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I received a pleasant, if totally unexpected, bonus into my American Express BA Premium Plus account a few days ago – a deposit of 6,000 Avios.
I was all set to phone Amex to query this, in the gentlest possible way, when I noticed the following “alert” on my account home page:
Errrrrr thanks Amex, but that really wasn’t part of the advertised deal when I upgraded. Not that I am, of course, complaining. However, you really would have thought that if American Express are dishing out bonuses worth something in the region of £60, they’d flag it to you before the upgrade to encourage you to do it!
Of course, the one slight issue with this “secret” bonus is that, being secret, I can’t give you any real details on it. That includes what the exact terms and conditions are, and whether you are guaranteed to receive it if you do upgrade. I have, however, spoken to a couple of BA Amex veterans, both of whom have received the bonus in the past, too – again entirely without warning.
Ultimately, I can’t guarantee that you’ll get this bonus, so don’t use it as your sole reason to upgrade to the BA Premium Plus card. However, if you are planning to upgrade, look out for it!
If you wanted to be really canny, you could of course upgrade to the Premium Plus card, get the 6K Avios bonus and then revert to the free card – you’ll get a pro rata refund of the annual fee (which will be all of it if you’re quick about it). We have of course also previously highlighted how you can use the old upgrade/downgrade trick to your advantage with the BA Companion (“241”) voucher.
6K Avios is more than enough for an intra-European flight, so really is a decent little haul – all the better for being completely unexpected.