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.
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? – 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:
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.