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 ba.com.
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.
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 ba.com 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? – September 2022 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:
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
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
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus 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:
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
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
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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.