Great BA Amex / Amex Gold / Amazon offer: register ASAP for 500-1000 easy Avios or MR points

(EDIT:  I have now received my 500 bonus Avios for ordering a £25 Amazon gift card, despite the fact that I am also a Prime customer.  Full details on HFP on Wednesday.)

American Express and Amazon have launched a generous offer for many – but not all – British Airways American Express, Amex Gold and Amex Platinum cardholders.

It is limited to 20,000 people, so I strongly suggest you register as soon as possible.  To put this in perspective, HFP gets 25,000 unique visitors daily and the number of BA Amex cardholders, let alone Gold and Platinum, is well into six figures.

You will find this offer on the ‘Offers’ tab of your British Airways American Express / Amex Gold / Amex Platinum statement page online, or in the app.


There appear to be a couple of versions.  Both my wife and I have:

Get 500 Avios when you spend £25 at before 17th September using your BA Amex

However, a reader sent me:

Get 1,000 Avios when you spend £25 at before 17th September using your BA Amex

There is also:

Get 500 / 1,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £25 at before 19th September using your Amex Gold / Platinum

It isn’t clear who gets what and you may have got nothing if you are very unlucky.

It is limited to the first 20,000 people to register.  The only rule is that “purchases made with Market Place Sellers, Amazon Prime or subscriptions to Amazon Prime” do not count.   Does this mean that if you are an Amazon Prime customer, like myself, it does not count? (it seems not – see below)  Or is it a typo, meaning that purchases via Prime Now do not count?  Or only purchases made using Prime next day delivery, which you can opt out from?

I did a test purchase on my own Amazon account for a £25 gift card.  I AM an Amazon Prime customer.  Within 2 minutes of making the purchase I got an email from American Express saying “Congratulations, you have earned 500 bonus Avios – if your transaction meets the offer terms”.  Assuming that it does, since Amex has picked up the transaction and has no idea what I bought, this means:

gift card purchases do count

even Amazon Prime customers still earn the bonus on gift cards

This offer should be a no-brainer for qualifying BA Amex / Amex Gold / Amex Platinum cardholders, especially if you have the 1,000 points version.  £25 is a ludicrously low purchase limit for earning 1,000 Avios or Membership Rewards points.

As I found, purchases of Amazon e-gift cards seem to count.  These can be bought online via this link and added to your personal Amazon account via this page.  The balance is used automatically on your next purchase.

If you making a purchase at Amazon, we are always grateful if you use our HFP Amazon link which is here (click).  We earn a small commission on your purchase which helps keep us ticking over.

(Want to earn more miles and points from credit cards?  Click here to visit our dedicated airline and hotel travel credit cards page or use the ‘Credit Cards Update’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Duncan Titcombe says:

    After reading about the B/A Amazon offer yesterday I clicked on the link Via the Link as requested to Amazon & after purchasing the gift card for £25 added the amount to my Amazon account via the link as requested. But never received any Avios points. What did I do wrong?

    • It takes at least 2 days for points from purchases to show on your account. You won’t even have the base points yet – only worry if they arrive but the rest do not.

  2. Thank you. I just bought the Amazon gift card using your link. I bought £70 and got an extra £5 from Amazon. I also received the email from Amex that you did. I’m a prime customer and was concerned about the Amex terms for the bonus points. Mine is for 1000avios. Fingers crossed I get the points.

  3. I also completed the offer and seem to see 1,000 Avios on the Amex App. But I’m new to all this, how do I get the points to my Avios account? Do they auto transfer from Amex to either BA EC or Avios or need I do something? Thanks.