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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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  • Oli says:

    Just got an email with my 25k Avios from the Barclays offer through!

  • GRIMZ says:

    OT, Anyone know if Shop Small is only £50 per account or £50 per card yet?

    • bsuije says:

      The Amex Shop Small website talks about “Card” and T&Cs say “One £5 statement credit per UK Card per merchant will be given up to 10 times.”, so I would expect that it’s £50 per card.

      Any particular reason to think otherwise?

    • KP says:

      Per card

  • Barry says:

    O/T
    I downgraded my BAPP last May after receiving the 241 voucher. I’ve been using the free card since then and have a counter online saying “spend xxx by January 2020 to receive your Companion Voucher”. Is this right? Can I earn a second voucher in the same membership year but on different cards?

  • Waddle says:

    OT:
    Out of interest, what price are people willing to pay for MS opportunities on Amex cards? Before Curve fell out with Amex, 0.65% was offered – effectively 0.65p per MR point or 0.43p per Avois on the BAPP.

    • The Urbanite says:

      0.35% max for me but I favour cost neutral or profit generating MS routes.

      • Rob says:

        I think, if it requires any noticeable effort, anything before 0.5% is too much.

  • pauldb says:

    OT, may have got picked up yesterday:

    BA have upped Ljubljana to 4x per week for next summer. I believe the timings are a lot better too (previously back to LHR really late I think, no 8/9pm). Plenty of avios seats in the first flush.

    • Shoestring says:

      judging by my BA emails today there’s a fair bit of shuffling going on in Europe

    • pauldb says:

      It also seems to have been shifted to T3 (will please some). Palermo seems to have gone the other way to T5 with early May services withdrawn.

      Cash may trump avios: as little as £80 return in August.

  • Liz says:

    Just redeemed one of my supermarket offers at M&S. Got some jumpers which were already reduced, sparks card had a 20% off birthday bonus as it’s my birthday later in the week, and then a further £10 off! I do like a good deal! Up to 38 out of 70 small shops completed so far.

  • Andrew g says:

    Do flights booked via Amex Travel (Platinum) earn Avios/Miles/Tier Points?

    • Shoestring says:

      yes

      one to watch is the fare class they book you into, as some fare classes earn more than others and not all fare classes can be upgraded with Avios

      I can’t see much point vs going direct (except if there’s £200 off £600 etc) – they also work on T-330 vs T-365 for BA

      • Andrew g says:

        Thanks. Playing around with AA/BA flights to/from and within Texas, and at the moment Amex coming out a bit cheaper than both the airlines own sites plus BA site struggling with a two leg internal flight (ELP to SAT) though it will accept the journey being booked as two separate legs.

    • Rob says:

      Yes. Flights always earn irrespective of where booked. It is only hotels where you need to be careful.

  • Gringo says:

    If I’m Hilton Gold and book 2 rooms, does everyone in the booking get free breakfast?

    • Gringo says:

      (and lounge access?)

    • Algor says:

      No

      • Rob says:

        In theory. In practice, probably yes (says a man who usually books 2 rooms because of his kids).

        Technically if the rooms are connecting they are one room anyway! If the 2nd room is not occupied by your kids you may have a harder time.

        No lounge access for anyone as Hilton Gold!

        • Gringo says:

          I’m sure Hilton Gold used to include lounge access. I definitely used it in Joburg

          • Pangolin says:

            You get lounge access with Gold if you get upgraded to an Executive Room. It’s only automatic for Diamonds.

        • Gringo says:

          Thanks Rob. So at least my other half would be included I imagine? (she’ll be sharing a room with me for her sins)

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