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BA Amex sign-up bonuses (9,000 / 25,000 Avios) extended to 21st May

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British Airways has extended the current sign-up bonus offer on its two credit cards from 12th February to 21st May.  

These two deals are pretty good:

The free British Airways American Express (see my review) has a bonus of 9,000 Avios

The British Airways Premium Plus American Express  (see my review) has a bonus of 25,000 Avios

If you’re interested, details of how to get a referral from me can be found in the reviews.

SPG Amex

The Starwood Amex is now the biggest offer nearing expiry.

With both of these deals now extended into May, you main focus if you plan to sign-up for a new credit card in the short term should be the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card.

The current offer on this card expires on January 30th.  The Starwood / SPG Amex offers you 20,000 Starwood points in their hotel programme for signing up.  If you transfer the 20,000 points to Avios, you will receive 25,000 miles!

As well as Avios, Starwood partners with another 20+ airline programmes, so this is also a good opportunity to top-off any other airline account you have.

You pay a £75 annual fee, but this is refundable pro-rata when you cancel.

You can get this card even if you already have a BA Amex, Amex Gold, Amex Platinum or indeed any other Amex card.  My full review of the card is here and my initial post on the 20,000 points promotion is here.  The official Amex page for the SPG card is here.

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

Comments (34)

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  • Ian says:

    I had this issue too and got very peeved with them on the phone – there were wildly contradictory notes on my account and “back office” had apparently made their minds up I was on some other offer. I repeatedly pointed out that the written terms in the “Important Information” link on the page I applied from said:

    “1. Offer only available to new Cardmembers. The 21,000 Starpoints will be awarded onto your account once you have been approved and have spent a minimum of £1,000 on goods and services purchased and charged to your account within your first three months of Cardmembership. You must apply via the button on this page to ensure you both receive your bonus. Applicants must be UK residents aged 18 years old or over. If you have already applied for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card without using this referral, you will not be eligible for the bonus Starpoints. All introductory offers are subject to change, can be withdrawn at any time and are not available if you currently hold or have held a Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card in the past 6 months. Please note, bonus points will appear in two instalments of 1,000 and 20,000 and can take up to 4 weeks to be awarded to your account.”

    With an emphasis on the final sentence. Call centre operators denied this and I requested they escalate. Spoke to a duty manager in Brighton who said off her own back “but that doesn’t make sense, everyone knows it’s 20,000 starpoints… they should have posted by now” and added them herself. My reading of the terms here is that as soon as you are 4 weeks + 1 day beyond the day you passed £2k, you should whine at them.

    Now, what I’m wondering is when do the starpoints rake across to my SPG account? There’s been zero activity in that respect on my 2 month old account…

    • Mark says:

      They should go across monthly, I think sometime around your statement date but I can’t remember exactly when (for the BA card it is about 6 days before).

      Have you had any points transfer, and does your statement show your SPG account number?

      If not, they may not have been linked properly. That’s a particularly common issue if you ask them to set up an SPG account for you when you apply for the card – the points then just sit on your Amex account until you can get it resolved.

      • Ian says:

        Spot on – hadn’t even looked that corner of the statement, but no SPG # visible. Apparently, despite providing the # during application, they rejected it because the addresses didn’t match (apparently neither company can deal with an address in a Scottish tenement…).

        • AndyGWP says:

          Following a phone call to them last night, my wife had a similar issue(s) where:
          1) they claim the bonus points don’t arrive till the 4th statement (obviously not true as they arrived immediately on hitting the spend on my card)
          2) the points didn’t transfer across to Starwood because addresses don’t match (not confident, as although where they “sent” the points, matches my wifes starwood loyalty number, they were never received and neither of her accounts now have any points in them!)

  • George says:

    I do wonder what the story is behind these deadline extensions. Missed enrollment targets? I just got my BA prem today..

  • What's the Point says:

    OT – has anyone received their bonus Avios points from ordering currency via this recent promo:

    Still waiting for my bonus points to post, purchased the currency 1 month ago.

    • James says:

      No haven’t received mine either.. Ordered on the 13th of Dec, received the normal avios to my BA account but no bonus… Hope it’s not going to be another one of those spend three months chasing up to finally get the avios posted scenarios

      • Paul says:

        Nor me…

        • What's the Point says:

          I vaguely remember something on the now expired web page saying that the bonus points would be posted within a certain time frame – but not sure exactly what it was now.

  • Max says:

    Which card provides the best travel insurance cover:
    Amex Credit card like BAPP or Amex charge cards (Gold and Platinum)?

    Not sure if Raffles has written an article about this on HFP or if there are any comparison tables online someone could point me too. Thanks.

    • Mark says:

      I typically wouldn’t rely on credit card policies in lieu of a proper travel insurance policy, with the possible exception of the Platinum Charge Card.

      Most are fairly limited in what they offer, and depend on you having paid for transport etc. on the card.

      Specifically the BAPP and Amex Gold cards only offer travel inconvenience and public transport accident insurance, not full travel insurance. Much better to seek out a proper travel insurance policy and treat any card benefits as supplementary – has tips on the best value policies.

  • Max says:

    Thanks Mark

  • Bill says:

    Got my new BAPP card this week just in time to book flights to Thailand through BA, went to pay and card rejected, phoned Amex who looked into the issue and said the 4 digit security code had been printed incorrectly on my card and they would need to send a new one.

    Amex are going to credit me with the equivalent Avios I would have earned if I had booked on the card, but I was going to ask whether they can also adjust my spending limits, the £2k on flights is a considerable chunk towards meeting the initial £3k in 3 months and also £10k in a year to get the 2-4-1 voucher – anyone know if this is something they would do?

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