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New BA Amex offer – get 3,000 bonus Avios for £300 of British Airways spend

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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.

1000 Avios with £100 British Airways American Express spending

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.

1000 Avios with £100 British Airways American Express spending

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.

Learn more about the credit cards mentioned above

Here is the legally required interest rate information on the credit cards mentioned above, together with links to our detailed reviews:

British Airways American Express – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Avios when you spend £1,000 in three months – apply hereour BA Amex review is here – representative APR 22.9% variable

British Airways American Express Premium Plus – sign-up bonus of 25,000 Avios when you spend £3,000 in three months – apply hereour BA Amex Premium Plus review is here – representative APR 76.0% variable including fee based on a notional £1200 credit limit, interest rate on purchases 22.9% variable

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Comments

  1. I’ve got a BA.com transaction showing as pending on my card. I’ve just added the offer now. Will it trigger the bonus?

    • That often works OK. If it’s flight-only booked in last 24 hours you can cancel for free and re-book which might be worth considering.

  2. Karen Kendrick says:

    We are about to book a flight using a 241 voucher – will the cost of taxes count towards the £300 spend please?

  3. Iv only just got the the BA premium I have had it two weeks however never had a single offer yet do you need to trigger your spend first or turn it on somewhere ?

    • Harry T says:

      It can take a few weeks or months for the offers to appear in a reasonable volume. It seems to correlate with how much you use the cards. Just keep using the card and offers should start to pop up.

  4. OT at T3 Heathrow just I have lounge key with Hsbc options are either No1 or Aspire.
    Any recommendations?
    Thank you

    • Shoestring says:

      both reviewed on HFP

      only No1 lets you reserve ahead for £5 online

      both regularly turn away lounge pass holders when they get busy

      • Thanks Shoesting just got into No1 very impressed to be honest.
        Lovely views of airfield and not over crowded.
        Also saved a fiver by not pre booking 😁

        • Good to know that it’s quiet this time on a Tuesday. I shall be there same time in 3 weeks – but I think I shall still pre-book. Did you use a dragonpass voucher to get in ?

          • Shoestring says:

            he used Lounge Key

            OP – sorry didn’t read it slowly enough ie you were already at LHR – No1 is better than Club Aspire IMV but Aspire do a nice single malt Scotch whisky and cold Guinness

            both good lounges

  5. OT – have just booed OSL-DOH_BKK in business with Qatar with the flight back being BKK-DOH-ARN-OSL. Booked on their website and put my BA exec number in. I know I’ll earn 560 tier points from the OSL-DOH-BKK/BKK-DOH-ARN legs, but will I earn avios and tier points for the ARN-OSL leg as it appears to be on scandianvian airlines? (Although i guess it would end up being a codeshare?

    • You don’t earn BA tier points if the OPERATING airline is not in oneworld. Qantas has an exception, which is why QF-coded Emirates tickets earn, but it is an exception.

    • “have just booed OSL-DOH_BKK in business with Qatar”

      This really made me giggle 😀 😀 – I just had images of you sitting their booing the service in business 😀

  6. O/T SAA cutting more routes.
    How long before the JNB-LHR route is cut, and we’re left with even fewer routes to one of the UK’s most popular long haul destinations.
    I understand that one of the reasons that airlines don’t like the route is the fact that aircraft have a long wait on the tarmac before the return overnight flight. Might it not be possible for that aircraft to be used for an internal flight in SAA during the day?

    • I’d imagine LHR-JNB would be one of the last routes to be cut – it’s probably their ‘flagship’ route for business and prestige factor!

