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Get bonus Avios on all BA Amex spend until 27th December

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American Express is currently running a special offer for all British Airways American Express cardholders.

You may have been emailed about this last week, but if you have opted out of email marketing you won’t have seen it.  The offer is automatic (Amex has confirmed to me that all cardholders are eligible) and does not require registration.

You will earn 1 bonus Avios for every £4 you spend on your BA or BAPP (or indeed BAP if you’re an old timer) American Express card until 27th December.

Bonus Avios on British Airways American Express spending this month

The bonus is ‘per transaction’ and you receive one bonus Avios for every full £4 spent.  A £7.99 purchase would earn one bonus Avios, for example, whilst a £12 purchase would earn three.

The official terms and conditions for the deal are very badly written and imply that you get one bonus Avios per transaction of £4+.  I have spoken to Amex and they have confirmed that it is one bonus Avios per multiple of £4, as in my example above.

The offer is valid for both UK and overseas spend.

For British Airways Premium Plus cardholders, this bonus takes the effective rate – at least on larger transactions where the impact of rounding down is negligible – to 1.75 Avios per £1 spent.  This is highest earning rate on any UK travel rewards credit card, at least for the next 17 days.

If you applied for a card today it should arrive before Christmas, allowing you to get the bonus over the first couple of days of the sales.  The free British Airways American Express card comes with a sign-up bonus of 5,000 Avios (apply here, full BA Amex review here) whilst the Premium Plus card comes with a sign-up bonus of 25,000 Avios (apply here, full BA Premium Plus Amex review here).

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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 (131)

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  • Liam says:

    OT — I’m flying in Club Europe from LHR T3 on December 28. I’ve never flown in J from T3 before. I should have access to other Oneworld business lounges, no? If that’s the case, which one should I head to? Early morning so thinking more breakfast than booze (although maybe a glass of champagne).

    • Craig says:

      Liam – the Cathay Pacific Lounge. 😉

      • Shoestring says:

        …is somewhat over-rated by people on HFP! But worth a visit – the first thing you should do is grab a comfy lounger chair & footstool – see 2:01

        It’s quite dark & gloomy inside and the food is OK but nothing very special compared to a bog standard high st cafe – though the Noodle Bar is certainly different

        the biggest merits would be those comfy chairs looking out on the planes through big windows, 2 Champagnes, good for newspapers & (some) friendly staff

        but make time for Qantas Lounge which is bright & fresh with good freshly prepared food options – you’re also entitled to check out BA and AA lounges

        • Genghis says:

          I like the QF lounge – good brunch and coffee (but no champagne) but doesn’t open till 8am, perhaps not “early morning” for OP.

          • Liam says:

            Yes, 8.10am flight.

          • The Original David says:

            Don’t waste your time going to the AA lounge. Presumably you’re familiar with the BA early morning lounge offering (T3 is no different to T5), so I’d recommend spending the whole time in the CX lounge, so at least you know which you prefer for next time.

            And if you’re going to Sofia (which I assume from the flight time), you’ll be served breakfast even though the flight arrives at 13:15 local time, so plan your lounge eating accordingly!

          • Doug M says:

            In terms of English fried breakfast I rather like the AA lounge. The BA business lounge very much the worst. CX nice but vastly over-rated. What you’ll have realised from the responses is its a very subjective matter and you best approach is to try for yourself and see what you like.

          • Dev says:

            The CX lounge is very good for Asian breakfast (congee, dim sum, fried noodles, dumpling and noodle soup, all in breakfast proportions). Try to aim for the noodle bar, unless you dislike Asian food. If you have access to the First class section within the CX lounge, then you will have table service from the noodle bar.

            Also, they have 3 different champagne cuvées, one bling (ie WAGs favourite) and two growers’ champagnes. The latter two taste better.

            In my experience, the Qantas lounge is over rated (to give you a contrasting view to that of other opinions here). Other than the yogurts and muesli, everything else is poor quality. I’ve only been in there once and don’t plan to return. Everyone of my colleagues who has been in there also said it is over rated.

            Lastly, if you have access to the BA F lounge in T3, then a glass of Jeeper rosé champagne will be worth the visit.

            Enjoy your trip!

        • Lady London says:

          AA for jellybeans BA for whiskey. Otherwise as above.

  • Sandgrounder says:

    The supermarket offer on our free BA cards is 1000 Avios instead of £10.

  • Shoestring says:

    THREE classes of travel will be introduced on Britain’s railways for the first time in 60 years, the chief executive of the West Coast Main Line has said. Previously, the choice has been between plush seats and a hot meal in first class or a squeeze in standard class, but the new trains will feature a middle tier with snacks, more legroom and faster Wi-fi. Avanti West Coast, which replaced Virgin Trains on the West Coast Main Line on Sunday, is developing a premium economy-style offering, similar to that on airlines.

    • E says:

      The St Pancras to Leeds/Sheffield route had 3 classes about 20 years ago. Premier, First and Standard. Can’t much remember the difference between Premier and First but they were different carriage types onboard.

    • The Original David says:

      Is St Pancras to Ashford not a British railway?

    • Susan says:

      I hope it follows Italo in Italy’s format – 4 classes with the lower middle one (Comfort) being the same business class (Prima ) seat without the at seat service for often no more than a few euros even on a long distance route. A true Premium Economy product.

    • @mkcol says:

      Does nobody remember Silver Standard on the WCML? Or Eurostar Standard Premier?

  • Mike says:

    The bonus avios offer doesn’t show up in saved offers for me, as usual.

  • Kevin Deamer says:

    Just checked my Amex card for ‘spend £50 at supermarket get £10’ offer – I got similar offer of 1,000 avios rather than £10.

  • L Allen says:

    On my BAPP there’s also a spend £50 at supermarkets, get 1000 Avios offer.

  • MattB says:

    Gentle reminder the older amex offer some had of spend £100 at BA get 1000 avios expires in a week.

  • Nick G says:

    I have spend £50 get 1000 Avios back on my BA Amex not £10

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