New BA Amex offer – get 3,000 bonus Avios for £300 of British Airways spend on your card
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A good new offer should be showing on your British Airways or British Airways Premium Plus American Express card.
If you spend £300 or more at ba.com between registration and 16th February, you will receive 3,000 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.
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.
I don’t know if the offer itself is targeted or if all BA Amex cardholders have it.
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.
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, historically this has been a cumulative offer so the £300 does not need to be spent in a single transaction. This makes sense, because if you buy multiple tickets from British Airways in one booking, each person is charged individually to your American Express statement.
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? – March 2023 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express 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 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.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus 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:
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) and free for a year Read our full review
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 Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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% for 3 months if you apply by 31st March) and no annual fee Read our full review