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British Airways extends On Business points and status

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British Airways has finally made an announcement about On Business, its loyalty scheme for SMEs.

(If you have your own business and you’re not an On Business member, you can read our full review here. It is a no-brainer, since you earn On Business points on top of your usual Avios.)

This is what has been announced:

British Airways On Business
  • your status will roll over for 2021, irrespective of how much spending you do in 2020
  • tier thresholds have been cut by 40% – ON2 now requires £18,000 of BA spend whilst ON3 requires £180,000
  • no points will expire on 31st December 2020 – expiry has been pushed back to 30th June 2021
  • if you take a BA cash flight between now and 31st March 2021, the expiry date of points due to expire on 31st December 2020 will be pushed back to 31st December 2021

The latter one is important, because On Business points have a ‘hard’ expiry date. Irrespective of your activity, points still expire after three years if not used.

You find out more on this page of the BA website.

If you are an On Business member, you can now earn additional On Business points via the new British Airways Accelerating Business American Express credit card. You can learn more in our BA Accelerating Business review here.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Read our full reviewApply here

Other information:

  • Get 50% bonus On Business points on BA flights purchased with the card
  • Annual fee: £210

Representative 80.3% APR variable based on an assumed £1,200 credit limit and £210 annual fee. Interest rate on purchases 22.2% APR variable.

See if you qualify for the 2,200 points sign-up bonus +

There are no restrictions on receiving the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Accelerating Business American Express credit card.

You will receive the bonus irrespective of what other business or personal American Express cards you hold.

Learn more about the card benefits +

The card comes with the typical American Express credit card benefits:

Up to 56 days to pay

Up to 99 FREE supplementary cards for your employees

Travel inconvenience cover (with higher payouts if you or your baggage is delayed on a British Airways flight)

Travel accident protection

Purchase protection

Refund protection


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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.)

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