Traveling to London is such an interesting thing to do. It feels very much familiar, yet, it feels just a little bit foreign. It’s the perfect place to start when you traveling internationally. However, there is one pretty annoying thing about flying there, and that is the amount of money that is added to an airline ticket. There are just so many fuel surcharges, that customers have to pay. It’s so bad that if you’re just passing through to get a connection somewhere else in Europe, it’s usually cheaper to fly to an entirely different country by a few hundred dollars. British Airways may have a solution that should help alleviate that negative policy.
The Tax Credits
Interestingly enough, this isn’t advertised on the Chase website for the British Airways card itself, which is a shame because it’s a pretty awesome benefit!
If you hold the British Airways credit card, you will now be entitled to getting a tax credits of up to $600 per year. That’s such a huge perk, especially considering the annual fee for the card is only $95! More details are broken down below:
The credit works up to 3 times per calendar year. Every time you fly from the United States to the United Kingdom on a British Airways flight (portion over the Atlantic needs to be British Airways), you are eligible for a tax credit. First and Business class tickets can receive up to $200 per award flight, and premium economy and regular economy can get up to $100 per award flight.
Additionally, there is another change involved on the card, involving a 2x reward category. All purchases at hotels made directly with the hotel will now earn 2x Avios.
Credit Card Summary
The British Airways credit card has 100,000 point sign up bonus that’s broken up into two parts. The first 50,000 are earned by spending $3,000 within the first 3 months, and the other 50,000 points are earned when you spend $20,000 within the first year. The card also features a $95 annual fee that is not waived in the first year. For that annual fee, you’re getting 3x on British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus, 2x on hotels purchased directly (new), and 1x for every other purchase.
Additionally, if you are able to spend $30,000 within a calendar year, you will earn a Travel Together Ticket. This ticket allows you to get an additional seat for a companion when you buy the original seat with points. The Travel Together Ticket is good for 2 years, and for any cabin, including first class.
For people that actually fly in between the United Kingdom and United States (it is a British Airways card after all) on British Airways, these new changes could actually be really helpful. The sad truth is that there are just too many fees when you’re flying to the United Kingdom, so it’s great to see that there is a way to alleviate that pain. The great thing about it is that you are eligible for up to $600 on a card that has a $95 annual fee, how neat is that?
What do you think about these two changes on the British Airways credit card? Let us know down in the comment section below.