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BA American Express bonuses increased to 9,000 & 25,000 Avios

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American Express has – yet again – increased the sign-up bonuses on the two British Airways American Express cards.

The Premium Plus version, with the £195 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 76.0% variable including the fee based on a £1200 credit limit. The representative APR on the free card is 22.9% 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.

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. Both reviews reflect these new bonuses and also include details of the higher ‘refer a friend’ bonus which is also available.

This increased bonus runs until 7th February 2017.  We are potentially heading into DFS sale territory here!  I am a little surprised that this deal was slipped out in the middle of August with little warning – it is possible that application volumes have fallen since the £195 fee was introduced.

Based on previous BA Amex promotions, there is a good chance that Virgin Atlantic will match this on its two credit cards in the next few days.

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Comments (87)

  • Chelseafi says:

    am I right thinking BA credit card holders can only refer for one of the 2 BA credit cards & the gold or plat card holder can only refer gold or plat cards thanks

  • harry says:

    I guess you know McCombe – Raffles. I roomed with him. Actually Mark is an extremely nice bloke, despite me being more devastatingly handsome.

  • Keri says:

    I referred my husband on Friday for the basic American Express card, and I received a 4,000 bonus today ….. FAST !!! thank you Rob for informing us 🙂

  • John says:

    Hi, two questions:
    1) If my other half is a supplementary card holder to my Gold card, can I still refer her for a Gold card and get the two bonuses (9k for me and 22k for her)?
    2) How long does it take to credit 9k to my account?


  • Keri says:

    John – I have a basic blue card to which my husband holds a supplementary card. I referred him as a friend last Friday and he was accepted straight away. I received my bonus for referring him, on Monday and he received his own basic credit card on Tuesday. What a speedy turn around ..

  • Macca says:

    Rob – any sniff of a Virgin deal yet? Need a CC for a big purchase in the next few weeks but have had Amex Gold and Amex BA sign up bonuses recently!

  • Jack says:

    Hi Rob, I know it’ has been asked many times but wondering if anything changed. I already have 2 companion vouchers sitting on my BA account (earned one last year and one this year, both valid for 2 years). This week i downgraded to the free card. If I go ahead and cancel the card (just to reapply in 6 months), the vouchers would not be affected as long as I have any other Amex card to pay for the taxes right? Is this still the case? Thanks very much.

  • Lisa says:

    How often do these come around? I have the free card but at some point want to upgrade so I need cancel it for six months and would like to time it so that I can get a bonus when I sign up for the paid for card.