ADVERTISEMENT • September 2021
If you run a small business then you’ll know the importance of making every bit of spend count. The great news is that British Airways and American Express offer SMEs a range of outstanding benefits for their business, for their employees – and for those running the show, simply by signing up to and spending with the British Airways American Express® Accelerating Business Card.
The best benefit of all? Bringing your travel dreams back to life. After all, just because you’re a busy business owner doesn’t mean you don’t also have dreams of feeling the sand between your toes on some far-flung beach. Business writer Alexander Garrett takes us through the reasons why it’s time to put the British Airways American Express Accelerating Business Card at the heart of your business expenses plan…
Welcome on board
For a limited time only, you can receive a 60,000 Avios welcome bonus. The bonus is paid if you are approved and your business spends £5,000 on your card within the first three months of Cardmembership.* That means an awful lot of Avios that you can choose to spend as you like on Reward Flights, hotels stays or car rentals. Plus, you can even share or gift Avios to family or friends.
What can I do with my 60,000 bonus Avios?
Enough for one off peak economy return flight from London to destinations such as Miami, Cape Town, St Lucia or Barbados**
When you take out the British Airways American Express Accelerating Business Card, your travel plans will be turbo-charged. You will earn 1.5 Avios for every eligible pound spent. And, because your business is automatically enrolled into the On Business programme, you will receive two On Business Points for every eligible £1 spent with British Airways, which could give you considerable savings on your company’s expenses bill.
What’s On Business?
On Business is a global loyalty programme for SMEs that runs across British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia. You earn On Business Points when you book eligible flights on the three airlines, which can then be redeemed on Reward Flights or cabin upgrades. There are special On Business member discounts and three tiers with extra bonuses as you spend more on business travel. And, as a programme member, you can change the time or date of your flight, or even cancel your booking, up to 24 hours before the departure of your first flight knowing that there will be no extra charge or cancellation fees.
Receive 10,000 bonus Avios for every £20,000 spent on your Card, up to three times every calendar year. That’s a chance to earn up to 30,000 bonus Avios every calendar year for £60,000 spend. As well as flights, hotel stays and car rental, you could spend some of those Avios on memorable tours and experiences around the world, as well as exclusive wine offers.
What can I do with my annual bonus of 30,000 Avios?
Make it a Club Europe, off peak return*** flight to many of the network’s short-haul destinations, including Paris, Brussels, Dublin, Verona, Amsterdam and Bilbao.
Bring the team
When you sign up for the British Airways American Express Accelerating Business Card, you can apply for up to 99 complimentary Supplementary Cards for your employees. That means you can consolidate your business expenditure and track all spend under one Business Account. Plus, all the money spent on Supplementary Cards can help to build up your own personal Avios balance.
Checkout the world
With your Card you can pay for travel, keep track of how much your business is spending, collect enough Avios for Reward Flights for you, your friends, your family and your employees, and get protection as you travel. The Global Assist® helpline is available 24/7 for whenever Cardmembers may need it, plus there’s insurance cover for accidents, inconvenience and emergency cash.
All that’s left is to do is to pack your briefcase.
To find out more about the benefits of a British Airways American Express Credit Card, click here
REPRESENTATIVE APR (VARIABLE) 96.7% APR
ASSUMED CREDIT LIMIT £1,200
ANNUAL FEE £250
PURCHASE RATE (VARIABLE) 22.2% pa
*LIMITED TIME OFFER, NEW CARDMEMBERS ONLY. IF YOU HAVE HELD A BRITISH AIRWAYS AMERICAN EXPRESS® ACCELERATING BUSINESS CARD OR ANY OTHER AMERICAN EXPRESS® BUSINESS CARD WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS, YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS OFFER. TERMS APPLY. APPLICANTS MUST BE UK RESIDENTS AGED 18 YEARS OLD OR OVER AND ARE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL. TERMS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY TO COLLECTING AVIOS AND ON BUSINESS POINTS. REWARD FLIGHTS AND CABIN UPGRADES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. TAXES, FEES AND CARRIER CHARGES APPLY. SEE AMERICAN EXPRESS.CO.UK FOR DETAILS. INSURANCE PROTECTION SUBJECT TO ENROLMENT, FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE. PLEASE READ THE INSURANCE DOCUMENTATION OF YOUR CARD FOR FULL DETAILS OF THE PROTECTION BENEFITS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AND TO UNDERSTAND THE LIMITS AND EXCLUSIONS THAT MAY APPLY. AMERICAN EXPRESS SERVICES EUROPE LIMITED IS AUTHORISED AND REGULATED BY THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY. ALL INFORMATION INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVE APR IS CORRECT AS AT 1 SEPTEMBER 2021. INTEREST RATES ARE LINKED TO THE BANK OF ENGLAND BASE RATE. IF CARDMEMBERS ARE NOT ALREADY MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH AIRWAYS EXECUTIVE CLUB (TO COLLECT AVIOS) AND ON BUSINESS PROGRAMME (TO COLLECT OB POINTS), THEY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED WHEN THEY SUCCESSFULLY APPLY. THE BRITISH AIRWAYS AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD IS OFFERED BY AMERICAN EXPRESS SERVICES EUROPE LIMITED REGISTERED OFFICE: BELGRAVE HOUSE, BUCKINGHAM PALACE ROAD, LONDON, SW1W 9AX, UNITED KINGDOM.
**Plus £150. Reward Flight Saver offers a fixed cash and Avios amount.
***Plus £1. Reward Flight Saver offers a fixed cash and Avios amount.
Reward Flight Savers are British Airways’ best value reward flights. Reward Flight Saver offers customers great value flights with a low, flat fee to cover taxes, fees and carrier charges and a fixed Avios amount. To be eligible for Reward Flight Saver, you need to have collected at least one Avios in the past 12 months. If you are not eligible for Reward Flight Saver, you’ll be shown the standard reward flight price instead with full taxes, fees and charges. To find out more about Reward Flights and/or Reward Flight Saver, click here. Prices shown are Reward Flight Saver redemptions and based on off-peak fares for World Traveller (long haul). Standard Reward Flights will be the same Avios amount but full taxes, fees and charges will be payable. (All Avios amounts quoted were correct as 25 August 2021). Reward Flights are subject to availability.