If you have a British Airways American Express card, an interesting new promotion could be waiting for you.
Many, but definitely not all, cardholders seem to have it. My wife and I do not.
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 may see a variant of this:
Spend £500 & get 500 Avios – up to three times
Save to Card to get 500 Avios on a transaction of £500+ at participating Avios travel partners like BA, Marriott and Avis by 15th July 2019. You can redeem this offer up to three times.
There are also variants offering 1,500 Avios for £1,500 spend and 3,000 Avios for £3,000 spend.
These are the partners who count – note the currency restrictions:
British Airways – £ only
Avis UK – £ only
BA Holidays – £ only
Heathrow Express – £ only
Selected Marriott hotels in Europe – spend can be in £, €, SEK or CHF
The small print – despite the wording saying “a transaction [singular] of £500+” – confirms that it is based on combined spend, so you can mix and match partners to hit the target.
Beware these two catches
Whilst the offer mentions 15th July as the closing date on a number of occasions, this is NOT true. The small print makes it clear that only charges made to your card by 30th June will count. 15th July is the cut-off date for transactions made by 30th June to hit your card statement.
Be 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 outside the UK when you factor in the value of the base Avios and the bonus, especially if only part of your qualifying spend is in foreign currency, 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.
My view is that this is NOT a bonus so generous that you should chase it. However, 30th June is a long way away. REGISTER NOW and then, if your combined spend across these partners hits the £500 / £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:
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.
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
15,000 bonus points 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 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.