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Hurray – a decent British Airways Amex sign-up bonus is back

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Here is some great news for anyone thinking of getting the British Airways American Express cardsThere is a very attractive sign-up offer again.

See here for details of the two promotions.

The free card is now offering a sign-up bonus of 9,000 Avios, up from 1,000 Avios.  Apply here.  The key benefits of this card are:

  • 1 Avios per £1 spent
  • 2-4-1 voucher for Avios redemptions when you spend £20,000 each card year
  • Spend £1,000 in 3 months to trigger the bonus

The annual fee card (£150 fee) is now offering a sign-up bonus of 25,000 Avios, up from 6,000 Avios.   Apply here.  The key benefits of this card are:

  • 1.5 Avios per £1 spent
  • 2-4-1 voucher for Avios redemptions when you spend £10,000 each card year
  • Spend £3,000 in 3 months to trigger the bonus

The 2-4-1 voucher that comes with the BA Amex is the best single deal in the whole UK loyalty card market.  It can save you huge numbers of Avios – use it for two First Class tickets to California, for example, and the saving is 150,000 Avios.  If you are heading to Asia, the saving will be even more.  It is a fantastic deal.  (You still need to pay the taxes on the free ticket.)

If you have any questions about the BA Amex credit cards, please comment below.  I have had one since the day they were launched over 10 years ago, so I should be able to help.  If I can’t, someone else can I’m sure.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

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

American Express Business Gold

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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (12)

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  • Darren says:

    Morning Raffles,

    I have an Amex gold and a BA Amex standard card, am
    i right in thinking i can’t apply for the BA premium plus card?

    Regards Darren

    • Eshaq Choudhury says:

      I think you can apply.

      “Offers are only available to New Cardmembers, if you have had a British Airways American Express Card in the last 6 months you will not be eligible for the bonus Avios. 9,000 bonus Avios will be awarded onto your account once you have been approved and you have spent and charged a minimum of £1,000 on goods and services to the account within three months of account opening. Please note this offer is subject to change. Please note that it can take up to one month for bonus Avios to be awarded to your account.”

  • Zoe B says:

    If you get a platinum Amex, do the minimum spend is it then okay to apply for one of these? I recall something about not already having an Amex issued card…

    • Andrew Seftel (@andrewseftel) says:

      It seems that you can do Gold/Plat and then a BA card, but not the other way around.

      • Raffles says:

        You can have a BA Amex and still get a Gold. The Gold is only blocked to CHARGE card holders, ie Plat or Green. CREDIT card holders, eg BA, SPG, Nectar, are OK to apply.

        Plat is different, the block there is having ANY Amex-issued Amex, charge or credit card.

  • Stephen says:

    how long is this promotion likely to last?

    • Raffles says:

      It seems to change every 6 weeks or so. This is the 2nd best deal ever, it is normally 18,000 at best for the Premium Plus card.

  • Craig says:

    If I have a PP card and have got my 241, can I refer my wife who is an additional card holder and work towards another voucher and get the bonus?

    • Raffles says:

      Yes. If you’re really clever, you get our wife a card and then get yourself a supplementary card on that account, so you can spend as well but have it count towards her 241.

  • Miguel says:

    Thanks for the heads up. It’s a great offer. It’s been 4 months since I closed my previous BA Amex prem card. Technically I’m not eligible as they say you have to wait 6 months before reapplying. Is this strictly enforced do you know?

    • Raffles says:

      It is risky, because you won’t know until it is too late. You will get the card, spend the £3k, and only then find out that no bonus posts. I would wait until early next year.

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