Plenty of folks have had the British Airways co-branded Visa from Chase in the past. I did myself, the signup bonus was great when I was looking to top off for an award. But it didn’t used to be a good card for spending, and I cancelled it years ago.
Now that they’re offering an extremely compelling value proposition —
All well worth the $75 annual fee for the card in my view, even recognizing the expensive British Airways award chart (especially for premium class travel) and the fuel surcharges British Airways imposes on their awards.
So I — and many others — have been interested in getting the card now. But Chase, which used to be great for churning (earning the signup bonuses on a card over and over each time you apply, cancel, re-apply) shut down that possibility for the most part a couple of years ago.
I queried Chase on whether past cardholders would be eligible for the new signup offer, and got a cryptic reply that it would be determined “on a case-by-case basis.” That seemed squirrely to me, I assumed the answer was yes but that they didn’t want to say so. I pushed back a couple days ago but haven’t gotten confirmation from the Chase side of things.
Meanwhile, others were wondering the same thing and British Airways has posted on Flyertalk that indeed past cardholders are eligible for the offer.
I can confirm if you were a previous cardholder and not a current cardholder, you will be eligible for the bonus miles if you apply (and subsequently are approved by Chase).Sweet! I imagine I’ll be waiting until January to apply for the card, since the $30,000 in spending is based on calendar year if I recall correctly. And I’m concentrating on some other spending thresholds in November and December. But this is definitely on the list for me now!