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(Targeted?) 40,000 Avios sign-up for the British Airways American Express card

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Flyertalker 5mSvGlow pointed me towards this link for the BA Premium Plus Amex card.  It offers (until 1st August) 40,000 Avios for signing up as opposed to the usual – already excellent – 35,000 offered via

By a coincidence, I also saw this offer last night when I logged into my father-in-law’s BAEC account to move his Diamond Club miles over.  It appeared as a banner advertisement on his Executive Club home page.

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

It is not clear if this ad is targetted or not.  I presume it must be targetted in some way, since the ad still shows for him this morning yet I have never seen it or my account or my wifes.  Wierdly, if I click through to the credit card page on on his account, I get the standard 35,000 Avios offer.

My gut feeling is that if you apply via the link above then you WILL get 40,000 Avios.  Which, given the £150 fee for the BA Premium Plus Amex, is a great deal.

On the subject of credit cards, over the weekend I updated the Card Offers page to reflect changes over the last month.  The changes were:

The United Airlines MileagePlus card has had its sign-up bonus removed!  Without the bribe of 15,000 miles, I can’t see any reason for applying for this card at the moment, especially as the earning rate at 1 mile per £1 is also weak for an Amex.

The Starwood Preferred Guest Amex sign-up bonus has dropped back to 10,000 SPG points from the promotional 20,000.  This 20,000 offer comes around a couple of times a year, so I would hold off from applying for a few months unless you have a specific reason.

I included the link to the ‘40,000 points and your fee refunded’ Priority Club Black Visa promotion, although if you were not targetted for this then you may not get anything more than the usual 20,000 points and no fee refund.

Apart from that, unless I have missed something, everything else is as it was in June.  The BA Premium Plus 35,000 Avios sign-up bonus (40,000 via the link in this post), the fee-free Amex Preferred Rewards Gold with 20,000 Membership Rewards points and the Hilton Visa with the free night certificate for spending £750 remain my top picks at the moment.

I will continue to publish one in-depth review each week of a loyalty card – next up will be the Marriott card.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2023 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

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