British Airways American Express cards

The British Airways American Express cards are hugely popular with our readers. The main attraction is the 2-4-1 voucher for Avios redemptions which you receive when you hit the relevant spending target.

Our main review of the free card is here and our review of the Premium Plus card with the £150 fee is here. You can learn more and apply for the cards via the Amex website.

Bits: Qatar selling UK-Dubai for £975 in Business, new BA Innsbruck flight launched

News in brief: Qatar Airways launches Dubai in business class for £975 Qatar Airways has launched an exceptionally good fare to Dubai – just £975 return.  I have NEVER seen flights to the Middle East so cheap in business class from a UK starting point. […]

New Amex statement credit travel offers launched inc Eurostar, Hyatt, Selfridges

American Express has launched a new round of statement credit deals, with a particularly strong travel focus. There are two ways to sign up to these deals.  The easiest is to visit the Amex website or app and go the statement page for each card you hold. […]

LAST DAY: Get 10,000 or 25,000 Avios sign-up bonus with the British Airways Amex cards

Back in April, to celebrate the new £195 Premium Plus fee, American Express increased the sign-up bonus on the two British Airways American Express cards. The Premium Plus version, now with a £195 annual fee, now offers 25,000 Avios instead of 18,000 Avios. You must spend £3,000 […]

FINAL WEEK: Get 10,000 or 25,000 Avios sign-up bonus with the British Airways Amex cards

Back in April, to celebrate the new £195 Premium Plus fee, American Express increased the sign-up bonus on the two British Airways American Express cards. The Premium Plus version, now with a £195 annual fee, now offers 25,000 Avios instead of 18,000 Avios. You must spend £3,000 […]

American Express ending pro-rata fee refunds in the USA from September – UK to follow?

American Express is having a bad time of things at the moment.  The loss of the Costco contract in the US was a hammer blow to the business (I thoroughly recommend reading the story here) and there has been a drip of other contract losses. […]

‘Credit Cards’ page updated for June 2016 – what are the best deals this month?

It’s time for our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals.  Our directory of all 25 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ tab at […]

American Express removes the minimum income requirement from its cards

I had advance notice on Tuesday that American Express was about to make changes to the minimum income requirements to apply for its cards. To be honest, I assumed that they were going to go up. Instead, Amex has removed minimum income requirements altogether. These […]

Bits: Starbucks / Amex offer, 10% off Emirates via HSBC, Iberia / Groupon issues?,

News in brief: Starbucks cashback offer with American Express Over at Shopper Points today are details of a Starbucks / American Express cashback offer. I am delighted to say that the rules are so badly worded that the combined brain power of Anika and myself has […]

‘Credit Cards’ page updated for May 2016 – what are the best deals this month?

It’s time for our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals.  Our directory of all 25 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ tab at […]

Earn up to 20,000 bonus Avios with new Kaligo.com hotel promotion!

Hotel booking site Kaligo.com has launched a fantastic new promotion which can earn you up to 20,000 bonus Avios for hotel bookings made before 20th June. You must be a British Airways American Express cardholder to participate. There are two good things about the way […]

Amex unveils £195 fee on the BA Premium Plus – plus increased sign-up bonuses

American Express unveiled its first response to the new 0.3% cap on retailer interchange fees yesterday.  It increased the annual fee on the British Airways Premium Plus card from £150 to £195. To be fair, this increase was arguably overdue – the fee has remained steady […]

American Express trialling ‘bonus MR points’ offers …. and a good Harrods cashback deal

If you have an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold or American Express Platinum card, you may have a new style of personalised offer showing on your online card statement. On my account, I will receive 2,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when I spend £500 at […]

A reader writes about how HFP has helped improve his travel experiences

I recently received a very kind email from a Head for Points reader thanking for me for helping improve his travels. He offered to convert his email into an article and I agreed, and as it is a Sunday I feel less guilty about giving […]

What would a new British Airways credit card look like in the 0.3% interchange fee world?

Last weekend I discussed the closure to new applicants of the IHG Rewards Club Visa credit cards, issued by Barclaycard. I used the article to examine strategies that credit card companies may now use to make their products attractive, given that it is now virtually impossible to […]

Bits: £20 Pizza Express Amex cashback, more uses for Avios as Alaska buys Virgin America

A rather eclectic selection of pieces today as we spent yesterday in the air: £20 Pizza Express cashback for all Amex-issued Amex cards A few new American Express cashback deals have appeared – you can see what you have been targetted for by going to […]

Why NO-ONE should spend £20,000 on the free British Airways American Express card

Many Head for Points readers have the free British Airways American Express card, especially as BA was being very generous and offering 9,000 Avios for taking out the card between last August and February – a decent deal given the lack of fee.  The current offer […]

Major blow to the BA Amex as FCA imposes 0.3% interchange fee cap

The Payment Systems Regulator, an arm of the Financial Conduct Authority, yesterday issued its final view on whether the British Airways American Express cards, amongst others, are already caught by the new 0.3% cap on credit card interchange fees.  The answer, it seems, is yes. […]

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 2: on-going earning rates)

This article was updated in June 2016 Yesterday I did my best to begin answering the question commonly asked by beginners to this hobby – ‘What is the best credit card for earning Avios points?’. Because you can earn Avios points both directly and indirectly (eg via Tesco […]