Reminder: British Airways American Express bonus offer ends May 21st

Just a quick reminder that the current sign-up offer on the two British Airways American Express cards ends in two days:

The Premium Plus version, with the £150 annual fee, currently offers 25,000 Avios instead of 18,000 Avios. You must spend £3,000 within three months to receive the bonus.

The basic, free, card currently offers 9,000 Avios instead of 3,000 Avios. You must spend £1,000 within three months to receive the bonus.

BA Premium Plus Amex

My full review of the benefits of the Premium Plus card is here.

My full review of the free card is here.

For clarity, the only people who cannot get the bonus on this card are those who have cancelled a BA Amex in the last six months.

You are OK if you have (or have recently cancelled) a Lloyds Avios Rewards card, an Amex Gold, Amex Platinum, SPG Amex or any other American Express, MBNA or Lloyds-issued Amex.

(To see our complete list of all current credit card bonuses, click here to visit our ‘Credit Cards Update’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Would just like to say that thanks to Headforpoints as yesterday I booked 2 First Class returns to Chicago using my BA Amex and. 2-4-1. We are so chuffed as I never thought I would afford to fly Business, never mind First. I been bitten by Miles Collecting bug and already holding off triggering our next 2-4-1 and planing where we would like to go next – East I think !
    Thanks Raffles.

  2. Does the cardholder have to be on one of the flights, where a 241 is used, or can anyone in a household account use the voucher?

    • No, I’m afraid the cardholder has to travel on the booking (plus it must be on BA metal and leave from the UK, although one-way and open-jaw are both allowed)

  3. I have the premium plus card and my wife is a supplementary card holder. Would there be an issue if she applies in her own right for this card and in doing so would I have to cancel her from being a supplementary card holder on my card or could she remain as a joint card holder ?

    • She can have her own card and remain a supplementary cardholder on your account. As I assume you had planned, it is well worth referring her yourself!

    • No problem at all with her getting her own card.

      She can also remain a supp on yours.

      Perhaps more importantly, if you are bigger spender, you can also become a supp on her card which would help push her towards the £10k 241.

  4. Bit of an aside but around this time last year the SPG Amex bonus was upped to 20k pts- anyone (Raffles?) know if we’re likely to get a repeat this year?

    • In 2011 it was November only. In 2012 it was November only. In 2013 it was in May and November. Looks like 2014 may be November only again!

      I only get 24-48 hours advance notice anyway, if that. I have had no notice, for eg, about what is happening to the BA Amex bonuses after Wednesday.

      Even if I do get notice, I am not allowed to announce it and can only – as I did last year at one point – run a post saying ‘I really do not recommend applying for this credit card in the next 2 days’!

  5. Gabbai says:

    I have the free card. If I apply for the paid card [and get it and make the spend] will I get the 25K bonus?

    • No. You would need to cancel the free card and wait 6 months then apply.

      You can get an Amex Gold and the bonus on that card (20-22,000 Avios) even though you have a BA Amex.

  6. Does anyone know for sure what happens if you cancel the BA amex after triggering the bonus but without spending the 2-4-1?

    I’ve triggered the voucher and it shows in my BA account i just want to know for definite if it would be safe if i cancelled the credit card

    • And then, only after you have actually made your 2 4 1 booking, paid the taxes etc can you then cancel the free card. Then wait 6 months and get referred for the BAPP again.

  7. Chris, you need to call them and ask to be downgraded to the free card. When using your 2-4-1 you need to pay the taxes using that card.

    • No you don’t, despite what BA and Amex say. You need to use an Amex card to pay the taxes, because ba.com greys out every other payment option. Any old Amex will do the job though.

      • But you still need to downgrade to The Blue card don’t you ? I did ask specifically to pay with another BA card and was told I needed to pay with my card against the 2-4-1. Maybe another operator on another day would gave said different, but I was so happy to have got ten the flights I wasn’t that concerned.

      • SurbhiM says:

        Hi Raffles, does BA.com charge a credit fee if you you the BA Amex card to book a flight? I want to book a ticket towards my minimum spend to trigger the bonus but don’t want to be out of pocket too much.

        • Yes, £4.50.

          You can avoid this by selecting ‘Ukraine’ instead of ‘United Kingdom’ in the dropdown menu when it asks where your credit card is registered. It will hard-code Ukraine in the address form. Don’t worry, it will still go through. (Only works with an Amex.)

  8. Is there a referral scheme for this card? My other half has one so if she can refer me and get extra that would be even better.

  9. JamesH says:

    On a somewhat unrelated note, do you have any idea when there might be another Amex MR avios conversion bonus offer?

  10. MW3410 says:

    Hi Rob. A little OT but I recently recommended 2 friends for Amex’s. 1x SPG card & 1x BA (Blue) card. both were successful in their applications so I was expecting 5,000 points for the SPG & 4,000 points for the BA card. However, when I checked my own Amex account today Amex have posted 18,000 points for each card recommendation. WOW..!! 36K for 2 recommendations is this a glitch in the system or is there currently a mega promotion going on that I wasn’t aware of?

  11. 18K is the referral bonus for referring a platinum card, so it looks like that’s what Amex thought you referred.

  12. What's the Point says:

    BAPP – by far and away the best credit cards Mrs WTP and I own (assuming 2 of you want to travel in Business/First). Got both cards this year, hit the spend targets and have now booked 2 x First class trips to India and South Korea, for 120k + 180K respectively.
    Ok so maybe not on everyone’s destinations of choice, but they have great redemption availability, good weather and are 10+ hours to maximise the time on the plane!
    Never travelled First, so pretty excited about going twice in less than 12 months.

  13. I currently hold an Amex Gold with a number of MR points. Could I apply for the BAPP card and transfer the MR points to it before cancelling the Gold card, or are the points mutually exclusive?

    • No – they’re totally different. The BAPP directly earns Avios (and the SPG Amex directly earns SPG points). The Gold/Plat earn the much more pluripotential MR points which can then be transferred to other schemes.

  14. Although if you are just converting AX gold MR into BA Avios (which is all I do) then it does amount to the same thing. Now I’ve hit all my gold bonuses and received my BAPP, I’ll cancel the gold and concentrate on hitting bonuses and the £10k 241 – should take me about 6 months I reckon. At which point, I’ll get someone to refer me for gold, cancel down the BAPP and repeat….. for as long as this points gravy train will allow me to…

  15. This offer seems to have gone back down to 18,000 today. Did it expire this morning or does it run to midnight?

  16. Also no referral bonus for BA Amex anymore. Just the traditional green, gold and platinum referrals seem to be eligible for the bonus. Same thing applies for other over-branded Amex (Starwood etc..)

  17. Correction – AX appear to have split the referral bonus off to another page for the BA plastic. Noticed a link to this in my BAEC account which just shows the 2 BA cards:

    British Airways American Express® Credit Card – 4,000 for you / 4,000 for them
    British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card – 9,000 for you / 19,000 for them