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British Airways American Express bonuses increased to 5,000 & 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 5,000 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

Our full review of the benefits of the Premium Plus card is here.  Amex’s own home page is here.

Our full review of the free card is here.  Amex’s home page is here.  Both reviews reflect these new bonuses.

Last time the sign-up bonus on the free card was 9,000 Avios during the promotion period.  This time the deal is not as good, but still an improvement of 2,000 Avios compared to the usual 3,000.  American Express may be hoping to persuade more people to pay the fee for the Premium Plus card by widening the gap to 20,000 Avios.

The offer will be running for a couple of months until further notice – we don’t have an end date at the moment.

Amex increasing the sign-up bonus is probably a response to Virgin Atlantic boosting the sign-up bonus on its credit cards  earlier this year. You can read more about the Virgin Atlantic offer here.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – November 2020 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are my November 2020 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here.

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these:

American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history.  By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker.  Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.

Comments (129)

  • asy949 says:

    OT but Amex related. Thinking about applying for the Amex plat charge card. Have some travel lined up shortly tickets purchased on BA Amex some time back. Does anyone know how strict they are if I end up having to make a baggage delay claim but ticket not purchased with plat? That’s per t&c in the platinum travel insurance document anyway… thanks in advance!

  • Jamie says:

    O/t I got an offer to upgrade from gold Amex to platinum with 10 MR points with no spend. I’m just wondering if this is a good deal as Ill be leaving the country by the end of the year, but I really wanted to use the Hertz benefits which u get with Amex gold but platinum doesn’t really seem to offer that much :/

    • Rob says:

      Given that you’ll be paying £38 per month for Platinum, it is only a good deal if you upgrade and then immediately cancel. However, it is a clean cancellation (you can’t downgrade to Gold without having to pay the £140 annual fee immediately) so you may not want to do it if you’re using the Hertz benefits.

  • JamesW says:

    Binned the BAPP recently as treatment as a customer is becoming bo11ocks !

    Would I get the 5k for getting the free one (then intending to cancel having spent the required £1k on it) since I held the BAPP very recently ??
    Probably the same as holding one & applying for the other at the same time, to hold both.

    • Alan says:

      You’d need 6/12 clear of hold BAPP before getting sign-up for free one as they’re from the same ‘family’ of cards.

  • Jamie says:

    O/T Quick question. If I upgrade to the Platinum card and get my 10k MR points which Amex have offered, and say 2 months later downgrade back to the Amex Gold, does that mean I’d still get to keep gold status with the hotel partners? Also how much roughly would I have to pay for the platinum annual fee as I think the advisor said the £450 fee would be added to my next statement.. after 2 months am I likely to get the majority of it refunded if I downgrade?