THE BA AMEX PREMIUM PLUS
This is my review of the British Airways American Express Premium Plus credit card (BA Premium Plus Amex).
The British Airways American Express Premium Plus card is issued directly by American Express. You can hold up to 2 charge cards and 2 credit cards which have been issued by American Express at anyone time, although this doesn’t include Amex cards which I provided by the likes Lloyds, TSB or Barclays.
I’d recommend checking your credit rating before applying for a new card. Generally you should have a rating in excess of 700+. Click here for a free Equifax credit report and score. It’s free for the first 30 days and then £14.95 per month afterwards (make sure you cancel in the first 30 days!).
The annual fee for the BA Amex Premium Plus card is £195.
THE SIGN UP BONUS FOR THE BA AMEX PREMIUM PLUS
The British Airways American Express Premium Plus credit card offers 25,000 Avios points when you spend £3,000 in your first three months.
Membership reward points can be directly converted to Avios and a number of other partners.
You can get a higher bonus of 26,000 miles if I refer you. Just send me an email at Ben (at) thriftypence.com, and I’ll send through a link.
WHAT ARE THE OTHER BENEFITS OF THE BA AMEX PREMIUM PLUS?
One of the most enticing elements of this card is the 2-4-1 BA voucher when you spend £10,000. This allows you to book two Avios redemption flights for the miles of one and is extremely valuable if used for long haul business redemptions. If you were to use these for say 2 Club World flights to say Barbados on a peak day, this would save you 150,000 Avios points. That could be you at the Sandy Lane Hotel Barbados below.
Earn 1.5 Avios point for virtually every £1 spent on the card. These can be applied to the 26,000 sign up bonus and will help you reach those further away destinations. You receive double Avios (3 per £1) when you book flights or holidays directly through British Airways.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BA AMEX PREMIUM PLUS?
American Express no longer has a minimum income requirement for the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card.
You cannot receive the sign up bonus if you have had a BA Amex or BA Amex Premium Plus card in the last 6 months. This does not apply to a Platinum Cashback Card, Amex Gold Card or any Amex issued by MBNA, Lloyds, Barclays.
BA AMERICAN EXPRESS PREMIUM PLUS SUMMARY
The sign up bonus of 25,000 airmiles is a big bonus for this card, however the biggest benefit lies in the redemption of the 2-4-1 voucher. To obtain the voucher £10,000 most be spent in the first anniversary year of the card. The card also has a higher than average earnings bonus, with 1.5 miles per £1 spent. If you are unable to spend the £10,000 per annum on the card, I’d suggest that the free (for 12 months) American Express Gold Card is better (find my review here). However for the larger spenders this card offers great value for money, in fact the best value for money. I’ve recently booked two return first class tickets from London to Sao Paulo using my 2-4-1 voucher. Watch this space for a full review coming shortly!
I hope you’ve found the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card review useful and as always please do comment if you have any queries. Please do share this post if you think friends would be interested.
A link to the application form for the free BA Premium Plus Amex Card can be found here.