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 (click here for participating locations) – £ only
BA Holidays – £ only
Heathrow Express – £ only
Selected Marriott hotels in Europe (click here for the list) – 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.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – May 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. 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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios or other airline miles, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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 Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 points bonus (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 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
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.