I had to join just to reply to this thread as I found myself in a similar situation.
I got myself the BA Blue card as my initial credit card when I turned 18 simply to build my credit score whilst also contributing to the household avios account we have with BA. AMEX were brilliant and I saw to credit increases within 2 years.
I then decided I wanted something more from the card being older and a bigger spender now. I recently switched to the BA Premium card and I’m not disappointed at all! Yes the fee is heavy but it more than makes up for it with the companion voucher and the 1.5 avios for every £1 spent. Being an average slender I’m only £5,000 away from my companion voucher and my anniversary date is May, so plenty of time to go!
The BA Executive Club app is also brilliant as it gives you great ways to boost the number of avios you get. For example if you go through the app to the Nike store you get 9 avios for every £1 spent. So I bought a pair of trainers and got 1,000 avios and still got my student discount as they don’t impose restrictions like that!
If you’d like a referral to the Premium BA Card feel free to use mine below! This will get you 26,000 Avios if £3,000 is spent in the first 3 months which is actually enough to get you economy to New York and back! I’ll also get 9,000 and I’m saving to take my other half on a trip of a lifetime so would appreciate also
(This is an extra 1,000 on top of the traditional welcome bonus!)
I’ve looked on the forum and can’t see a thread about booking BA reward flights so may make one with some handy tips and tricks as I’ve got a few up my sleeve that I haven’t seen on blogs etc