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Here are the new British Airways American Express card designs – what do you think?

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As it is now midnight, we are allowed to give you a first glimpse of the new-look British Airways American Express cards.

There will be two full-length articles later on Wednesday to look at the cards in detail, and share details of some exciting new limited time sign-up bonuses.

If you want to see if the new sign-up offer is live already, the application page for the British Airways Premium Plus card is here and the free card is here.

Here is the new Premium Plus card:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

As you can see, Amex has chosen to stick with a horizontal format. This makes us very happy because it is far easier to fit a horizontal image into our articles!

The image is a play on the British Airways logo, as you can see if you look at the top right of the card and how it swirls.

You’ll note that the card number and expiry date have disappeared. These now appear on the back of your card. I’m not sure why the other information has remained on the front, especially the ‘Member Since’ date.

Here is the new free British Airways American Express card (click to enlarge):

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

At first glance it looks more attractive than the Premium Plus version, but we haven’t seen one ‘in the flesh’ yet to give a proper view.

I assume that American Express will not be wasting money and plastic reissuing all outstanding cards, so you may have to wait a couple of years to get your hands on the new design.

Alternatively you could report your current card as lost, but this will lead to a new card number being issued and a lot of administration changing over automated payments etc …..

Pop back from 5am and we will have full details of the new cards, the new card benefits and the limited time sign-up bonuses on offer.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(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 (49)

  • NFH says:

    With the new very hefty £250 annual fee, shouldn’t these cards now be metal rather than plastic? Less expensive premium versions of other cards, e.g. Curve and Revolut, are metal, so Amex should do the same. And I do have a metal Amex Platinum card.

    • Rob says:

      Are you not bored with metal cards now? I am currently carrying my Plat and Curve and it is a lot of weight. I don’t need another one.

      • NFH says:

        I have only the same two as you – Amex Platinum and Curve. But I put them in slots of my wallet that prevent my wallet from undesirably bending. But I hadn’t considered the weight impact of more metal cards. It’s a good point, consdering my wallet holds 16 cards, because if they were mostly metal, it would be quite heavy.

  • @mkcol says:

    Disappointing to read the comments of those who are so wasteful as to order a new one as their old was ‘damaged’ or ‘lost’ just to get the new card design early.
    Quite sad.

    • SJ says:

      Virtue signalling about environmental waste on a blog about…grinding airmiles. Chapeau!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      In reality its probably the least sad thing that goes on with the readers/commentators on this site …

  • pauldb says:

    Even my Tesco credit card is black now (along with 4 others). Maybe they could have come up with something different.

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