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Astonishing 70,000 Avios sign-up bonus for the British Airways Premium Plus American Express!

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I’ve never seen anything like it. British Airways has just launched an exclusive 70,000 Avios sign-up bonus for the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card.

This is, frankly, shocking. I’ve never seen anything like it in all these years.

Just as surprising is a sign-up bonus of 20,000 Avios on the free British Airways American Express card.

70,000 Avios British Airways Premium Plus American Express card

Here is the legally required interest rate information on the two cards:

British Airways American Express: reprsentative 28.1% APR variable

British Airways Premium Plus American Express: representative 107.7% APR variable including the annual fee based on a notional £1200 credit card, representative 28.1% APR variable on purchases

Yesterday we wrote about a new ‘open to all’ bonus of 35,000 Avios for the British Airways Premium Plus card. There was no special bonus launched on the free card.

I need to stress that we were not told in advance about this (far) better exclusive deal. American Express had provided us with details of the 35,000 Avios offer but nothing else. There was even a formal press release circulated to the media on the 35,000 Avios deal on Tuesday evening. No-one bothered to mention that a much better offer was available.

Full details are on this page on the BA website. You must be logged in to see it.

This is what the BA website shows when logged in. You can see this under ‘Avios credit cards’ on the home page:

Get a limited time 70,000 Avios sign-up bonus!

For British Airways Premium Plus, if you sign up by 21st February, you can earn a sign-up bonus of 70,000 Avios when you spend £3,000 in the first three months.

I cannot stress how crazy this offer is. If ANY member of your family qualifies for this bonus, I would persuade them to jump in.

What is even more impressive is that the spending requirement is unchanged. You only need to spend the usual £3,000.

What are 70,000 Avios worth?

This is our main article on what Avios points are worth. We generally say that you should expect at least 1p when used for premium cabin flights.

However, even in the worst possible scenario – that you convert to Nectar points and spend them in Sainsburys, at Argos or at – your 70,000 Avios are worth £467 of Nectar credit. Not bad for a sign-up bonus …..

20,000 avios free british airways american express credit card

Do you qualify for the 70,000 Avios bonus?

Remember that you are only eligible for the sign-up bonus on the Premium Plus card if you have NOT held a British Airways American Express (free or Premium Plus) card in the past 24 months.

You ARE eligible if you currently or have held The Platinum Card, Preferred Rewards Gold card, Green card, Nectar card, Platinum Cashback cards, Marriott Bonvoy card, American Express Rewards Credit Card, Business Platinum or Business Gold cards.

You ARE eligible if you are currently a supplementary cardholder on a British Airways American Express card held by someone else, but have not held a card in your own name in the past 24 months.

The bottom line is that if you haven’t had either of the British Airways American Express cards in the past 24 months, you will qualify for the 70,000 Avios.

What about the free British Airways American Express card?

Clearly 20,000 Avios on the free card – requiring a spend of £1,000 in three months – is also exceptional.

However, with a 70,000 Avios bonus on the table with the Premium Plus card, I don’t see why you would want to bother with the free card unless the £3,000 spend target is a problem.

Note that the rules for getting the bonus on the free card are tougher than on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express. The rule is that you cannot have had ANY personal American Express cards in the past 24 months.

The Premium Plus card has far looser rules – you only need to have gone 24 months without any British Airways American Express card.


I have no idea why British Airways has decided to offer such a ludicrously generous offer but only tell people about it via its own website.

The offer runs to 21st February. I strongly recommend you jump in if you can.

The application page is on the BA website here.

If you want to know, we did an article on the core benefits of the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card here. If you don’t want to pay an annual fee, a similar article on the benefits of the free British Airways American Express card is here.

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

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

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

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.

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 unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus 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:

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) and free for a year Read our full review

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

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 (3% for 3 months if you apply by 31st March) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (567)

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  • Tom says:

    How long does it take for Amex to transfer the avios across to your Avios account once you hit the spend threshold?

  • Lewis says:

    My other half applied for this and at the time the link here was directing to Amex although still displaying 70000 avios points. For caution she signed up to BA executive club first and took a screenshot of the referenced offer displaying 70000.

    Annoyingly, the progress bar shows 35000, live chat have been about as useful as a chocolate teapot, and the offer is no longer showing on the Amex website

    Anyone else had such issues?

    • Rob says:

      Do the qualifying spend and see what happens. Don’t waste time faffing about with it now.

  • Matt says:


    Any suggestions here? I applied when your article linked directly to AMEX

    My trackers show the 35,000 bonus. Having spoken to Amex they are outright refusing to honour the 70,000 offer despite showing them screenshots of their website offering the 70,000 points.

