Good British Airways American Express ‘bonus Avios’ promotion launched
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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’.
You will see a variant of this:
Spend £750 & get 750 Avios – up to three times
Save to Card to get 750 Avios on a transaction of £750+ at participating Avios travel partners like BA, Marriott and Avis by 31 December 2018. You can redeem this offer up to three times.
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.
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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 Mastercard
Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
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: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ card is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points. 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
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 points bonus (to 13th June) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
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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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.