British Airways credit card review: Can you do better?


The British Airways credit card isn’t the only way to earn British Airways miles with a credit card, but if you put a lot of spending on the card, the companion ticket lets you book one ticket with points, and get the second one for no points at all.

  • Great for nonstop flights on American and Alaska Airlines starting at 4,500 points each way
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Travel together ticket if you’re a big spender is a plus
  • Most awards from the U.S. to Europe and beyond involve expensive fuel surcharges
  • Award prices are higher for connecting flights as each flight is priced separately based on the distance you fly
Overall Rating
3/5 Stars   
Key Features


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The British Airways Visa lets you earn 3 Avios per dollar spent on British Airways, Iberia and OpenSkies purchases, and 1 Avios per dollar on everything else.

Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases, you will earn a Travel Together Ticket – good for two years when you redeem Avios for a flight on British Airways. You’re responsible for the taxes and fees on the Travel Together Ticket, which can be over $700 roundtrip.

There’s a $95 annual fee that’s not waived the first year.


Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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2 thoughts on British Airways credit card review: Can you do better?

  1. Tony Memory

    Looking at this card as I am a member of the BA Frequent Flyer Program and have around 60,000 now. I thought this would be a great card to continue topping off miles for that Business seat to London from LA for my spouse. Just wonder now IF this is a good plan/card for me.

    I understand the Use some Avios and pay the surcharge……how about buying the Premium Coach and up grading to Business.

    I do actually find the BA site confusing.

    Thanks for any advice.


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