If you are looking to sign up for the British Airways American Express® Credit Card you might be wondering what the sign-up bonus of 5000 avios points is worth? (You’ll need to spend £1,000 within 3 months to get it.) Or where you can fly to for 5000 Avios points? Read on to find out!
Am I eligible for the 5000 Avios points sign-up bonus?
This is my experience using the points system and is not a recommendation of any financial product. There are other credit cards which can earn you travel points including IHG credit card, Tesco Credit Cards (by exchanging Clubcard points for avios, hotel stays and more) & Virgin Atlantic credit card. If you use my link for a referral to an American Express card upon you being accepted I will receive points, this varies between 9,000 – 18,000 depending on the card I refer you from.
One of my favourite things about British Airways and Avios is their reward flight saver scheme (RFS.) This caps economy returns at £35pp and business at £50pp in Europe. You’re eligible as long as you’ve collected at least one Avios in the past 12 months. It’s important to note this might not be the cheapest way to travel with your Avios points, also check reward flights as two single fares as occasionally this will be cheaper.
So lets see where 5000 Avios points could get you…
The card earns 1 Avios per pound so meeting the spend target will also give you an additional 1000 Avios. If you are referred you will receive an additional 1000 Avios on top of this. A total of 7,000 Avios before any additional spending.
1 single economy seat from London to Zone 1 destinations in Europe which include Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen & Paris for 4000 points (off peak, 4500 points peak) & £17.50 per person. To save up for a return double the amount of avios and £ required.
If you are referred for the extra bonus points you could also do 1 single economy seat from London to Zone 2 destinations in Europe which include Venice, Budapest & Ibiza. This will cost you 6500 points (off peak, 7500 points peak) & £17.50… for peak you’d have to find an additional 500 points!
For a full breakdown of which destinations full in these zones take a look below
Apart from spending more on your card you can earn additional Avios by referring your friends and family to American Express cards. If they join successfully through your link you will receive an additional 4,000 Avios per friends up to a total of 90,000 Avios a year! If you email us through our referral page we’ll also add your link to our referral link split! – https://pointsuncovered.com/amex-referral-link-uk/
What value should I be aiming to get on an Avios redemption?
Unless you are travelling in Europe do not redeem avios points for economy. This is more often than not very poor value (points to pence) and you’d be better off paying cash for economy or redeeming for a business or first redemption. With avios points I aim for at least 1p to a point, but depending on how you earn your points/how you normally fly you may have a different valuation of your points. If you often fly budget airlines in Europe you may find saving your points for premium long haul redemptions better value!
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