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.
Further credit card information
Here is the legally required interest rate information on the credit cards mentioned above, together with links to our reviews:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus – sign-up bonus of 25,000 Avios for spending £3,000 in three months – apply here – our BA Premium Plus Amex review – representative APR 76.0% variable including £195 fee based on a notional £1200 credit limit, interest rate on purchases 22.9% variable
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