    Can you help? Surely this is false advertising

    • Rob says:

      Do the spend and see what posts. If it posts wrong we can point you at the right people.

    • Lewis says:

      I have the same issue – the fact that the amex page now shows 35 is surely an admission that they made a mistake.

      I’m not sure we would have bothered with the original offer along for half as much Avios bonus so keen to resolve this sooner rather than later.

      • Matt says:

        It’s technically still live but on a very specific link. Presuming I can’t post it here. Would be interested to know why HFP felt they needed to change it to a BA web page rather than the AMEX one.

        I’ve been on the phone to Amex back and forward today and they’ve as good as called me a liar saying that I can’t possibly be seeing 70,000 points on their website (which I can). Very frustrating.

        Same boat as you, I definitely wouldn’t have taken out the card if it were for 35,000 points

        • Rob says:

          It was originally pointing to BA as anyone who got the emailed version can confirm. We swapped it when a reader found the direct link and swapped it back at the first report of issues.

        • Lewis says:

          Is there a complaints process to follow? As you say it literally is false advertising so I wonder whether it is worth reporting to trading standards/appropriate vehicle if they don’t honour something we literally have screenshots of.

          • Rob says:

            Chill. Do the spend, see what posts and if its wrong we’ll point you to the right people.

        • soneillirl says:

          I had the same experience. Went onto live chat last week, got the runaround from them. Said that the offer was only available on the BA website, so I couldn’t possibly have availed of it the way I claimed, and ‘sincere apologies for the inconvenience’ (I think this is help desk terminology for PFO).

          Then I telephone spoke with someone who at least listened. I told him I had followed the link from the HFP website. He sent me a link to document centre where I uploaded a screenshot of the offer which showed 70k avios bonus, but that approach appears to have been filed in the inconvenience folder too.

          Will be good to see what happens when someone hits the £3k mark.

          • Charlie says:


            I had this problem. I have done the spend and it posted only 35,000 bonus despite using the correct link. Chat and phone centre giving me run around – saying I applied on the 10th not 11th, which is why my bonus is down. This cannot be true because on the 10th the bonus was only 25k, so how could I get 35k if I applied on the 10th?

            Any ideas on who to contact?


          • Rob says:

            I will get Sinead to discuss with Amex on Monday when she’s back.

    • Arno says:

      Same thing happened to me. Called both BA and Amex and neither want to help

      • Michael says:

        My partner, a new convert to the points world, applied using the link from here and has just been awarded 35k. Amex chat are giving the runaround and saying that it’s BA’s offer and that he needs to contact BA for the points.

        He has just emailed BAEC, for all the good that is likely to do (they are still refusing to refund me a POUG for a cancellation resulting in downgrade back in June).

        Is there anything else can be done for those who took up this offer in good faith and have been shortchanged by Amex?

  • Samra says:

    I am thinking about trying 20000 avios offer, never had credit card and not having big spend either (£3000 too much in 3 months)
    Can anybody confirm from what I understood

    1- Once I spend £1000 in first three months, 20000 avios will be transferred to my linked BAEC end of the third month?
    2- Each transaction done with BA AMEX will be tracked on the BAEC account and AMEX account?
    3- The card can be cancelled anytime after avios transfer?

    Is there any other financial liability in the first year? Thanks

  • Ryan1 says:

    Been quite simple. Applied, card arrived within 3days.
    *Activated. Then spent £3000 on a bill
    *Bill took 48hrs to debit the card
    *By 7am the next morning, my 74,000pts were issued
    *Contacted AMEX to downgrade to the free card which took 10mins + they said I wouldn’t have to pay any of the £250 fee as I was within the 14 day cooling off period
    *Free card arrived the following day & I paid off my AMEX balance.

    Now I’m just waiting for AMEX to transfer my points to BA and I can close the account.

  • Omar says:

    Again a newbie question but say I had 180,000 Avios points and 2 companion vouchers and we are a family of 2 adults and 3 kids – what kind of flight could we realistically get that would be value for money?

  • Sajida says:

    I want to go for 20000 avios offer but I read on moneysavingexpert that only 5000 avios is showing for a person who signed directly on BA website on offer link, anyone here who availed the 20000 avios offer and got it after £1000 spend?

    • Rob says:

      It’s not unusual for the Amex website to show standard bonuses. The correct one usually posts.

  • Dagmar says:

    I recently applied for the card, received it and started spending. The card is visible in the Amex app but no offers yet. How long does it usually take for offers to appear? Thanks!

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