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(Targetted?) 40,000 Avios sign-up for BA Amex

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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 Cards Update page on the blog 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? – January 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here.

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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:

American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

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

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history.  By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker.  Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.