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Good British Airways Amex ‘bonus Avios’ promotion – requires registration

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If you have a British Airways American Express card, an interesting new promotion should be waiting for you.  The majority of cardholders seem to have it.

Tthat said, looking at the comments below there are a large number who do not, so don’t take it personally if it isn’t there! You might another interesting offer worth registering for, so it won’t be a total waste of two minutes of your life to check.

You need to go to the American Express website here, log in, go to your BA Amex statement page and scroll down to ‘Offers’.

British Airways American Express special offer

You will see a variant of this:

There appear to be three variants and you don’t get to choose which one you get:

Spend £3000 and get 3000 Avios, up to three times

Spend £1500 and get 1500 Avios, up to three times

Spend £750 and get 750 Avios, up to three times

These are the partners who count – note the currency restrictions:

British Airways – £ only

Avis – £ only

BA Holidays – £ only

Heathrow Express – £ only

All (?) Marriott and Starwood hotel brands (check the full list online) – all currencies

You have from the date you register until 31st December to hit the spending target.

The implication – despite the wording saying “a transaction [singular] of £750+” – is that it is based on combined spend, so you can mix and match partners to hit the target.

Be very wary with the Marriott offer.  There is a 3% foreign exchange fee on your British Airways American Express card.  It MIGHT make sense to use your BA Amex when you factor in the value of the base Avios and the bonus, but it also might not.  Anyone with a different credit card with 0% FX fees may want to use that instead and forget about the bonus.

(We will be spending around €800 at a Marriott next month, for example.  With her 2-4-1 voucher already triggered for the year, it will be pointless to use my wife’s BAPP card and pay €24 in fees to trigger 750 bonus Avios and around 1100 base Avios when I have a 0% FX credit card to use instead.)

My view is that this is NOT a bonus so generous that you should chase it.  However, 31st December is a long way away.  REGISTER NOW and then, if your combined spend across these partners hits the £750 / £1500 / £3000 target, you’re sorted.

You need to register by logging in to the Amex website here or via the Amex app.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – June 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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 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:

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

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 card

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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% on business travel for four months) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (93)

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  • guesswho2000 says:

    Nothing for either of us on BAPP.

  • Phillip says:

    Nothing on our two BA cards.

  • Adam says:

    Nothing on mine either. Will be calling them when they open.

  • Roger says:

    None of 3 BAPPs

  • twoclicks says:

    Nothing either. I’ve given up on these ones as I absolutely never get any of the travel bonus avios / MR related offers, likely since that’s what I already spend huge sums of money on so why would they bother incentivising spending I already do!

  • Callum says:

    Spend £750 get £7.50 worth of Avios doesn’t seem that great to me? Perfect if you were going to spend anyway, but it’s a pretty trivial amount!

    • Lewis King says:

      Depends how you spend them. We got wat better value than 1p per avios on our last booking.

      • Genghis says:

        There’s a difference between selling and buying

        • Genghis says:

          To explain a bit more for those that are interested:

          To take an example, we flew Air Nostrum last month and doing the simple (cash price – avios taxes paid)/avios total got around 8p per avios. Now I would never have paid the cash price for the flight but might have taken the train / driven / did different routing altogether so I would never claim that I got this amount.

          But using redemption rates for purchases just doesn’t make sense. I.e. Even if believe I got 2p for this flight, I would never pay that. You can buy the points direct for just over a penny when there’s an offer on and less than a penny indirectly when there’s an offer on. Hell I pay fractions of a penny for mine. I.e. you can use an appropriate substitution price, never a redemption price to work out if picking up avios is a good deal.

      • Callum says:

        That’s true, I get way more than 1p in value for mine, I was just using the “standard” price for simplicity!

  • Kevin says:

    I’ll join the ‘nothing for me either’ group.

  • Jonesy says:

    I received a different offer – spend £400 get 400 Avios up to 3 times. Easier to achieve??

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