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£100 back on £500 BA spend (should include Avios taxes) with new Amex offer

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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 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.

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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 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 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 and – assuming you are targetted – saving it to your personal offers list ASAP.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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 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 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (133)

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  • Mick says:

    Would purchasing Avios points on the BA Exec Club website trigger this cash back ?

    • the real harry says:

      I like the cut of your jib, young feller-me-lad 🙂

      Probably not – but give it a go & if it works you’ll be a hero

    • Genghis says:

      Even a 20% discount wouldn’t make me a buyer at their ridiculous prices

  • Sam says:

    Wanting to book using companion voucher but returning from different airport so have to book on phone. Is this only for spend on the website? Ta

    • Genghis says:

      My most recent 241 open jaw booked on phone came through on credit card as BRITISH AIRWAYS MOTO ( STANSTED. So not sure

  • Craig M says:

    I went into my Premium BA Amex card and saved the offer today. Spent over £500 last week on for a BA holiday from the UK using my card. So it looks like as I have spent over £500 between the offer date starting and the offer date ending, I will get the £100 back. Thanks!

    • the real harry says:

      did you get the success email?

      • Alan says:

        If activated after the spend I think you’d almost certainly have to plead your case with Amex CS…

        • Craig M says:

          Should be fine: Only one £100 statement credit per UK British Airways American Express Card for the first 20,000 Cardmembers to save this offer. Offer only available where the Eligible Participant spends an accumulative total of £500 or more at or via the BA mobile app between 00:01 BST on 10 October 2016 and 23:59 GMT on 24 November 2016 (the ‘Promotional Period’) with the UK British Airways American Express Card to which the offer is saved and on transactions made in Great British Pounds (GBP).

          • Alan says:

            I still can’t see it posting automatically if you haven’t activated it and would imagine you’d need to speak to Amex.

          • Craig M says:

            Will do. Thanks

          • the real harry says:

            we’re trying to help you here

            you won’t get it unless you ask Amex to allow it, retrospectively 🙂

            even then, you probably won’t get it

  • Sam says:

    Hi when booking on the phone with BA, do you think it is possible to pay using two different cards when booking 241 voucher flights? E.g. two chunks of £500?

    I was thinking not but thought it worth an ask? Thanks

    • Alan says:

      Travel agents can handle multiple payment cards for one PNR so BA should be able to, of course it might be a case of YMMV when it comes to an individual agent.

  • mr alexandre le blanc says:

    Just called amex .they called ba who told them that the 2000 limit had already been reached

    • Natalia S says:

      I asked Amex nicely if I can get it (by secure message), and they enrolled me today. The offer started showing in My Offers.

  • andrew young says:

    Chance would be a fine thing to be able to use a 241 voucher.
    I have tried for the past year to use mine. Runs out the beginning of December.
    6 flights a day to JFK plus the AA ones and haven’t been able for the past year to find availability in J or F.
    I have nearly half a million Adios and am now just using them for hotels.
    Will start collecting AAdvantage miles because you can find availability on almost every flight.

  • Nate says:

    Hi guys,

    Made a booking on using BA card for family holiday earlier this week and spent approx £7k. Decided to pay all off as trying to trigger spend for 2-4-1 voucher on my card.

    The following day I received BA holiday offer on both my Amex and wife’s supplementary and saved offer. Will call AMEX today but do you think they will apply credit retrospectively? Wish I had now only made part payment but hindsight eh

    • Rob says:

      Doesn’t hurt to ask, as BA is funding this Amex may not care.

    • Yuff says:

      According to the people I spoke to yesterday it was targeted, however they did offer to send me another offer that was targeted for extra Avios for spending over 5k, again targeted, but I declined as I wasn’t spending that much on the flights…..worth asking.

    • Craig M says:

      Hi Nate, how did you get on? Similar to yourself, I booked my holiday last week too and then saved this offer two days after booking and paying on my BA amex.

      I still haven’t called up. Will they honour it? I hope they will. According to the T&Cs we should be fine.

      • Nate says:

        Hi Craig,

        Unfortunately no luck. They advised they were not allowed to add credit retrospectively. I will ask my wife to try once tomorrow but don’t think they will budge.

  • Amit says:

    Same here, sent a secure message and they kindly added the offer for me. Did the same previously for the trailfinders offer on my gold card which was initially declined but they then changed their mind!

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