British Airways American Express Premium Plus Review November 2019

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.

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 76% APR (variable).

76%

Representative APR

£195

Yearly account fee

Up to 25,000 points

Intro bonus

Earn 1.5 points

per £1 spent

Details

IssuerAmerican Express
NetworkAmex
Rep. APR76% p.a. (variable)
Annual/monthly fees£195 per annum
Loyalty schemeAvios
Incentive25,000 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 InfoRefund 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.
Purchases22.9%
Purchases interest-free period (days)56

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Expert review

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?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Updated November 14th, 2019
Name Product Max. intro bonus Earn-rate with brand Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.9% p.a. (variable)
5,000 Avios when you spend £1,000 within 3 months of account opening. Earn 1 Avios for virtually every £1 spent. Spend £20K in 12 months and get 2 for 1 travel when redeeming Avios for a BA reward flight. Earn up to 90,000 bonus Avios points per calendar year, 4,000 points per friend/family member that successfully applies for an American Express card (Excl. Basic card) and uses the Referral Programme.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
25,000 points
3 points per £1 spent
1.5 points per £1 spent
£195 per annum
76% p.a. (variable)
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).
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 76% APR (variable).
5,000 points
1.5 points per £1 spent
1 point per £1.33 spent
£0
22.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 5,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase made within 90 days of account opening. Earn 0.75 Flying Club miles for every £1 spend. Spend £20K a year on your card and choose an extra benefit - an upgrade to premium, or a Companion ticket. Double miles when you spend directly with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays through the contact centre and online. Earn an additional 2,000 bonus miles if you spend £1K within 90 days of opening until 31.10.19.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
15,000 points
3 points per £1 spent
1.5 points per £1 spent
£160 per annum
63.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 15,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase made within 90 days of account opening. Earn 1.5 Flying Club miles for every £1 spend. Spend £10K a year on your card and choose an extra benefit - an upgrade to premium, or a Companion ticket. Double miles when you spend directly with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays through the contact centre and online.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £160 per annum, your representative rate is 63.9% APR (variable).

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Repayment options

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.

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