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Got a British Airways Amex? New spend bonus launched on Monday

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American Express has launched a new spend bonus for British Airways American Express Premium Plus and free British Airways American Express cardholders.

It is surprisingly generous, possibly more generous than it needs to be, which is odd but I’m not complaining – especially as I have a hotel bill to pay this week.

The following has appeared on my British Airways Premium Plus card – click to enlarge.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus spend bonus

It is limited to the first 60,000 people to register.

I get 10,000 bonus Avios for spending £5,000 by 30th November.

This is such a decent deal that it is worth paying the 3% foreign exchange commission to settle my hotel bill bill this week. As long as I cap the amount at £5,000, I will be paying £150 in fees to bank 17,500 Avios in total which is fine by me.

(Obviously it would make more sense to do the spending in the UK and not pay any FX fees. However, as per our other article today, I have a similar offer on my Business Platinum card that will keep me busy until mid November once I get home.)

Looking at reader comments, there do not seem to be alternative versions of this offer. It is either ‘10,000 Avios for spending £5,000’ or nothing if you have Premium Plus.

The free BA Amex offer does have different versions

On the free British Airways American Express there are reports of:

  • ‘1,500 Avios for spending £1,000’
  • ‘2,000 Avios for spending £2,000’

….. and that’s it. There are also quite a few reports of people getting nothing, so don’t get your hopes up.

Remember that you need to opt in to these offers via the ‘Offers’ tab on your BA Amex statement page in the app or Amex website. Spending does not count towards your target until you opt in.

For clarity, spending on supplementary cards does not count. Neither does PayPal spend recharged to your Amex.

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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.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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.

Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points 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:

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

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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

2% cashback on all your business spend for 3 months (1% thereafter) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (183)

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  • AlanW says:

    I didn’t have the offer on my BAPP and was told by Amex they couldn’t add it as it was targeted. Frustrating as I recently paid to upgrade from the blue card.

  • David says:

    Worth signing up for this card before fee goes up?
    Or waiting for a relaunch bonus?

  • gordon says:

    Received a call back from Amex this afternoon and their marketing executive has confirmed that as long as supplementary card holders register they are acceptable for the 10k bonus. They registered my wife and my son manually as they hold supplementary cards on my account.

  • Gael Wright says:

    We are currently in New Zealand, enjoying until last week a fairly covid free existence. We have a new ish BA card and will just manage to make the spend needed for the 2 4 1 voucher in time (Feb next year). We have the current offer but can only reach a £5,000 spend by November by paying FX fees. We plan to return to UK next April and have managed to reach the required spend for the 2 4 1 mainly with airfares, a month’s Air BnB booking and a cruise. We don’t plan on cancelling anything but who knows whether it will all be possible given our currently fast changing world. My question is, if we trigger the current offer by paying FX for NZ expenditure, and then things we have booked previously to get the 2 4 1 get cancelled, will we lose the current deal? EG we got an excellent deal on the AirBnB booking but it’s not just us who can cancel that without penalty, the person offering the accommodation can also do so. And cruising is still a murky area so ours might be cancelled by the cruise line. Just would like to know how it would work before we pay the FX fees unnecessarily.

  • Kevin D says:

    Both myself and the wife had this offer – “saved to card”. 20k points between us for nothing! So glad for HfP!!!

  • Gary says:

    I have quite a big refund to my card due any time, anyone know if this will cause an issue with my spend requirements like it does with voucher qualification? thanks

  • Andy says:

    I finally received an email detailing my personal offer. A whopping 100 Avios if I spend £1.
    What is the point?

  • Bob M says:

    Logged on this weekend, no sign of the offer. All gone?

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