    • WaynedP says:

      SAA generally a depressing tale.
      I think that international operators flying domestic routes is banned world-wide, hence why you can’t get a foreign domiciled operator flying you from Heathrow to, say, Edinburgh. Otherwise it would be ideal to use foreign planes to ferry passengers from JNB to CPT, or DBN, or even PLZ and return to JNB, before departing back to country of origin.
      But there are sensible ways around such restrictions. Lufthansa faces a similar challenge when flying FRA to WDH in Namibia three times a week. It departs FRA early evening, arrives WDH following morning and only stays 2-3 hrs before return daylight flight back to FRA arriving around 7pm. While it’s best to arrive in ZA in the morning and get to your destination during daylight, it’s perfectly acceptable to arrive in a country like DE at night time and still have plenty of safe, reliable options of getting around. Likewise for London.
      ZA, time to catch a wake-up

  7. Perfect timing – I need to pay to select some seats which may end up costing over £300 for the two of us both ways. As this’ll be through ba.com I’m guessing this would qualify?

    • Yep

    • There’s never a perfect time to pay £300 for seat selection in my view!

      • Peter K says:

        Would you still say that if your two children were 3 and 5 and you wanted the 4 seats in the middle block though, but had no status to get them free?

        • WaynedP says:

          I think Rob’s point is that someone in your position should not have to pay a penny to be seated together as parents with children, and I agree. Efficient economic pricing of an “add-on” with a perceived value (like paying extra for a specific seat) only works if consumer is “free” to choose to pay the price for it, or not. Your position means you are a captive victim, and the “free market” argument breaks down, both economically and morally IMO.

        • Still not worth £300. BA seat families together. If not, people would move. Who would demand to stay seated next to your 3 year old, while you sat across the aisle!?

        • If your kids are that young you’ll be allocated your seats together by BA a few days before check in opens. I’ve never paid for seat selection in J and never not ended up together.

  8. OT… has good to go parking closed down? I can’t seem to find any availability for any time for any terminal. I do vaguely remember reading an article on here about it (unless I’m imagining), but can’t seem to find it now!

  9. Anthony Charles says:

    Ive signed up for the offer
    On 2 separate cards / other is my wifes
    I owe £560 on a upcoming trip with BA
    Will pay £300 off on 1 card
    Trying to think how I can top the £260 up to £300 to pay with the other card
    Without buying something unnecessary like seat ?
    I seem to have all the hotels I need too
    Any suggestions appreciated?

    • Car hire? You could probably cancel it too prior to the trip (once the Avois had transferred to BAEC) if you wanted to be very cheeky

      • I think it says in the T&C they can recall the points
        So I dont know if that would work

        • They will claw back the points if you get a refund on a BAPP. We got an £88 refund for a flight which was cancelled by BA and the avios were deducted as soon as the refund hit!

    • Peter K says:

      Spending an unnecessary £40 to get 3000 avios is basically costing you 1.33p a point. Think carefully if that is value for money for you.
      Maybe if you don’t get anything, think of it as spending 3000 avios to save £40.

      • I agree Peter
        That’s why I said I don’t want to buy anything unnecessary
        Just wondering if anyone could think of something on the site that was worth the buy

    • WaynedP says:

      In the past I’ve added on pre-paid airport to hotel transfer with BA Holiday, and even booked a cheap room at a hotel airport on the night before flying out of Heathrow to allow my OH and me to start our holiday one night earlier (with a whole day to leisurely get to the Airport Hotel) and have a nice hotel breakfast and short shuttle hop to Airport terminal.
      I haven’t tried using the Airportr service yet, so don’t know whether this would qualify as a ba.com spend or not, but if so, it might also be worth considering.

      • I got custom flight and pre flight hotel
        booked
        I booked a lot of airport airport hotels already
        I shouldn’t be so organized 😳

  10. OT – I booked a BA holiday flight plus car package (which I’ll be paying off with this offer) I have no desire to actually pick up the car now at any point of the holiday, so am I OK to just do nothing or should I let BA know?

    I won’t be able to pick it up drive round the clock and drop it off on arrival as I plan to have a few drinks in F to celebrate my 40th.

  11. Colin JE says:

    Aaargh, just spent 400 quid on Sunday with BA for some tickets in April for EDI to BRU with car hire. Had we seen this even yesterday I would have cancelled and rebooked. (Not a criticism Rob). One of those instances where it pays not to think too far ahead perhaps.

    • Charlieface says:

      Pays to look at the comments, it was there…

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