British Airways American Express cards

The British Airways American Express cards are hugely popular with our readers. The main attraction is the 2-4-1 voucher for Avios redemptions which you receive when you hit the relevant spending target.


Our main review of the free card is here and our review of the Premium Plus card with the £195 fee is here. You can learn more and apply for the cards via the Amex website.

News: Get American Express cashback at Selfridges, no more Virgin Flying Club miles from international money transfers

News in brief: American Express launches Selfridges discounts Two Selfridges cashback deals have launched across American Express cards.   These codes are marked as online only, so they are unlikely to work instore when it reopens.  You also cannot order a gift card online because, I […]

REVIEW: Is BA Accelerating Business Amex or Capital On Tap Business Rewards the best Avios credit card?

Which is the best credit card to earn Avios from spending by your small business? There are four contenders: Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa (£105, convertible to 10,500 Avios, bonus) British Airways Accelerating Business American Express (2,200 On Business points bonus) American Express Business […]

American Express sets 30th June deadline if you want six months to earn your sign-up bonus

American Express recently extended the qualifying period to earn a sign-up bonus on its cards to SIX MONTHS. This was a sensible move.  Even people with good salaries may struggle to spend £3,000 to £4,000 within three months at the moment.  Increasing the spend period […]

American Express gives you SIX months to hit your qualifying bonus sign-up spend – is now a good time to apply?

American Express has finally bowed to pressure, including from us, and extended the qualifying period to earn a sign-up bonus on its cards to SIX MONTHS. This means, if you apply today, you would have until early November to hit the spending target. This rule […]

How does the British Airways American Express companion voucher work?

How does the British Airways American Express companion voucher work?  I get a lot of emails about how to use your BA companion voucher properly, so I thought I would pull together everything I have learned in one article. Remember that the two British Airways American […]

Having trouble with a refund? Here’s how to dispute a charge with Amex under Section 75.

If you’ve been reading the Head for Points comments section, you will know that many readers have been discussing how ‘Section 75’ can help get them refunds from airlines or hotel groups which are not rushing to return their money. What is Section 75? ‘Section […]

Got the free BA Amex card? Learn how to reduce your £20k 2-4-1 target to £10k and why you should drop it entirely

We ran an article yesterday to explain how American Express treats refunds made to your card.  As I pointed out, a refund counts against your annual spend if you are trying to earn an annual bonus. In my case, for example, the £2,000 refund I […]

Expecting a flight refund to your American Express card? Here’s how it impacts your next BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher or spend bonus.

It says a lot about the spending and travel habits of Head for Points readers that I think I can safely say, without fear of contradiction, that at least 50% of our readers will currently be expecting an American Express refund for a cancelled flight. […]

How to earn and redeem your British Airways American Express (BA Amex) 2-4-1 companion voucher (Avios Redemption University, Lesson 6)

This article explains how to make best use of the 2-4-1 companion voucher that comes with the British Airways American Express credit card. The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from it.  Click here […]

Amex USA extends the sign-up bonus spend period by 3 months – will the UK follow?

In the last few weeks we have had a constant stream of emails asking us if American Express is offering any help to people struggling to hit their sign-up bonus spend threshold. This is often £3,000 to £4,000 within the first three months of holding […]

Advertising Standards Authority finds against American Express and British Airways over the ‘2-4-1’ Avios voucher

The Advertising Standards Authority has decided that British Airways and American Express have been misleading in their promotion of the British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher. I can see the point.  If you read Head for Points then you implicitly understand that the 2-4-1 voucher […]

Get £5 American Express cashback on £30 spend at Marks & Spencer

A new American Express cashback offer may be showing on some, all or none of your cards.  You need to look under the ‘Offers’ tab on the online statement page for every card you hold. You will receive £5 cashback when you spend £30 at […]

New British Airways American Express 2-4-1 Avios companion vouchers are NOT being extended

EDIT:  British Airways has now told us that all 2-4-1 vouchers earned by 30th June 2020 will be extended by six months at some point On Monday we were the first to highlight the six-month extension given to all outstanding British Airways American Express 2-4-1 […]

All British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers have been extended by six months

Finally! With absolutely zero fanfare – in fact, with no notification of any sort – all British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers have been extended by six months. Here is a screenshot from my account to prove it: Note that my vouchers were issued […]

What will British Airways do about status extensions and expiring BA American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers?

One of our other articles today looks at the new Virgin Atlantic policy for extending your Virgin Flying Club status and vouchers due to coronavirus – read here. We have, unsurprisingly, had a lof of emails and discussion in our comments section about what is […]

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