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Amex referral code

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Referrers
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SpeedbirdOneSpeedbirdOne Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Referrers
Hello All!

This is my first post to the MSE Forums, I'm a long time lurker, quite shy, haven't posted until now as I haven't had much to share, however that's just changed and thought I would share this with you all in the hope that others will benefit from this offer.

American Express have a new "Member Get Member" refer-a-friend campaign running. For the British Airways Amex Cards it works like this:

The person who is applying for the card gets:
7,000 BA Miles if they're referred & accepted for the Premium Plus card. (Possibly 13,000; see below)
2,000 BA Miles if they're referred & accepted for for the standard BA card. (Possibly 3,000; see below)

The person doing the referring gets (for a successful referral):
2,000 BA Miles if they hold an Amex British Airways card.
4,000 BA Miles if they hold an Amex British Airways Premium Plus card.

This compares to the standard 1,000/6,000 'first card use' miles advertised on Amex's site.

HOWEVER, when my father in law applied for the BA card - he received his 2,000 referral bonus instantly - AND, when he spent on the card for the first time, the 1,000 standard/advertised bonus was also awarded! He is now showing 3,030 miles (the bonus points plus his £30 spend points.) Therefore, although I'm not promising, you could receive upto 13,000 BA Miles for the Premium Plus if referred by a friend! (7,000 refer-a-friend bonus + standard 6,000 first use bonus.).

Another good reason to get the cards now is, once you have the card, you're more than welcome to refer your parents, inlaws, brothers, sisters, relatives, friends to get their own cards to boost your own BA Miles balance! Think of the possibilities! ;-)

I'm of course more than happy to be a friend to anyone here and refer you for a BA or BAPP credit card so you can get the bonus miles. :D Please PM your name and e-mail address and I'll fire you off an email.

I will be happy to make a donation to charity for each referral, as recommended by this site's rules. I'm thinking £5-10 per referral. This is much higher than the 10% recommended.

Here is the link for existing cardholders (to refer a friend with):

All the best,

P.S. it also appears that if you place a Quidco cookie on the Amex site thru following the Quidco link, and THEN use the email link from your friend to signup, you'll be awarded both the bonus miles and the £25 Quidco cashback on top! 13,000 BA Miles is worth £91 based on MSE's loyalty points checker - twice that if you are redeeming a 2-4-1 voucher.


  • Hi Speedbirdone,
    I've just been on the American Express site thinking of applying for their cashback card but got tempted by this one - have you used any airmiles yet? Are they easy to redeem? Can you only redeem them with BA (in that their flights are more expensive than most). Their site doesn't seem very user-friendly when you ask a question that hasn't previously been asked

  • Hi Shegee,

    I've found the BA Miles very easy to collect - in a little over 6 months I have nearly 100,000 of them! To be honest though, most of these have been through Tesco and using various schemes to rack up clubcard points, then converting those to BA Miles. (Recycling inkjet cartridges which you can buy cheaply on ebay - roughly £100 for 24,000 miles - and using clubcard '500 points when you spend £50' codes etc).

    Where I use the Amex is for the 2-4-1 voucher (spend £10,000 in a year on he premium plus and you get a free companion voucher). This in essence DOUBLES the value of whatever miles you have collected, whether through Amex or elsewhere. How much is that worth? Depends on how much the non-free ticket 'costs'. Could be thousands!

    BA Miles or Airmiles are okay for economy flight redemptions, but to be honest, they're much better if you think them as a way of "flying Club Class for the price of economy." You only need 2X the miles to fly Club Class - paying cash, you can expect to pay 10X for the privilege. In a little over six months, I have enough to fly to Mauritius in Club Class, and getting close to trigerring my Amex 2-4-1 to take Mrs SpeedbirdOne with me :) So with effort (and a little, not much, money) it's possible to get many miles, very quickly.

    Redeeming BA Miles depends on your destination. Australia is nearly impossible, but places like Mauritius, and other 'medium-haul' flights can be very easy. But if you want to explore, and can be a little flexible, you'll find plenty of possibilities!

    In the interests of honesty, the BA Premium Plus carries a £120 annual fee. But this is reduced to £30 if you have an existing Amex card (which I did.) The BA standard card is free, but you need to spend £20,000 per year to trigger the 2-4-1 on that one (vs. £10,000 for the BAPP).

    What you COULD do - which my father in law has done - is get the BA standard card now (and your 3,000 miles), and collect 1 BA mile per £ spent, find out how to get lots of BA miles through Tesco (I can PM you more info), and get collecting. But also get another Amex card at the same time, such as the Platinum Cashback Credit Card. And when you're getting close to your target amount of miles, you can easily upgrade to the Premium Plus. Because you'll have another Amex card when you upgrade, the fee is reduced, but you get to keep all the miles you've earnt!

    Hope I have not made this sound needlessly complicated. It's a great way to travel well, if you're up for flying long distance flights 'in style.' Personally this is perfect for me - I prefer to go to places far out, and this way, I don't have to worry about being shoved in cattle class too!

    Getting the most of the scheme requires a little study and a bit of flexibility, but I feel its more than worth it, as it opens up new possibilities. Let me know if you need any more informatino I'd be happy to help.

