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  • JR1987

    Hi guys.

    My companion voucher Avios collection year end is coming up on my BA amex in mid Feb and im about to take it over the threshold of 10k required, however I want to use this on a Club World flight.

    Is it still possible to upgrade from the free card to premium and then when the 10k mark is met recieve a companion voucher that is able to be used in premium cabins?

    Thanks.

    Hi JR,

    I certainly hope that it is possible and I expect it to happen as I’ve just upgraded a free card to PP. My wife and I, on separate BAPP cards earned 2 x 241 vouchers last year and I downgraded on the anniversary of the cards. I didn’t expect to whizz through the spending in 3 months but I’ve stopped spending on the card at £9980 so I don’t trigger just yet. The upgrade took a day, with the same account login details and card number. The card came in 3 days.

    Guernsey Globetrotter

    Hi Weeble – that’s interesting – did you complete your upgrade via Amex Chat or through their webform application? I ask because there have been a few on here recently saying that Chat told them upgrades were no longer possible…

    jayjay

    Hi Weeble – that’s interesting – did you complete your upgrade via Amex Chat or through their webform application? I ask because there have been a few on here recently saying that Chat told them upgrades were no longer possible…

    Strange, I managed to do this by simply applying for the BA Premium Plus on the website. Amex detect you have the free one and upgrade it directly, although this was years ago so I’m not sure about this not being possible anymore.

    FFoxSake

    There is also an upgrade URL to go from free BA to BAPP…
    https://www.americanexpress.com/uk/benefits/upgrade/ba-premium-plus-credit-card/

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    oxonboy

    I’ve just tried to upgrade to BAPP as I’m near £10k spend on my blue card (having downgraded last year) and got the ‘computer says no’ response from an Amex Customer Service agent. Followed the link provided by FFoxSake and bingo, I’ve been upgraded…. at least that’s what it said on the screen. Waiting for the confirmation email and new cards before I carry on spending on the card.

    cska

    I’ve just tried to upgrade to BAPP as I’m near £10k spend on my blue card (having downgraded last year) and got the ‘computer says no’ response from an Amex Customer Service agent. Followed the link provided by FFoxSake and bingo, I’ve been upgraded…. at least that’s what it said on the screen. Waiting for the confirmation email and new cards before I carry on spending on the card.

    Do you have an update on this, were you able to do it successfully? Thanks

    RupyS

    I’ve just tried to upgrade to BAPP as I’m near £10k spend on my blue card (having downgraded last year) and got the ‘computer says no’ response from an Amex Customer Service agent. Followed the link provided by FFoxSake and bingo, I’ve been upgraded…. at least that’s what it said on the screen. Waiting for the confirmation email and new cards before I carry on spending on the card.

    Grateful also for an update.

    I’ve just tried to upgrade my blue to a PP and it was refused on the phone. This has never happened before, seems Amex are tightening up their policies regarding it. Although, I find it a little crazy: I held a PP for over a year and switched away from the PP due to decreased spend because of Covid. I’m now spending more, so I’m happy to pay the £250 p/a for the added benefits – but Amex won’t let me..!

    jazzyb88

    I also tried to upgrade to the BAPP from blue over the phone and was met with a no response. I have clicked the link and the upgrade went through, will let you know if I get the voucher too as my card anniversary was the end of the month.

    billywiz92

    Hi, does anyone have an upgrade on whether you keep your progress towards the companion ticket if you upgrade? TIA!

    Guernsey Globetrotter

    Hi, does anyone have an upgrade on whether you keep your progress towards the companion ticket if you upgrade? TIA!

    Hi – I did this back in April using the link above and my spend progress of £9k+ was retained. I went on to hit the £10k BAPP limit in May, received the premium voucher in my BA account and then cancelled via chat (could probably have downgraded again but wanted to start a 2 year break from personal Amex cards). I was refunded all but £22.61 of the £250 annual fee, which I was more than happy to pay for the superior extended voucher 🙂

    yogibear14

    Hi guys, if the card anniversary date is January 2022. Started with BA amex premium plus, got the companion voucher and we’ve downgraded it to the free one as went to platinum. If we want to upgrade it again, will the count for new companion voucher start on January 2023?

    BuildBackBetter

    Hi guys, if the card anniversary date is January 2022. Started with BA amex premium plus, got the companion voucher and we’ve downgraded it to the free one as went to platinum. If we want to upgrade it again, will the count for new companion voucher start on January 2023?

    Yep, anniversary date remains same as long as you haven’t cancelled.

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