British Airways American Express Premium Plus Review January 2020
Earn Avios while you spend with the most rewarding credit card from British Airways and American Express.
If you’re a frequent flier with BA, then depending on how you use the card you could reap a wide range of benefits – which you’ll need to weigh up against the high representative APR and an annual fee.
You say: ★★★★★We say: ★★★★★
Doing its job: 5/5
In a nutshell:
Yearly account fee
Up to 25,000 points
Earn 1.5 points
per £1 spent
|Rep. APR||76% (variable)|
|Annual/monthly fees||£195 per annum|
|Incentive||25,000 Avios when you spend £3K within 3 months of account opening. Earn 3 Avios for virtually every £1 spent directly with BA, and 1.5 Avios for virtually every £1 spent everywhere else. Spend £10K in 12 months to redeem the Avios for a companion ticket on a BA flight. Earn up to 90,000 bonus Avios points per calendar year, 9,000 points per friends/family that uses Referral Programme and successfully apply for an American Express card (Excl. Basic card).|
|Additional Rewards Info||Refund Protection (90 days to return, receive max £300 per item, £1K per year). Automatic enrolment to the British Airways Executive Club. Access to tickets for must-see music, theatre and film events, often before they go on sale to the general public with American Express Experiences. Global Assist - 24/7 help available when travelling outside the UK. Eligible for American Express Offers where cardmembers can choose offers from selected retailers to obtain discounts or cashback.|
|Purchases interest-free period (days)||56|
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You can earn Avios points with a handful of UK credit cards, but this is the most generous of the bunch, with the biggest welcome bonus (don’t forget that those bonuses tend to come with a minimum-spend string attached) and the best ongoing Avios earn-rate.
Which frequent flyer card is most suitable for you will depend on your circumstances and how you plan to use the card – with each card having its own specific features – like annual fees, interest rates, Avios earn rates, introductory bonuses etc. Try to calculate how much you’ll spend on your card each month, to see whether it’s worth opting for this card’s little sister – thereby ditching the annual fee in return for a slightly reduced earn-rate.
Crucially, if you’re likely to carry a balance from month to month, you’ll almost certainly pay more in interest than you’ll earn in rewards with this card.
If you’re a master of persuasion, don’t forget that there are tasty points rewards to be had when you sign-up a friend or family member too!
How does this card compare with other Avios-earning cards on the market?
When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0800 917 8020), or alternatively set up a direct debit. A direct debit is a great idea because it protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee or losing any promotional rates as a result. You can arrange a direct debit for repayments when you apply for the credit card. The table below shows the options available.
Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:
|Minimum amount||Fixed amount||Fixed percentage||Full amount|
How to apply for the British Airways American Express Premium Plus
If you’ve been won over by this rewarding Avios card and want to apply, just click on the “Go to Site” button and you’ll be taken to a secure application form. This takes about 15 minutes to complete. Before you apply, check that you meet the eligibility requirements and have the information and documents you’ll need to make the process as straightforward as possible.