    Shegee wrote: »
    Hi Speedbirdone,
    I've just been on the American Express site thinking of applying for their cashback card but got tempted by this one - have you used any airmiles yet? Are they easy to redeem? Can you only redeem them with BA (in that their flights are more expensive than most). Their site doesn't seem very user-friendly when you ask a question that hasn't previously been asked

  • jfox22jfox22 Forumite
    55 posts
    how many miles did you need for mauritus? im really confused as to how it works. is it a certain amount of miles for ecomony and then another x amount for prmeium economy? or do you pay for the economy and use the miles for upgrades?
  • VanBVanB Forumite
    1 posts
    To be honest they are a bit of a scam unless you wish to holiday in a war zone traveling on Xmas day and returning on New Year's eve.

    I have lost no end of 2-4-1 vouchers because I can never book to anywhere useful at a time that any sane person would want to go there and BA are totally inflexible.

    If you can upgrade with them I have yet to find a flight where they ever have any upgrades available.

    If, on the off chance, you do manage to book a flight with BA miles you will still be asked to pay taxes and surcharges, airport duties etc which amounts to 80% of the cost of the flight anyway.

    As I travel extensively these are not small frustrations. If you want good advice get the cash back card instead.

    Oh and I have nearly 200,000 miles that I cant spend
  • Danni19Danni19 Forumite
    122 posts
    Hi all,

    I've searched to see if there is already a post for this, but I can't find one - apologies if I've missed it.

    If you are planning to get an Amex Platinum Cashback credit card (currently the highest cashback paying card per Martin's recommendations), if I refer you, you'll get a £20 cashback bonus if you spend £3k on the card within the first 12 month. I will also receive £20 cashback.

    Not exactly going to make us rich, but not bad if you were thinking of applying anyway.

    More details and T&Cs are below.

    If you're interested in being introduced, PM me your email address, and I'll recommend you.


    Recommend in 3 simple steps

    • Fill in the details with a brief message
    • Your friend receives an email and submits their application
    • You will be credited with £20 cashback for each friend that joins
    Introduce your friends to the Platinum Cashback Credit Card® from American Express® and you’ll both have more cashback to play with. Complete the contact details, write a personal message and we’ll take care of the rest. You’ll receive £20 for every friend who joins and your friends will receive £20 cashback when they spend over £3,000 in the first 12 months1.

    With 5% cashback, up to £100 for the first 3 months, and the chance to earn cashback on virtually everything they spend on their Card2, they’ll be delighted you recommended them.

    Share the benefits of the Platinum Cashback Credit Card today.


    What will you turn your cashback into?


    Important information

    1. When you refer the Platinum Cashback Credit Card to a friend, you will receive £20 bonus cashback once the Card is approved. Your friend will receive £20 bonus cashback when they spend £3,000 or more in their first year prior to the relevant Card Anniversary date. If your friend has already applied for the Platinum Cashback Credit Card without using this referral, you and your friend will not be eligible for the bonus cashback. Any bonus cashback will be applied at the same time as any annual rebate.

    2. No rebate is payable in any month in which the minimum payment is not received by the due date. No rebate is payable on cash withdrawals, interest, fees, balance transfers, amounts subsequently re-credited to your account due to refunds, or expenditure in any one month exceeding the amount of your Credit Limit. No rebate is payable if you end the agreement before the relevant Card Anniversary date. A rebate of 5% will be payable to you by us on all transactions made in the first 3 months up to a maximum rebate of £100 and applied at the same time as any annual rebate. An annual rebate on the aggregate amount of all transactions (other than the exclusions stated above) will be payable to you by us and calculated at the following rates: 0.5% for aggregate amounts up to £3,500; and 1% for aggregate amounts from £3,501 to £10,000; and 1.5% for aggregate amounts in excess of £10,001. No rebate payment will be made if, in the 12 months preceding your Card Anniversary Date, the amount of rebate earned totals less than £12.
  • wileycatwileycat Forumite
    2.3K posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker

    A much better bonus than using the cashback sites at the mo, only £5 for amex!
  • Danni19Danni19 Forumite
    122 posts
    Yes! And Quidco used to be a really good £27!
  • jazzy404jazzy404 Forumite
    1.1K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts
    I got £34 from quidco a while back :p.

    I can also offer to refer anyone whos going to get the amex cashback card.

    I'd definately recommend the amex as the best cashback card offering 5% cashback for the 1st 3 months, and 1.5% thereafter, just from paying for things in a slightly different way).

    By being referred you'll get £20 as opposed to the £5 available from quidco at present.

    So PM me if you're interested.

  • Danni19Danni19 Forumite
    122 posts
    Just to clarify, cashback is 5% for first 3 months (up to a max of £100), which would mean you had spent £2,000 on the card.

    Then, the rate reverts to 0.5% until you've spent £3,500 on the card.

    Between spends of £3,500 and £10,000, the rate is 1%, and above £10,000 the rate is 1.5%.

    So, if you spent 2k per month on the card, in your first year you would earn the following:

    Referal cashback (PM me for referal) = £20
    First £2,000 = £100
    Up to £3,500 = £7.50
    Up to £10,000 = £65
    Remaining £12,000 = £180

    Equaling a total of £372.50 over year one.
  • AegisAegis Forumite
    5.5K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts
    Likewise I can also refer for this cashback offer. Feel free to PM me and I'll take care of my side of things as soon as possible.
    I am an Independent Financial Adviser
    Anything I say on the forum is for discussion purposes only and should not be construed as personal financial advice. It is vitally important to do your own research before acting on information gathered from any users on this forum.
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