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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 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.

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

Here is the small print:

OFFER TERMS

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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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.

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 10,000 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 long list of travel benefits 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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  • the real harry says:

    people who moan about no availability presumably can’t/ won’t book flights T-355

  • Kim Carpenter says:

    I’ve just logged into my Amex account and was able to add the offer to my card…good excuse for an extra break!

  • Hani says:

    Just booked flights to Lima for next May. Hopefully if it works a nice little saving, without touching too many points. Thanks

  • t says:

    Emailed Amex via secure message last night and they replied to say they have added offer to my card and its there so worth a try !

    • rams1981 says:

      thanks for that. I did the same and likewese it has now been added to my account

  • Roger* says:

    I too didn’t get the BA offer. Inspired by HFPers above, I contacted AmEx online and now have the offer on both my Gold PRC and BAPP.

    Thank you fellow HFPers! 🙂

    Checking my accounts just now, I see the ShopSmall spend £10 to get £5 credit offer is back.

  • Boffinboy says:

    Noobie question – can this offer be triggered once per main card or can my supplementary cardholder also get it, allowing us to do it twice?

    • Genghis says:

      If your supplementary card holder has registered the card for an amex online account, have a look there and this offer may be listed. If so, pay 1x£500 with your card and 1 x £500 with your supp’s card for 2 x £100 back. All supps should do this in case such offers come along.

    • Rob says:

      If it shows on the supps account, assuming you registered it, then probably OK but I would not make a purchase purely because I expected it.

      • Boffinboy says:

        Thanks both, don’t think they have the offer – but will check earlier in future

  • John Gallagher says:

    I managed to get this offer added to my card by Amex too (thanks to the advice above).

    However, Anex now tell me “I would like to inform you that you are required to make a one-time charge of £500 or more with British Airways to qualify for the offer credit. Therefore, credit will not be triggered on this British Airways charge.”

    Is that how others interpret the T&Cs:

    “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).”

    • Ben says:

      This is not how I had interpreted the T&Cs.

      ‘spending £500 or more at BA.com by 24th November’ doesn’t to me suggest it has to be a single transaction, and the T&Cs don’t say this elsewhere.

      I was planning to split the £500 over a couple of bookings. Does anyone else have any evidence to suggest if this will work or not?

      • Rob says:

        In general with these promos, you should assume it is 1 transaction unless stated otherwise. However, it is fair to say that sometimes they pay out on cumulative transactions when you don’t expect it. That doesn’t really help I know ….

        • Ben says:

          Thanks for the advice. I need to make those sub-£500 bookings anyway so I’ll go ahead and see if I get lucky with a cumulative total.

  • rabbit says:

    Hi, just been reading all the comments from people saying AMEX gave you the offer after you contacted them. I did not have this is my offers and have since booked flights/holidays on 2 separate occasions spending over £500 on both. If they did add it now, would those 2 transactions trigger it?

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