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Two new American Express deals – 1000 Avios on £500 BA spend and £300 off Qatar Airways

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Two new American Express cashback flight offers have appeared which are worth a look.

As usual, you need to see if you are targetted for these promotions by looking at the ‘Offers’ tab online or in the Amex app for each American Express card you hold. You must click ‘Save to Card’ to activate the offer.

American Express cashback flight deals

A British Airways deal

First is a British Airways deal which is only available to British Airways Premium Plus American Express (EDIT: and apparently BA Amex) cardholders.

You’re looking for this:

British Airways American Express cashback offer

You will receive 1,000 Avios when you spend £500 at ba.com by 28th February. It is valid up to FIVE times.

I’m not sure BA has thought this through. When you book flights at ba.com, each ticket is charged separately to your credit card. This means that, if you book 4 x £500 tickets for your family, it should – in theory – trigger 4 x 1,000 Avios. Was this the plan?

There are no rules about booking certain ticket classes. All flights must depart from the UK.

I imagine that Avios redemption taxes and charges will trigger the bonus IF each ticket has charges of £500+. The offer is NOT cumulative and, as BA will split out individual tickets on your statement, you are unlikely to get anything if you book two tickets with taxes and charges of £350.

Here’s the weird bit. The rules say:

Phone & Mobile transactions are excluded from this Offer.

What does this mean? Are bookings via the BA app blocked? Or does it mean you can’t use Apple Pay? I mean …. if you go onto your mobile browser to visit ba.com, BA will treat the purchase in exactly the same way as a purchase on a desktop browswer. It’s all very odd.

Whilst, officially, payments to BA Holidays are not part of this deal, I suspect that they will trigger the bonus. If you are paying off a BA Holidays package in instalments you may want to break each down into £500 chunks.

Qatar Airways American Express cashback offer

A Qatar Airways deal

Second up is Qatar Airways.

You are looking for this offer:

Qatar Airways American Express cashback offer

You will receive £300 cashback when you spend £2,000 on Qatar Airways flights by 10th March 2023. For obvious reasons you probably won’t find this on BA Amex cards.

There are a couple of points to note:

  • cumulative spend counts – this is good news if you book tickets for multiple people if they end up being charged separately to your statement, or if you book more than one flight for yourself
  • there is no restriction on travel classes
  • you must depart from the UK

I would guess that if you book Avios redemptions via qatarairways.com then it would also trigger the cashback if the taxes and charges were above £2,000. However, you are trading off the fact that cancellations, changes etc to the ticket would need to be done via Qatar Airways and not British Airways – which may not be as simple – and you need to move your Avios across to Qatar Airways (instructions here).

If you want to look at the current Qatar Airways sale deals, the offers page is here.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – February 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

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.

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

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:

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

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 (73)

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  • NorthernLass says:

    I’m currently in credit on one of our BAPPs so booked our Dubai accommodation as a BA holiday and will pay off as 3 x just over £500.

    • Yorkshire rich says:

      Were you staying and when? BA holidays are extremely competitive at the minute

      • NorthernLass says:

        Grosvenor House in December.

        • HBommie says:

          Been there, its a nice place. I’m sure you’ve checked it out but the dine around HB is very good.

          Is BA better than Emirates price wise?

          • Yorkshire rich says:

            When I looked for this April it was very similar. Nothing in it at all. In the end I decided to go direct with the hotel, and use my old companion voucher with BA.

  • Dee says:

    I actually have the BA AMEX free card and was offered the 1000 avios for £500 BA spend so it looks like it’s not just for the premium card

  • Helen says:

    I received the Qatar deal on Platinum Business card.

  • Greg says:

    While I appreciate there are folk who book many more flights with cash than me, 1000 avios is worth around £10.

    £10 off £500, £10 off £750. £10 off £900 spend doesn’t seem like mush of an offer to me – but better than a poke in the eye with a stick I guess.

    • Andrew J says:

      Agree it’s not the kind of offer that encourages you to book something you wouldn’t, but if you were booking anyway or if you have a holidays balance to pay off, you’re few quid better off.

  • Ryan says:

    Just to clarify – you DO NOT need to move your Avios over to Privilege Club to redeem. That may have previously been the case, but now you simply need to have the accounts linked. A Qatar redemption will happily take the Avios from your ‘BA Account’

  • Tony says:

    Does anyone know when/how the bonus is triggered? It is at the point of transaction which shows as “Pending”, or is it when the payment shows on “Recent Transactions”. Reason for asking is I paid £600 to BA yesterday morning, (which shows as pending on my card), and an hour later I spotted and activated this offer.

    • Rob says:

      Gut feeling is that as soon as it shows as Pending it is locked. This is because, on the rare occasion Amex emails you to say you’ve triggered an offer, it is at the point of purchase and not the point of it clearing.

  • Donald Watt says:

    Got 5 x 1000 points paying a holiday in chunks

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