American Express New Cardmember Travel Sign Up Offers July 2012

by Continental Club on July 5, 2012

Two new offers from American Express may be of interest to those looking for the most generous travel-related benefits currently available.

Members of the British Airways Executive Club who have not yet applied for a BA American Express credit card may be tempted by the card giant’s latest sign-up offer, valid for applications made by 1st August 2012.

Once accepted as a new British Airways American Express Premium Plus cardmember, a welcome bonus of 30,000 Avios is the reward for spending a minimum of £3,000 in the first three months of membership. The welcome bonus is in addition to the normal benefits of up to 3 Avios per £ spent, and an Avios ‘companion voucher’ when £10,000 is charged to the card account in a membership year.

American Express is marketing the bonus as being worth two return flights to Rome from the UK.  A raft of changes to the British Airways loyalty programme in 2011 mean that additional taxes, fees and charges on reward flights are now capped at £27 per person return in Economy and £34 per person return in Business – for members with what the airline describes as ‘recently active’ accounts.

Non Executive Club members can also apply for the card, with a new Executive Club account automatically established upon acceptance.

The card comes with an annual fee of £150, which is taken into account when calculating the ‘example’ interest rate; applicants should of course take the opportunity to read the terms and conditions of any card membership carefully.

American Express have also announced an even more limited offer on their Platinum Charge Card, which ends on 19th July 2012. Successful ‘virgin’ applicants – that is those who have never had any kind of American Express product in the past – who spend a minimum of £2000 in the first three months of card membership, can look forward to a joining bonus of 50,000 of the issuer’s generic ‘Membership Rewards’ points. The points can then be redeemed for a wide range of products and services, including airline mileage.

50,000 Membership Rewards therefore equates to 50,000 Avios, or 50,000 Virgin Flying Club miles, and though there is no extended credit facility (charge card balances must be settled in full at each statement) and the annual fee of £450 is higher than the BA credit card, some travellers may value such perks as Priority Pass membership, travel insurance, and automatic status in the Starwood, Accor, Carlson, Hertz and Avis loyalty programmes.

For full details on both the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Credit Card offer, and the American Express Platinum Charge Card offer, click here.



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