British Airways is trying to cash in on the growing trend of airline companies collaborating with credit card companies to offer airline credit cards. The British national carrier together with Chase launched the highly anticipated British Airways Visa Card.
This card has made it easy to earn enough points to redeem an international airline ticket. Upon first purchase, customers will receive a credit of 50,000 BA Executive Club miles which would be increased by another 50,000 miles if the total purchase of items over the next three months reaches $2,000.
Gary Leff, a subject matter expert in frequent flier programs, is thoroughly impressed with the card's generous offerings and incentives. Normally, airline companies are only willing to award a maximum of 25,000 miles as a sign-up bonus.
For an annual fee of $75 it is a steal, considering that other similar cards which charge the same amount are not able to match up BA's incentive plan.
The card is already available and customers can sign-up online, but activation date will not be until November 16. Moreover, the enticing rewards plan is only good until November 30.
Breaking away from tradition, British Airways is offering the card even to previous British Airways visa credit card holders, on the condition that they are currently not under such plans. Normally, great credit card deals are available only to new clients.
One other draw of the card is if customers book flights online through BA's website, they will get a $50 discount on round-trip tickets. In addition, it is possible to book flights up to December 31, 2009 and still qualify for the price shave.
One lowdown of this plan is that consumers will be charged for fuel surcharges, which could cost anywhere from $135-$200 for a two-way flight. One thing to pay attention too is that British Airways traditionally charges more for major routes compared to other major airlines.
With this card, a user upon hitting the $30,000 mark will be qualified to a free companion ticket. However, most wage earner travellers would find that amount to be a bit steep, but for small-sized business owners, it is fairly achievable.
Consumers who will be attempting to get themselves into the program to take advantage of the miles incentive and then bail out afterwards are cautioned. Cancelling credit cards would decrease one's total available credit limit which would have an adverse effect on one's credit score. Thus, it would be unwise for someone who is planning to make big purchases to try this technique out since his chances for securing loans would be adversely affected.