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.
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).
Interest rates: BA – representative APR 22.9% variable. BAPP – representative APR 76.0% variable including £195 fee based on a notional £1200 credit limit. Interest rate on purchases 22.9% variable.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion 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
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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:
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
Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.