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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.

British Airways American Express card

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.

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how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

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

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (165)

  • tony says:

    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?

    • Stu_N says:

      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.

  • 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?

  • Martin says:

    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.

  • Henry says:

    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

      • Henry says:

        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 😁

        • Jane says:

          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

  • andy says:

    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?

    • Rob says:

      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.

    • vol says:

      “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 😀

  • ChrisA says:

    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?

    • Rhys says:

      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

  • Josh says:

    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?

    • Rhys says:

      Yep

    • Rob says:

      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.

        • SimonW says:

          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!?

        • Anna says:

          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.

          • Charlieface says:

            TBH I would say the same about economy. And people are happy to move

  • Gulz says:

    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!