Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Get £15 cashback or 1500 Avios with a £100 British Airways flight purchase via Amex

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British Airways and American Express have launched a new cashback or points deal which appears generous, especially as it can be combined with the current sale deals.

(Remember that there are Club Europe seats on offer for as low as £140 return in the January sale as I covered here.  Long-haul BA sale deals are discussed here.)

The offer only appears to be added to British Airways American Express cards, either free or Premium Plus, although it is worth checking any other cards you have.

There are two variants:

£15 cashback when you spend £100+ at ba.com by 30th January.  My wife has this version.

1,500 Avios – added to your BA Amex balance and transferred to BA with your normal Avios for card spending – when you spend £100+ at ba.com by 30th January.  I have this version.

Both offers state that they are valid for the first 20,000 people to save them to their card.  You can do this from the ‘Offers’ tab of your online BA Amex statement page, assuming you have the offer.  It isn’t clear if this is 20,000 users across both deals or per deal.

To avoid missing out, you should go to the Amex website here NOW and save the offer.  Do read the Terms & Conditions before booking.

Remember that the offer will almost certainly pay out on redemption bookings as long as the taxes are over £100.  I imagine that it will also trigger if you pay £100 towards any BA Holidays package you have booked.

It will NOT work if you buy £100 of Avios via ba.com. This is because ‘buy Avios’ transactions are purchased by points.com and you will see their name on your Amex statement.

The BA credit card surcharge is now 1% of the booking cost.  This will fall to nothing on 13th January when the law bans such surcharges.  That said, the base Avios received on your British Airways American Express card will offset the fee so the bonus Avios or cashback is still a genuine ‘extra’.

PS.  Here’s a little tip if you are close to £100 but not quite there.

It seems, at least on the version I was served yesterday, that the new BA website no longer allows you to make a small charitable donation to Flying Start or to offset your CO2 emissions.  This is annoying because it would have been a way of rounding up ticket sales which were just short of £100 – eg £96 – to trigger the cashback or bonus Avios.

However, you can still access the old British Airways website by starting your flight search here.  Use this website and you can add a charitable donation of 50p, £2.50 or £5.50 during the payment process.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2021 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 fee 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 (96)

  • RTS says:

    OT – Some help, what is the cheapest way for me to get to Bali in September. Avios wise. I live in London.

    • Clive says:

      HKG, BKK,KUL and SIN all have direct flights to DPS so would look at your options based around those airports. Maybe wait a week to see if QR release a sale as they have done in the past which would save your Avios.

      • Polly says:

        Exactly. We are on a F 241 down to kul end jan. With onwards
        to dps on mas in J avios. but if a decent qr j price comes in the next couple of weeks we will cancel the 241. It happened this time 2 years ago too and lots of hfp ters did similar. Think we got to kul for £ 850 from cph that time. Not so many under £900 now tho…but still worth swopping for. Bali v easy to get to from all those cities.
        We are already waiting for this sale for an ex eu Nov trip to Asia.

    • Choons says:

      cheapest would be to use a 2-4-1 on economy at off-peak to KUL and then onwards on Malaysia, if you are really short of avios

    • RTS says:

      Thanks all. I will probably try and get to SIN, since of all those places Singapore is the only one I haven’t been to yet.

  • S says:

    OT — Amex referrals — Can I refer and existing cardmember and get the bonus? And can I refer the same person twice, for 2 different cards?

  • DS says:

    I did not get either of these on my BA Premium Amex. Disappointing as I was about to spend a few hundred pound with BA!

    • Adam says:

      Call them. They sometimes just add the offer for you. Have me in the past.

  • dicksbits says:

    Not showing on my BA Amex card. TBH this is the second time an offer highlighted on this website hasn’t shown on card as an offer.

    • Frenske says:

      If you have an Gold Card you might want to check that too. I have a £50 off for £200 AmEx Travel spend.

  • Linda says:

    Has it got to be a flights purchase, as I want to reserve some seats coming in at £200 would that Qualify?

  • Linda Phillips says:

    Thanks Rob,

    I was going to do it in the next few months but will try it and see what happens before the end of the month. Both hubby and I have each of the offers on our BA cards, I have the 1,500 points which I prefer but as they say every little helps.

  • Tilly says:

    So not only do i not have the offer but the husband doesn’t have it either. Oh well…….

  • Michael says:

    I received the offer, but it is no longer available as all 20,000 have been taken!