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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.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus spend bonus

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

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

As you can see, I get 10,000 bonus Avios for spending £5,000 by 30th November:

British Airways American Express bonus offer

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.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 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.

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

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 a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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:

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

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (183)

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  • Doc says:

    Got spend £2k get 2k avios by 30/11 here on the Blue card

  • Peter Taysum says:

    Brilliant; I had the same offer and have “saved it” thanks! 🥳

  • WaynedP says:

    Doubly delightful that this offer stacks with all other BA Amex offers.

    Suddenly spending £100+ at Sweaty Betty goes from being “highly unlikely” to “interestingly appealing”.

    • Andrew says:

      And the rebates you get from other offers don’t come off your total spend, so the initial charge will be what’s counted towards the spend threshold. Good timing for the Mr Porter £500/£100 offer today too (triple stacking with 9 Avios/£1 on the BA portal)

    • CarpalTravel says:

      Woah now! SB becoming appealing? Let’s not get *too* carried away! 😀

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        Wonder if the PE firm that bought them last month paid by Amex and got 12% back 🙂

  • CarpalTravel says:

    Just wondering, I have a pending transaction for £400 from Saturday, it is just a hold at the moment, the goods are to be despatched tomorrow when the actual charge will be posted.

    Does anyone know if that means it will form part of the spend total?

    • Andrew says:

      It won’t. Transaction date is what’s counted. Same as offers on their final day can still be used even though they remain pending until after the offer has closed.

      • CarpalTravel says:

        Perfect, thank you Andrew for that! I’ll cancel and re-order.

        • Paul says:

          You want to be careful with that approach. Unless others know better I think you’ll get a refund during the qualifying period which will then be taken off your qualifying spend. So no net benefit. You’d need to wait for the refund to be processed prior to accepting the offer.

          • CarpalTravel says:

            That’s a good point! It turned out that I have missed the cancellation cut off anyway (without having to actually speak directly to people) so I have just left it. I think I am going to get ruined with a BA refund in September too from a booking made last year, so I might just have to write this offer off.

  • LDTx says:

    On a marginally related note my BA Chase Visa card charges 0% FX commission, and the converted amount in USD on my statement is always made at precisely that day’s fixing for the currency pair. Chase has been applying an unadvertised 400% Avios bonus on all purchases this summer. I’ve been in Italy for a few weeks and have earned far more than 10K Avios on significantly less than the GBP 5K/USD6.8K required for this BA Amex “special” offer LOL

  • Vit says:

    Seem like my partner’s card stuck with the blue card’s “algorithm” (i.e. spend 2k to get 2000 avios) as it has just been upgraded bapp to trigger 2-4-1. Do you think it is worth bothering amex with this as we do have upcoming expenses and can easily trigger £5k in 3 moths. Many thanks.

    • FFoxSake says:

      Same “problem” here. But I’m going to wait a few days and see if the spend £5k get 10k avios offer also comes in… I’m an optimist 😉

      • Vit says:

        haha! Why not!? I will do as well. Planning to keep the BAPP for a good while though so hopefully it will come through.

  • Jon says:

    Nice. Woke up to this news in Grenada and still able to save to my card ready for t( hotel bill Saturday.

  • Ancient says:

    I recently upgraded to BAPP to miss the fee increase. Only targeted for the 2K for £2K spend offer.

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