Assuming Amex’s IT was working OK overnight, a good new offer should be showing on your British Airways or British Airways Premium Plus American Express card this morning.
If you spend £100 or more at ba.com between today and 15th September, you will receive 1,000 bonus Avios.
For clarity, this bonus comes from American Express, not British Airways. The bonus Avios will be added to the ‘pending Avios’ showing on your online American Express statement and will be transferred over as part of the monthly sweep into your British Airways Executive Club account.
The offer is limited to the first 50,000 people to register. This is quite a large number, clearly, but there are a lot of cards out there and I imagine BA or Amex will do an email over the next few days. I recommend you register now, just in case.
You need to visit the American Express website here, log in and navigate to the statement page for your British Airways American Express card. The promotion should show under the ‘Offers’ tab at the bottom of the screeen. It should also be possible to register via the ‘Offers’ section of the American Express app.
Here is the small print – don’t get caught out:
Your transaction needs to be made at ba.com. There is no mention of transactions booked via the call centre counting.
You can only earn the bonus once although supplementary cards would be OK if the deal appeared on the ‘Offers’ page for that card.
Your qualifying spend needs to be in Pounds. If you book a flight which starts outside the UK, it is likely that it will not be priced in Sterling and so will not qualify for the bonus.
Your payment must be made directly with your American Express card. You cannot use an aggregator such as PayPal, which recharges a transaction to your BA Amex. You CAN use Apple Pay or similar.
Whilst not mentioned in the small print, Amex has confirmed to me that this is a cumulative offer so the £100 does not need to be spent in a single transaction.
For clarity, if you buy Avios via this page of ba.com, it will NOT trigger the bonus. ‘Buy Avios’ transactions are handled by an intermediary called points.com, and it is points.com that appears on your credit card statement.
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There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.
British Airways American Express
10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
40,000 Avios (SPECIAL OFFER) 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
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.
The bonus on the Capital On Tap card is increased from points worth 10,000 Avios to 30,000 Avios until 4th February 2022.
The bonus on the British Airways Accelerating Business card is increased from 30,000 Avios to 45,000 Avios until 28th February 2022.
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
45,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
30,000 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.
Apply 31st March 2022 and your cashback will be increased to 2% for the first three months.