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Compare the Features and Benefits of Aer Lingus Visa Signature Credit Card and
Bilt Mastercard®

Detailed Comparison Overview

Key Facts
Annual Fee
Avg. Min. Credit Score
Ongoing APR
Balance transfers fees
Best Multiplier
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
Bonus Offer
Rating
Review
Key features
Unique Card Benefits
Trip Protections
No Foreign Transaction Fees
Purchase Protection
Extended Warranty
No Fees for Authorized Users
Free Access to Credit Score
Earns Transferable Points
Primary Car Rental CDW Waiver
Cell Phone Protection
Annual Fee
$95
Avg. Min. Credit Score
670-850 *
Ongoing APR
21.49%-28.49% (Variable)
Balance transfers fees
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Best Multiplier
3x Airfare

Earn 3x Avios on British Airways, Iberia, LEVEL, and Aer Lingus flights booked directly; 1X on other airlines

2x Hotels

Must be booked directly with the hotel

1x Everything Else
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
$0.012
Bonus Offer
Limited time offer! Earn 85,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
Rating
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(3.5) Our Review

Our ratings are determined by the authors and editors on our team. Each individual card feature is compared against all other cards we offer and the total score is an average of those 4 ratings.

Review

This card often has a very generous signup bonus and Chase’s Aer Lingus credit card earns 3x Avios on British Airways, Iberia, LEVEL, and Aer Lingus as well as 2x Avios on hotel accommodations booked directly with the hotel.

Avios can be shared between any Avios program, which also includes Qatar Airways (home of the QSuite) and you can redeem British Airways Avios for award tickets on oneworld airlines like American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and more.

While with the British Airways version of Avios, we tend to talk about short haul flights on oneworld carriers like American Airlines as the best value, the Aer Lingus version of Avios has a different sweet spot:

When flying off-peak, you can fly from the East Coast of the US (think cities like NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Toronto, Minneapolis and Chicago) to/from Ireland on Aer Lingus metal for just 13,000 Avios in Economy or 50,000 Avios in Business Class.

You’ll pay 16,500 instead of 13,000 Avios for an economy ticket from elsewhere in the United States and 62,500 for Business Class.

The other main benefit of this card is the Companion Ticket, which requires spend of $30,000 or more in a calendar year on your Aer Lingus Visa Signature Card to activate.

You’ll receive an economy companion ticket good for 12 months on Aer Lingus operated flights, based on flight availability. While it’s not as good a deal as if there was no spend requirement to earn (obviously!) at least no taxes or fees are added to the companion ticket.

The Companion Ticket is issued as a voucher that can be used for an economy companion ticket in conjunction with a paid economy flight.

Still, if your goal is geared more towards more earning points, the Chase Sapphire Reserve also earns 3x Chase Ultimate Rewards credit card points on these airlines and on all airlines, hotels, cruises and other travel and can even be transferred to Avios if you’d like – not to mention a range of other travel partners, like World of Hyatt which offers fantastic value.

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Note: Per Chase’s 5/24 Rule, you will only be approved for a Chase card like the British Airways Visa card if you have applied for fewer than 5 personal credit cards within the last 24 months from any issuer. (Business cards do not count against the total, except for Capital One Spark Cash Select and Spark Miles plus Discover, but are subject to the policy).

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Unique Card Benefits
yes
Trip Protections
yes
No Foreign Transaction Fees
yes
Purchase Protection
yes
Extended Warranty
yes
No Fees for Authorized Users
yes
Free Access to Credit Score
yes
Earns Transferable Points
no
Primary Car Rental CDW Waiver
no
Cell Phone Protection
no
Annual Fee
$0 (Rates and fees)
Avg. Min. Credit Score
*
Ongoing APR
-
Balance transfers fees
-
Best Multiplier
3x Dining Out / Food Delivery
2x Airfare
2x Car Rentals
2x Hotels
2x Cruises
1x Rent
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
$0.018
Bonus Offer
There's no traditional bonus offer, but you'll be eligible for Rent Day double points on the 1st of every month (excluding rent).
Rating
YBCC Card Rate Stars Filled
YBCC Card Rate Stars Empty
(4.13) Our Review

Our ratings are determined by the authors and editors on our team. Each individual card feature is compared against all other cards we offer and the total score is an average of those 4 ratings.

Review

What is Bilt?

The Bilt Mastercard® is the only credit card that lets you pay your rent with no transaction fees and earn one point per dollar in the process.

This works with any landlord, up to $100,000 in rent per year as long as you make 5 other purchases each statement period.

Bilt Transfer Partners

Bilt Transfer PartnersAll transfer at a 1:1 ratio. Transfer times below:
Alaska Airlines MileagePlanTBD
American Airlines AAdvantage®Within 1 day
Aer Lingus AviosWithin 10 minutes
Air Canada AeroplanWithin 10 minutes
Air France Flying BlueWithin 10 minutes
Avianca LifemilesWithin 10 minutes
British Airways AviosWithin 10 minutes
Cathay Pacific AsiaMilesWithin 10 minutes
Emirates SkywardsWithin 10 minutes
Hawaiian AirlinesWithin 10 minutes
Iberia AviosWithin 10 minutes
IHG RewardsWithin 10 minutes
Marriott BonvoyUp to 48 hours; generally within minutes. (5,000 point bonus when you transfer 20,000).
United Airlines MileagePlusWithin 10 minutes
Turkish Airlines Miles&SmilesWithin 10 minutes
Virgin PointsWithin 10 minutes
World of HyattWithin 10 minutes

Rent Day

On the 1st of every month, Bilt Rewards has “Rent Day” – where you’ll earn double points on dining, travel and other purchases excluding rent for purchases (up to 10,000 points each Rent Day) – for purchases made on that one day.

On Rent Day, they also have other bonuses and giveaways, which may include status trials on an airline or hotel partner or a points transfer bonus.

Summary

Overall, this card is pretty much a “must have” for renters, since there is no other way to earn points – with no transaction fees – when paying your rent.

There is also no annual fee to hold the card and no Foreign Currency Conversion Fee.

I have one myself and don’t see any reason for any renter not to have it.

Disclaimers

 

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Unique Card Benefits
yes
Trip Protections
yes
No Foreign Transaction Fees
yes
Purchase Protection
no
Extended Warranty
no
No Fees for Authorized Users
no
Free Access to Credit Score
no
Earns Transferable Points
yes
Primary Car Rental CDW Waiver
yes
Cell Phone Protection
yes

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