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 are a few versions. You will hopefully see some combination of:
Get 500 / 1,000 Avios / Membership Rewards points when you spend £25 at amazon.co.uk before 17th September using your BA Amex / Amex Gold / Platinum card
It isn’t clear who gets what and you may have got nothing if you are very unlucky.
It is limited to the first 30,000 people to register so I recommend you sign up immediately, although the limit does not seem to have been reached yet. You have until 17th September to make a purchase and have it post to your Amex account.
There was some confusion over the wording of the offer. It says “purchases made with Market Place Sellers, Amazon Prime or subscriptions to Amazon Prime” do not count. Secondary terms and conditions also implied that gift cards would not count, even though American Express has no idea what you bought.
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”.
The 500 bonus Avios have now posted to my account. See below (click to enlarge):
I have also repeated the process on my wife’s non-Prime account with the same result.
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 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.
You obviously don’t need to purchase a gift card if you have a £25+ purchase you need to make. However, to avoid any issues with ‘Market Place sellers’ and the like, the voucher seems the easiest way to go.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 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:
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, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel 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.