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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 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 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 This is because ‘buy Avios’ transactions are purchased by 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? – September 2023 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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 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 & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 (96)

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  • 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!

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