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.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2023 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit 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 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can 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 – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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
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:
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
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.