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Get £5 off £50 BP spend with Amex – and how to convert BPme Rewards points to Avios

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BP and American Express have been running a new cashback promotion for the last couple of weeks. You still have a week to take advantage.

It’s not hugely generous but, if you drive, it’s basically free money and you can get some Avios on top via BPme Rewards.

We haven’t looked at BPme Rewards for a while, so I thought this was also a good excuse to run over the details again.

Convert BPme Rewards points into Avios

What is the BP / American Express offer?

If targetted, you will receive £5 cashback when you spend £50 at a BP garage by 8th December.

You need to look in the ‘Offers’ tab online or in the Amex app for each American Express card you hold. You need to click ‘save to card’ to register.

With only 15,000 cardholders being allowed to register, the offer does not seem to have been made very widely available. It never appeared across any cards in my family although – as we don’t have a car – this isn’t hugely surprising. Amex is presumably showing it to people who have used competing fuel brands.

Convert BPme Rewards points into Avios

How do you join BPme Rewards?

For the benefit of those who are new to BPme Rewards, this is how the scheme – and the Avios partnership – works.

The BPme Rewards website is here.

It’s worth noting that there is a 500 points bonus for registering.

You cannot register on the website without first visiting a BP garage. You need to pick up a temporary card and then register online using the number on the card.

However, you CAN register instantly by downloading the BPme app to your smartphone. You receive the 500 points instantly.

Earning BPme Rewards

How do you earn BPme Rewards points?

The programme is easy to understand, which is good. Unfortunately, it isn’t exceptionally generous.

The ‘earning’ page of the website is here. You earn:

  • 1 point for every litre of regular fuel purchased
  • 2 points for every litre of Ultimate fuel purchased
  • 1 point for every £1 spent in a BP forecourt shop

Some, but not all, fuel cards are exempt from points earning. You cannot earn in the shop if it is run by a major national brand eg Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons etc.

1 point is worth 0.5p if converted to cash, or slightly more if moved to Avios.

Is this a generous return on my spending?

No.

A typical litre of unleaded fuel in the UK costs around 160p. Assuming your local BP is charging this, you are getting a return of just (0.5p / 160p) 0.31% of your spending.

With the best will in the world, no-one gets excited about a 0.31% return on their spending.

In a BP forecourt store, you are getting a return of 0.5% on your groceries based on one point per £1.

Not only are the rewards poor but there is no gamification element. It has the same structural issue as Nectar. Your points are worth the same irrespective of how many you have, and irrespective of where you use them.

The only gamification is via the occasional special offers that BPme Rewards will email to you, or show you in the app, in return for making a particular transaction in the following days.

As with Nectar, converting your BPme Rewards points to Avios is arguably the best way of maximising value from them.

BPme Rewards and Avios

BPme Rewards and Avios

How many Avios do I get for my BPme Rewards points?

The conversion rate is 25 Avios for every 40 BPme Rewards points you convert.

BA was offering a bonus of 50 Avios on your first conversion but I can no longer find any reference to this.

How does this compare to taking cash rewards?

The standard reward deal is 200 BPme Rewards = £1.

You can use your points to pay for fuel, car washes or BP store purchases, or redeem them for gift vouchers for retailers such as Amazon. You get the same 0.5p per point irrespective.

Which is the better deal – Avios or cash?

200 BPme Rewards will get you £1 or 125 Avios.

The means that you are ‘paying’ 0.8p per Avios compared to taking a fuel discount.

This is a good deal.

My conservative spreadsheet of the value I have got from the 8+ million Avios I have spent since 2013 gets me just over 1.2p per point. It is very rare that you can pick up Avios for less than 0.8p each.

Can I set up auto-conversion?

Yes.

You can arrange a monthly auto-conversion of your BPme Rewards points to Avios. They will be moved across in chunks of 40 BPme Rewards points.

Can I convert in the other direction, from Avios to BPme Rewards?

No.

Convert BPme Rewards points into Avios

Is there a bonus for making my first transfer?

Not at present. The occasional bonus has been offered since the Avios partnership launched.

Can I sign up to BPme Rewards, get the instant 500 points for registering and move them to Avios without going near a garage?

No.

You need to spend £1 at a BP garage to activate your BPme Rewards account to allow Avios transfers.

The upside is that BPme Rewards points post INSTANTLY – literally as soon as you have paid – so once you have spent your £1 you can immediately move your sign-up bonus points across to Avios.

Conclusion

If you’ve not joined BPme Rewards yet, you may want to consider joining up this month and taking advantage of the Amex £5 cashback deal at the same time, if targetted.

You can find out more on the BPme Rewards website here and at ba.com here.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

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 unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

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

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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

Comments (24)

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  • Joan says:

    OT but did anyone get the free 250 avios for linking to Uber ? I didn’t

  • Doommonger says:

    No one in their right mind would buy fuel at Shell/BP/Esso/Texaco etc, the supermarkets are all cheaper, also Nectar Points at Sainsburys and virgin Clubcard points at Tesco. I paid £1.45 per litre at Costco Watford.

    • Peter K says:

      All the nearest supermarket petrol stations are about 10p a litre more than my local shell garage!

    • Max says:

      It used to be cheaper at supermarkets but this has changed in the past few months in my area. The price have been same or cheapter at some Esso stations.

      • Pablo says:

        That’s true. Supermarkets no longer cheaper. I now refuel at a small independent garage in a village on the way to work.

        • Rob says:

          Plenty of press coverage of this. Since Asda and Morrisons got taken over in private equity backed deals, they have stopped using petrol as a loss leader and are now running it commercially. Tesco and the others have followed, because why not? They are relying on people still assuming that the supermarkets are cheaper and not bothering to compare.

        • Owen Rudge says:

          Yep, cheapest in my area now is an unbranded independent (168.9p for diesel), then independently-owned BP, Esso, Shell and Gulf stations. The cheapest supermarket is 6p more than them, and the rest of the supermarkets are 14-18p more!

          • Nihal says:

            Well yeah – all that is also true in our area – but you haven’t factored in getting a 15-20% discount at Morrisons PFS. (Amex/ Virgin/ Monese.) Some add on Airtime. And reports of even doing better than tripling up!

            Morrisons still cheapest by far, all taken into account.

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    Nothing for me and im at Tesco fuel regularly and sometimes Costco too.

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