British Airways Visa Signature Card–Free Business Class Ticket

Review of: British Airways Visa Signature Card®
British Airways Visa Signature Card®

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On December 4, 2012
Last modified:May 10, 2013


With free business class ticket and annual Travel Together Ticket, this card earns high marks for international travelers.

If you’ve done much international travel, you know that British Airways is the Cadillac of airlines when it comes to luxury. It is probably best known for its business class seats that convert into beds, making long flights much more comfortable. And now the British Airways Visa Signature® Card is a great way to earn free travel. In this review we’ll cover all the details, including how you can earn free travel each and every year you carry the card.

How to Earn Avios with the Card

The British Airways Visa Signature® Card comes with a standard rewards program that provides Avios for every dollar spent on purchases.  Avios never expire as long as you continue to keep your account in good standing and there is no limit to the amount of rewards you can earn.  The breakdown of how many Avios are earned is as follows:

  • 2.5 Avios for every dollar spent on British Airways flights
  • 1.25 Avios for every dollar spent on all other purchases

Travel Together Ticket

On top of earning Avios, if you can spend $30,000 in a calendar year, you’ll receive a courtesy companion ticket, which allows someone to fly with you in the same class, free of charge. BA calls this a “Travel Together Ticket.” The British Airways Visa Signature® Card does have a $95 annual fee, but considering what can be saved, that fee should be of no consequence to cardholders.

Other Features

The British Airways Visa Signature® Card has several other perks worth noting. Extremely important to note is that this card does not charge a foreign transaction fee on any purchase.  This means that when you are using your card internationally, there is no added fee for a currency exchange.  Capital One and a few select cards are the only credit cards available today that offer this service, and for any international traveler, this can save you hundreds during each vacation. The card also has chip-based technology, which allows you to make purchases by simply waiving the card over the card terminal, rather than the more traditional swipe.

Summary of Benefits

  • You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad
  • In addition to the bonus Avios, you will also get 2.5 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1.25 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa Card, you'll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years
  • Smart Chip Technology allows you to use your card for chip based purchases in Europe & Beyond, while still giving you the ability to use your card as you do today at home

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Published or Updated: May 10, 2013
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  1. This really is a great card! I just applied for it so we’ll see if I get one. I definitely could use the miles. If anyone else is considering it, make it your main card for the first few months to reap the bonus rewards, they’re literally free money!

  2. Karen says:

    We are VERY disappointed. The card is almost useless. They only offer a few seats per flight to be used for rewards tickets. So unless you want to book your flight 8-12 months in advance, it’s practically impossible to get tickets. They offer to let you use your miles to upgrade – but you can only upgrade on British Airways, not on their companion airlines.

  3. Goner says:

    They WILL charge you the annual fee up-front. $95.

    No free first year. Difficult to use the miles. High taxes should you want to fly BA through LHR…

    Not as good as it seems.

  4. krebbe says:

    Availability is extremely variable. In January, there was almost nothing all year (a few Tuesdays and Wednesdays on most months) and nothing at Xmas. By March, weekend availability had improved throughout the year and I was able to book a Xmas flight that left on Friday and came back on Saturday two weeks later. The taxes and fees are high ($650 economy, $1000 business per person) and the availability is unpredictable – make sure you know what you’re getting in for to avoid frustration.

    If you think this card will save you money on an economy transatlantic flight, you will be frustrated and disappointed. It can get you a business class flight, for a slightly higher price than a retail economy ticket, if you’re patient and lucky.

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