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British Airways American Express bonus back to 9,000 and 25,000 Avios – via an exclusive link

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Less than a month after the previous sign-up offer ended, American Express has again increased the sign-up bonuses on the two British Airways American Express credit cards.

This time the offer comes with a catch.  It is ONLY available via a special link, available by clicking here.

You cannot get this deal via the British Airways or American Express websites.  The link was sent to selected British Airways Executive Club members although there are no restrictions on who can use it.

The Premium Plus version, with the £150 annual fee, now offers 25,000 Avios instead of 18,000 Avios. You must spend £3,000 within three months to receive the bonus.

The basic, free, card now offers 9,000 Avios instead of 3,000 Avios. You must spend £1,000 within three months to receive the bonus.

The representative APR on the Premium Plus card is 56.4% variable including the fee based on a £1200 credit limit. The representative APR on the free card is 15.9% variable.

British Airways Premium Plus American Express

My full review of the benefits of the Premium Plus card is here. Amex’s own home page is here although the higher bonus does not show there.

My full review of the free card is here. This is actually the most improved deal jumping from 3,000 to 9,000 Avios. Amex’s own home page is here but, again, the higher bonus does not show.  My reviews do not reflect the new bonus.

Note that the refer-a-friend deal cannot be combined with this offer.

This offer will be available for two weeks until July 31st. Remember that you MUST use this link to apply.

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Comments (62)

  • boi says:

    Got an email yesterday from Amex- spend £35 on amazon and get £10 back (only for BAPP, couldnt work for PRG when I tried). I combined it with the amazon £50 prime offer.

  • RIccati says:

    It’s understandable that BA does not want to increase the bonus (cost, trying to keep issued Avios number at bay).

    However, 25K Avios is a number for European travellers — would I go for the effort of applying for a card and spending 3000K to get a return flight to a European destination, which would otherwise cost about £120?

    After the devaluation, long haul travellers especially ones who use Avios to travel on partner airlines (peak pricing)… wouldn’t run to apply for a BA card.

    As Raffles says for other cases, BA card bonus is now only good for a top up.

  • Hamzah says:

    Off Topic

    Does anybody know of any cheap redemptions for getting to Doha from Dubai or Abu Dhabi?

    I have quite a few Etihad points, but it’s working out £200 in taxes – not sure if that is cheap?

    I also have quite a few Avios points stashed away.

    • Rob says:

      A Qatar Airways redemption using Avios would seem the obvious answer! 4,500 Avios plus a tiny bit of tax. Availability will show on ba.com but you may have to phone to book as ba.com is a bit wobbly with Qatar.

      Or just pay cash. Tickets are very cheap in economy for what is, after all, a very very short flight.

      • Hamzah says:

        Thanks Rob.

        I’m on ba.com but the only flight it lists if, Dubai/Abu Dhabi via Heathrow to Doha?

        • Rob says:

          For cash it will only show BA flights. For Avios redemptions it will show Qatar. There are 12 flights a day or something so they will definitely be there!

          • Jake says:

            Slightly OT, but i could do with some advice on earning points for biz flights to BKK year after next.

            I’ve currently got a paltry 8000 Avios (i’ve been hammering Flying Club!) but want to look at Avios redemption on QR flights ex-EU, is that possible? I’ve tried looking on the Avios website but cant see a calculator to work out how many points i’d need and how hard i’ll have to work to earn them!

            Any help would be appreciated!

          • Rob says:

            Link to the Avios spend calculator is in the right hand margin towards the bottom!

            Basically, BA charges by LEG remember. This means you pay XXX-Doha and Doha-YYY separately.

            Much of Europe, including Germany but NOT the UK, is under 3000 miles to Doha. Thie means that redemptions from many countries fall into the cheaper pricing band. Frankfurt to Doha is 75,000 Avios return in Business whilst London to Doha is 120,000 Avios return (reduced to 100,000 if you fly on BA and choose an off-peak travel date).

  • Andy says:

    Can anyone tell me if my and wife both get the Barclaycard Hilton card and make separate bookings at same hotel one night after the other with the vouchers can the two nights be merged into 1, so we would stay in same room etc ? Thanks

    • Andy says:

      tell me, if me and my wife* cant speak English today.

    • What's the Point says:

      Yes, but email the hotel before hand.
      Tip – book the first night with the person having the highest Hilton status level.

      • What's the Point says:

        I meant to say, email the hotel after you have made the bookings and tell them they are linked.

  • Iain2015 says:

    Raffles correct me if I am wrong but in the past the normal 25k sign up bonus and 9k referral has normally come back a couple weeks after the “special offer” reappears post reverting to 18k

    Food for thought for some no doubt…

    • Rob says:

      My gut feeling is that August will be the low bonus (no-one applies in August anyway) and it will go back up in September.

      • Fenny says:

        Curses. Having just ordered a new car for 1 Sep pickup, I’m looking for a card with a decent sign up bonus to pay the deposit on.

  • Colin JE says:

    Dumb question but presumably if I already have the Premium Plus card already I wouldn’t qualify for the sign up bonus on the basic free card?

    • Rob says:

      Correct.

      It is not really a dumb question, though, as MBNA DOES let you have both versions of the Virgin card at the same time and get the bonus on both.

  • Alan Clarke says:

    If my girlfriend is currently the account holder and I am the supplementary holder – can we apply for a new card in my name and add her as a supplementary to take advantage of the welcome offer again?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, works fine

    • Polly says:

      Better to wait for the new offer later and get your full referral bonus as well…

      • Aleks says:

        Hi Polly – I was keen to apply for the card but didn’t get around to it. Does Amex tend reopen the offer and if so, do you know roughly when this may occur and what sort of Avios bonus they offer?

        Many thanks

        Aleks

        • Rob says:

          It has been at 9k / 25k for about 5 months out of the last 12 months, if you wait until late September I am pretty sure it will be back.

          • Aleks says:

            Dear Raffles,

            Thank you very much for your help and quick response!

            Regards,

            Aleks