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News: Border Force strike suspended, new targetted BA American Express spend offer

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News in brief:

Border Force strike action this week suspended

The threatend strike by Border Force officers at Heathrow this week has been suspended. The Public and Commercial Services Union has agreed to further talks with the Home Office.

Over 600 Border Force officials were planning to strike from 11th to 14th April.

Further talks on a proposed new rostering system will now take place. The union was concerned that staff with disabilities or caring responsibilities would be forced to quit their jobs over a lack of flexibility.

Border Force strikes action this week suspended

New British Airways American Express spend offer launched

A new spend offer has appeared on British Airways American Express Premium Plus cards.

My wife and I both have this although it is unclear how widespread it is. If it makes a difference, both of our cards have already triggered their 2-4-1 companion vouchers for the year and the cards are seeing little use.

We are offered 1,000 bonus Avios for spending £2,500+ on the card by 5th July. This can be done twice.

New BA Amex spend offer launched

There is one snag. There is an implication that the £2,500 must be done in one transaction. There is no mention of cumulative spend and the wording of ‘spend £2,500 or more up to two times’ also implies that it must be £2,500 in one shot.

I find it hard to believe that Amex is actually offering you a promo where you need to spend £2,500 in one go, but it isn’t clear.

You need to opt in to this offer, if you have it, via the ‘Offers’ tab of the Amex app or website.

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Comments (62)

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  • Ricardos-Alpert says:

    Nothing on my BAPP. I’ve also achieved companion voucher for the year.

    Is there anyway to check progress for the tier point offer? Pretty sure I’ve passed 25k but only received 100 tier points so far.

    • Daniel says:

      Wondering the same thing re tier points – waiting for my first 100 TP. As I understand it if you look at the earnings tracker they should show up there somewhere…

      No offer on my card either but then I’m spending heavily to hit tier point targets so I’m not surprised.

    • Sarah says:

      I used the chat function on the Amex site to ask them about it and they were able to give a breakdown of my progress

  • Dave Barron says:

    Nothing on my BA card but I’ve just got the free version these days. However am pleased to advise this morning I do have a Hilton offer which is spend £200 get £50 back by 1st July at majority of UK and European hotels (perfect timing for me).

  • PB2 says:

    I’ve got “Spend £3,000 or more, collect 1,500 Avios up to 2 times“ on the BAPP.

  • James says:

    I’ve had a spend £200 get £50 back at Hilton appear on my Platinum card. Maybe the hotel offers are coming back?

  • t0m says:

    Nothing on my BAPP, but I do have this:

    Save to Card and for every spend of £1+ in-store at Marie Curie, Shelter or Sue Ryder by 28/5/2024, American Express will match the spend with a donation to the charity, up to a total value of £5,000 per charity across all enrolled Cardmembers.


  • jub says:

    Also received a “Spend £3,000 or more, collect 1,500 Avios up to 2 times“ on the BAPP.”

    I read it as a cumulative £3000 as the offer states “with eligible spend of £3,000+” rather than “with “an” eligible spend of £3,000+” although it is slightly ambiguously worded.

    Although the offer says “spend of £3,000+ anywhere” T & Cs limit it to “only applies to spend made in Great British Pound (GBP) on the Card to which the offer is saved.” whereas the Hilton offer T & Cs use the phrase “settled in Great British Pound (GBP)” so non sterling spend seems excluded as is spend through “payment facilitators”.

    • John says:

      There haven’t been any issues with past iterations of the Hilton offer in Europe or at hotels using payment facilitators.

  • Martin says:

    Hilton Offer, gives a list of participating hotels incl sone in Europe.
    Cardmember will be charged a non-Sterling transaction fee of 2.99% for transactions made in a currency other than Great British Pound (GBP).The Fee does not count towards the offer

    • NicktheGreek says:

      Spend £200 get £50 back at Hilton properties. On the Platinum and supp Platinum, but not on Gold, Marriott (duh) or BA premium.

    • Stuart says:

      Not as many hotels as usual on it. I’m off to Prague soon and it was on last time but not this time.

      • Alex G says:

        I see the “Hilton Brighton Metropole” is on the list!

        • Rob says:

          I’m there in two weeks (as a DT) – may need to upgrade my room or go crazy in the bar as I think I’m spending around £150 at present!

  • lev441 says:

    Nothing on mine or other half’s BAPP

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