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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.

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.

Bonus Avios on British Airways American Express spending this month

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% variableBAPP – 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

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here.

British Airways American Express card

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

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

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

Nectar American Express

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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

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 card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

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

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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.

Comments (132)

  • 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:

    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:

    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.

  • 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:


      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?