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New BA Amex offer – get 1,000 bonus Avios for £100 of British Airways spend

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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.

1000 Avios with £100 British Airways American Express spending

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.

1000 Avios with £100 British Airways American Express spending

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? – 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 Amex Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

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 Rewards Plus credit card

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:

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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 card

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 Visa card

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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% on business travel for four months) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (88)

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  • Liz says:

    I have spend £500 at britishairwayscruise118.com and get 2500 Avios. No plans for any cruises so no good for me.

    • Crafty says:

      What a strange business for them to partner with.

      • ThinkSquare says:

        Lots of people fly to (e.g.) Miami to start cruises

        • Crafty says:

          I was referring to BAs continuing attempt to position itself, despite all evidence to the contrary, as a premium brand.

  • Stuart says:

    Think today will be a good day to pay to select my seat on my return club world from Miami, £111 on the upper deck of the 747. The 1000 extra avios will ease the pain slightly

    • Titus Adduxas says:

      I point blank refuse to pay to pick my seat on BA. £111 is absolutely outrageous fir picking a seat in business class; I know of no other airline that does it. We check in and pick our seats 24 hours before departure (earlier with different statuses) which golf course is free!

      • BJ says:

        They are not alone, Thai have even started charging to select first class seats!

    • Titus Adduxas says:

      I point blank refuse to pay to pick my seat on BA. £111 is absolutely outrageous for picking a seat in business class; I know of no other airline that does it. We check in and pick our seats 24 hours before departure (earlier with different statuses) which of course is free!

      • Genghis says:

        If I didn’t have status I’d refuse to pay too. You can generally still get reasonable options at t-24

        • BJ says:

          Whst if you were flying together with your wife and baby, longhaul Christmas Eve overnight into Christmas Day and the seat map already showed only two pairs of seats together T-6 months?

          • Liz says:

            I would never pay the extra either to select seats – they get enough out of us with all the extra fees and charges! We don’t have any status. I log in 24 hrs before check in and go through the process of seat selection to see what is left after the bronze card holders have selected seats – i write down what is still showing, check on seat guru and write down my preferred seat options. Then at OLCI try and get those seats. As long as we can get seats together we are not bothered – just happy to be in CW and not economy. We are easily pleased. The first 2 times we flew in CW we managed to get upstairs on the 747 which spoiled us – other times we have been in the middle and had to sit with others but we are a sociable pair so always get chatting – except one time the man beside me put the shutter up! I would rather keep the extra money for spending – but that’s me being Scottish and canny with my money!!!

          • Genghis says:

            Free seat selection if you have a baby (<2 years), regardless of status!

          • BJ says:

            Learn something new every day 🙂

          • TGLoyalty says:

            IF you are all on the same booking then you wouldn’t be broken up. showing free seats is a red herring as status holders get seats next to them blocked etc until more seats are sold. are expertflyer showing them as allocated?

          • Doug M says:

            @Liz. Seatguru rubbish for BA, some of the maps are wrong, never mind the comments. Always thebasource com.

          • Liz says:

            @Doug M – I have taken note of thebasource site for future.Thanks.

          • BJ says:

            Thanks TGL, that explains why seats that were previously gone become available T-7 when I can select as bronze.

          • TripRep says:

            Liz – ditto.

            Completely agree with your mini rant 😀

            Rob – thanks for this tip, got the offer so signed up on my new card.
            ps sent you a semi-related query….

        • Boi says:

          I would refuse to pay too. Luckily we get free seat selection 5 days in advance as we travel with kids. Just checked our seats for flights on 5th. Great.

    • Nick_C says:

      I’m amazed you can select a good seat upstairs on the 747 without status. I’ve never been able to. But I’ve paid for 14A on the main deck a couple of times and been very happy with the seat.

      • Stuart says:

        The 4 seats in row 64 on the upper deck are open but other than a couple of singles nothing else. I do begrudge paying for seats but I am not the typical Head for Points reader. I have no status and this will be my first CW trip. This is a once in a lifetime trip where I am travelling first one way and back in Club. I will never do this trip again therefore to tick upstairs on a 747 off the bucket list I will have to pay to ensure this.

  • The other Kevin says:

    Thanks for the heads-up. Just saw the email moments before booking a flight to EDI.

  • xcalx says:

    Will Plat insurance be in place if flight booked with BA card. If not 1000 avios is not worth the gamble.

  • Mike says:

    I wish Amex would tell me why I never get any offers on either of my cards

    • BJ says:

      None at all, ever? If so you need to contact them as something is wrong. Are you sure you are opted in to marketing/offers?

      • Jonathan says:

        I get a offers all the time on my cards, but they’re rarely at places I shop/spend in so they’re most of the time generally useless! They do all differ from card to card though

        • Prune says:

          I went through 6 months of no offers on my Amex cards. I made a formal complaint and then about 3 weeks later they started again on all cards.
          I had to make the formal complaint after multiple phone calls to Amex even after they investigated it with their marketing department. I’m assuming it was an IT issue.

        • Lumma says:

          Isn’t that the point? To give you a discount to try something new, rather than just give you money off something you would buy anyway.

          For example, if Sainsbury’s wanted to do an offer for £20 off £100, they’d ask AMEX to give the offer to people who usually spend heavily at one of the other supermarkets but rarely at Sainsbury’s

      • Mike says:

        No offers, ever. On my Platinum Charge card and BAPP card. I’ve called many times, they investigate and just come back with “offers are targetted and you haven’t qualified this time”. I applied for a gold rewards card and got offers, so mentioned that it must be something wrong with my account, so they then stopped all offers on that card too, so cancelled it.

    • Lumma says:

      This happened to me a while back. You need to contact them, after this they told me that the offers are random and there’s nothing they can do to change it and offers aren’t a part of your contract with them. But shortly after they started reappearing.

      I think the comments have mentioned “losing” your card and the replacement then recieving the offers in the past. AMEX are usually extremely quick at sending out replacement cards

      • meta says:

        I had that from July last year on my Plat. I got fed up making complaints to Amex. Once I even got £25 as compensation, but they said that offers are not part of T&C, so that was gesture of goodwill. After I haven’t had Amex Travel offer, I decided to close the card and after 10 days got the card again. I then created separate online account for each Amex (both main and supp). This seemed to work as with the next statement I started receiving offers. I think system can be confused if you have all cards on one account. Maybe two is ok, but I don’t want to risk it.

      • Genghis says:

        I’ve heard removing card from online and then readding works too.

        • meta says:

          I tried that before and it didn’t work. I think scraping an online account entirely and opening a new one will work. I didn’t realise at the time, but some people here suggested this will work.

    • Rooster says:

      Amex do block offers for some people, I had this before on 2 cards, never got an offer for years and they wouldn’t let me have different credit limits, in the end just closed them.

  • Antonio says:

    I can’t see this offer… is it targeted?

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    OT: No bits but Amex related – do I get a bonus for adding a supp to a green?

  • Rob says:

    Interesting. Not surprising, though, because Amex has to hold assets on its balance sheet for a % of your credit limit. This is a regulatory requirement. It is unlikely to happen to charge card customers because there is no agreed credit limit to provide against.

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