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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.

British Airways Premium Plus American Express

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.

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? – October 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

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.

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

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

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend 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 offers:

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

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

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (129)

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  • Tinseltown says:

    I think the 25k has been around for a while. I received the Plus card last year in December and got the 25k avios a few months ago…

  • Liz says:

    OT: Is anyone else still having issues with Avios not transferring from the Lloyds credit card. We took out the card in Dec and after 4 months statements have not received any pts. In Dec we were told it was a known linking problem. Jan we were told they had resolved the issue and were dealing with a 12 week backlog. Didn’t call in Feb as assumed they were dealing with said backlog. Phoned Mar and got the case escalated to a complaint with a promise of a phone call back this week – no phone call – called back today and told my complaints case manager only works Tue-Thurs and no one else in Lloyds can help me but him. After 30 mins of arguing I was told the issue is not resolved and that the info back in Jan was basically BS. No timescales can be given – no more info available about other people with the same problems as everyone’s case is individual. I asked about compensation to date as I want the pts for my Oz redemption in May but no compensation will be offered until after the issue is resolved. It’s not been mentioned here for a while so wondered if anyone else was still having the same problem!

    • Tracy says:

      Took mine out in November, everything has posted great including double Avios for first six months, 4500 referral avios and the Avios counted towards my super boost target. Seems a bit arbitrary which accounts are ok. Sorry you are having issues though 🙁

      • Liz says:

        We got the referral bonus ok and we are getting the double pts on the statements – just not getting the points!

      • AndyR says:

        Tracy how did track your Superboost target? Also have you been paid your Superboost bonus Avios? Thanks.

        • Tracy says:

          When I log into the Avios app there’s an icon in the top right corner the shape of a guitar plectrum. Click on it and it tells you your progress toward the super boost target.

          • AndyR says:

            Thanks. I don’t seem to have it on my app. I’ve sent them a message to find out why.

        • Tracy says:

          Not received the Avios yet, think the end date for the boost is 30th April.

    • Rob says:

      A small minority – but definitely more than a handful of people – are having these issues. I can’t get to the bottom of it and Lloyds does not seem too bothered. A formal complaint claiming 1.6p for each Avios you are due may do the job.

      • Liz says:

        That rate seems low – I am just short of 13k miles owed so far and that would cost me £223 to buy – plus time and money on phone calls

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Have you complained? I called twice over a 6 week timespan so was offered £120 for 2k missing Avios,my troubles and their lack of customer service then got the points 5 days later.

          • Liz says:

            Yes I’ve complained – see my note – been told no compensation till it’s all resolved but they have no clue how long that will take. Need to wait and speak to “Stuart” the only person who seems to be able to help me!

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Sounds like my initial complaint, which didn’t resolve the points issue. It was then escalated and I can’t remember the chaps name but that was the point compensation was offered and the problem actually solved.

    • Alex W says:

      I’ve been waiting a few months for my Lloyds Avios to arrive. What a shambles!

  • Adrian says:

    My partner has the free BA AMEX, if they refer me for the BAPP will I still get the 25000 Avios?

    • Rob says:

      Yes (well, actually you get 26,000) and they get 9,000.

      • Adrian says:

        Excellent, that sounds like that’s worth doing as it’s been well over 6 months since I had the BAPP card.

  • david2910 says:

    hi could someone advise on this pls? I have existing 2-4-1 booking in Europe, booked last September (before the food & drink changes). I need to change this booking: a) flying from London to Europe zone 2, open jaw return to London from Europe zone 1. I was informed I cannot do this with avios. I had understood that open jaws were no longer zonal but relative distance based? updated view on that? 2) I said OK but then just cancel my booking, return my voucher, and i’ll book again later – requesting that because I booked prior to F&B changes that I shouldn’t pay cancellation fee. this was rejected due to that previously being complementary. Both of these responses sound wrong to me?

    • the real harry1 says:

      I don’t think very many people actually got a free cancellation due to the cancellation of free F&B – a few might have slipped through but not the usual offer from BA

      you could escalate it if the first answer is no

  • Mozo says:


    Will you get advanced notice of when this offer closes?

    How safe am I to delay applying for a bit in assumption your daily email will give a few days notice that offer us ending?

  • Jonathan says:

    I’ve got the BAPP card and about to downgrade to free, but I’ve got an offer of 3000 avios if I apply for a supplementary card. It’s says terms apply, but I can’t find them. Does anyone know what the Ts&Cs are for this?

  • DocS says:

    If I have the ‘standard’ BA Amex will I be eligible for the 25,000 bonus if I upgrade?

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