For the first time I can remember, British Airways has launched a cashback deal with American Express. It is surprisingly generous and set at just the right level for anyone planning a Club World redemption booking.
Some – but not all, I don’t have it – British Airways American Express cardholders have the following offer showing on their online statements:
Spend £500 or more, get £100 back
Save to Card to get a £100 statement credit when you spend £500+ at ba.com by 24/11/16. UK departure flights only. Valid once per Card for the first 20,000 UK Cardmembers to save. Terms and restrictions apply.
Here is the small print:
Only one £100 statement credit per UK Card for the first 20,000 Cardmembers to save.
UK departure flights only. Travel insurance purchases are excluded.
Offer only available when you spend £500 or more at ba.com by 24th November 2016 with the British Airways American Express® Card to which the offer is saved and on transactions made in Great British Pounds (GBP).
The offer does not apply to spend on other Cards you might hold and on transactions made via payment wallets or payment aggregators including, but not limited to, PayPal.
An awarded credit can be reversed if qualifying transactions are refunded or cancelled.
Credit should appear on your billing statement within five days from qualifying spend but may take up to 90 days from 24th November 2016.
ANY spending on ba.com which shows as British Airways on your Amex statement and which is denominated in £ should trigger the bonus.
This means, importantly, that the taxes on an Avios redemption booking will do it.
£500, by coincidence, is pretty much what you will pay in taxes and charges for a Club World redemption seat. If you have this offer on your British Airways American Express card, you can look at it as a 20% discount on the additional charges!
You MUST save this offer to your card – it is not automatic cashback. I think that Amex will hit the cap of 20,000 registrations for this deal so I strongly recommend going over to americanexpress.co.uk and – assuming you are targetted – saving it to your personal offers list ASAP.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)