sean Colahan
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    SWEET!! Just did the application and have one for me and one for my wife...here comes 200,000 BA miles and biz class to asia or europe :)
     
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    For those not familiar with the BA Executive Club, here is a sample of what you will expect to pay over and above the miles component of your BAEC redemption:

    Economy Class
    MIA-SCL (LA) 40,000 BA Miles + $87.10
    JFK-EZE (AA) 40,000 BA Miles + $98.60
    SFO-HKG (CX) 50,000 BA Miles + $298.86
    ORD-HEL (AY) 65,000 BA Miles + $312.00
    JFK-NRT (JL) 50,000 BA Miles + $497.50
    ORD-PVG (AA) 50,000 BA Miles + $522.90
    JFK-LHR (BA) 50,000 BA Miles + $535.20
    SEA-LHR (BA) 50,000 BA Miles + $535.20
    IAD-DEL (BA) 90,000 BA Miles + $606.10

    Business Class
    MIA-SCL (LA) 80,000 BA Miles + $87.10
    JFK-EZE (AA) 80,000 BA Miles + $98.60
    SFO-HKG (CX) 100,000 BA Miles + $299.10
    ORD-HEL (AY) 130,000 BA Miles + $312.00
    JFK-NRT (JL) 100,000 BA Miles + $497.50
    ORD-PVG (AA) 100,000 BA Miles + $522.90
    JFK-LHR (BA) 100,000 BA Miles + $772.20
    SEA-LHR (BA) 100,000 BA Miles + $848.00
    IAD-DEL (BA) 180,000 BA Miles + $1044.60

    ITA is good source for checking taxes/fees/surcharges
     
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    I think it is better to wait for an offer with annual fee waiver unless you need these miles in near future.
     
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    Ouch - that does not look good at all! I had heard that you can use BA miles to book AA flights. Is this possible, and if so, can you do so without incurring so many fees?
     
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    BAEC redemptions on AA domestic flights do not attract fuel surcharges. The rule of thumb is, if the operating airline imposes a fuel surcharge on a cash fare, you can be sure BA will pass this on to you when you book it as a BAEC redemption.
     
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    wow! Those are some high fuel fees!
    But that CC promo is nice! Too bad I'm EU based
     
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    I signed up for this card. I haven't gotten the bonus yet, but haven't gotten my first bill yet, either. (I have already met the spend requirement.) I presume I'll get it without issue.

    I've been using the Chase BA card as my principal card since I got it, replacing Amex Platinum's position in my wallet. I was initially very attracted to the 1.25 mile/$ earn rate, having benefited from a temporary 25% bonus promotion on Citi's AA Mastercard earlier this year.

    I am now, however, having second thoughts about making the Chase card my primary card. With the Chase sign-up 100k bonus, I'll be up to 800,000 BA miles - more than enough for a couple of long haul F or J tickets to most destinations. Against that, there has been a steady stream of BA transfer bonuses (40%, now 50%!) from MR to BA. DL is a habitual promotion provider, as well, for MR points. Plus, MR points can go into any alliance, which is very valuable to me (though my principal carriers are all OW and ST).

    Here's my profile: I fly about 125k on OW (nets about 275k AA miles with COS and status bonuses), and 50k on DL (gets about 120k miles). I spend about $200k a year on cards. My current miles portfolio is 1.3 million on DL, 1.3 million on AA, 1.1 million MR, 800k on BA and 100k on SPG. (Also, 18k on A3 and 350 Hyatt points!) I have a family of 4, and we really only travel in a premium cabin - so when we travel, we usually burn a few hundred thousand miles. I'm not saving miles for any particular trip at present, though I think we'll do some sort of Europe trip next year (including a visit to Sveti Stefan).

    Here's what I'm thinking of doing:
    (a) Stick with the Chase BA card till I hit the 30k spend (to get the 2-4-1 coupon), then switch back to Amex (even at the 1 mile/$ earn rate) as my principal card. I'm valuing the flexibility of MR points (xfer to any alliance) and the likelihood that there will be more bonuses (at greater than 25%) to BA and DL from MR. (There's risk in the BA portion of this equation - who knows what they'll do in the future - but DL's continuation of promotions seems like a no-brainer.)
    (b) Transfer 200k from MR to BA to get a 100k bonus under the current promo. This will give me a million miles in the bank on BA, plus I'll have a 2-4-1 coupon from the spend. This should be good enough for a family of four to go most places on BA (plus some fuel surcharges, of course).

    Does this make sense to you in light of my overall situation?
     
  15. Tivoboy
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    Yeah, but with that much annual spend you're better off doing say 60K on the BA card and getting TWO 241, and then putting the rest on AMEX and then working the MR bonuses as much as possible
     
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    Is it one 2-4-1 per $30k of spend? Or just one 2-4-1 if you hit $30k. Would I get 3 at $90k?
     
  17. Tivoboy
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    I believe it is one 241 per 30K, TWO 241 for 60K, etc. I don't think there is an annual limit to earning the 241 vouchers
     
  18. NYBanker
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    Wow. This is significant. Can anyone confirm for sure? (This post was a "think," not a "will.")

    Worst case I'll call Chase CS this evening to confirm.
     
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    The suspense was weighing on me. I called chase CS and sadly they report just one 2-4-1 per year!
     
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    Oh god..not more!!!!!
     
  21. Sign your spouse up for BA executive club. Setup a "household account" (lets you combine miles for all family members -- but you can then only use miles for the family members, not any other 3rd party). Now get your spouse a BA Chase Visa. Current bonus is "only" 50K miles, accumulate $30K spend and your spouse will have accumulated ~87K miles plus a 2-4-1 voucher (household accounts can have 2 vouchers, one for each of your visa cards). Note that the 30K spend has to take place within a calendar year, so you only have 6 months left of 2011 to reach that goal.

    DAK
     
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