BA American Express bonuses increased to 9,000 & 25,000 Avios

American Express has – yet again – increased the sign-up bonuses on the two British Airways American Express cards.

The Premium Plus version, with the £195 annual fee, now 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 now offers 9,000 Avios instead of 3,000 Avios. You must spend £1,000 within three months to receive the bonus.

The representative APR on the Premium Plus card is 76.0% variable including the fee based on a £1200 credit limit. The representative APR on the free card is 22.9% variable.

BA Premium Plus Amex

My full review of the benefits of the Premium Plus card is here. Amex’s own home page is here.

My full review of the free card is here. This is actually the most improved deal jumping from 3,000 to 9,000 Avios. Amex’s own home page is here. Both reviews reflect these new bonuses and also include details of the higher ‘refer a friend’ bonus which is also available.

This increased bonus runs until 7th February 2017.  We are potentially heading into DFS sale territory here!  I am a little surprised that this deal was slipped out in the middle of August with little warning – it is possible that application volumes have fallen since the £195 fee was introduced.

Based on previous BA Amex promotions, there is a good chance that Virgin Atlantic will match this on its two credit cards in the next few days.

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  1. Hi Rob, I know it’ has been asked many times but wondering if anything changed. I already have 2 companion vouchers sitting on my BA account (earned one last year and one this year, both valid for 2 years). This week i downgraded to the free card. If I go ahead and cancel the card (just to reapply in 6 months), the vouchers would not be affected as long as I have any other Amex card to pay for the taxes right? Is this still the case? Thanks very much.

  2. How often do these come around? I have the free card but at some point want to upgrade so I need cancel it for six months and would like to time it so that I can get a bonus when I sign up for the paid for card.

  3. Hi all, I know this is not the right place to post this but it seems one cannot longer comment on some of the older posts. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been approved for Barclay’s HHonors cards even though I already have the IHG barclays card. Rob pls let me know if you want me to post this somewhere else.