How to earn more Avios points – quickly!

If you read Head for Points every day you will learn about lots of new ways to earn and spend Avios points.

However, if you’re looking for a quick boost to your points total over the next few weeks then these are the best opportunities currently available.

If you want to learn more about how to spend your Avios points – as opposed to earning them – you should read the 17 articles in our ‘Avios Redemption University‘ series.


Top short term promotions:

Ends 23rd March – up to 30% ‘mystery bonus’ when you buy Avios

Ends 31st March – up to 15,000 Avios with hotel bookings via Agoda PointsMAX

Ends 31st March – up to 13,200 Avios with an Economist subscription

Ends 31st March – earn 8 Avios per £1 with Charles Tyrwhitt shirts (usually 4 per £1)

Ends 7th April – earn at least 1,500 Avios with an Avis car rental

Ends 9th April – up to 50,000 Avios when you open an ISA or SIPP with Nutmeg

Ends 10th April – 1,000 Avios when you buy a case of wine from Laithwaites

Ends 30th April – earn up to quadruple Avios on Hilton hotel stays

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Earning Avios via credit and charge cards:

These are the top sign-up bonuses currently available:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – earn 20,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up and spending £2,000 within three months.  These convert into 20,000 Avios points.  The card is FREE for the first year and you can cancel at any time.  My full review is here.

American Express Platinum charge card – earn 35,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up and spending £2,000 within three months.  These convert into 35,000 Avios points.  The card has a £450 annual fee but this is refundable pro-rata when you cancel and there are many other benefits.  My full review is here.

British Airways American Express credit card – earn 5,000 Avios points for signing up and spending £1,000 within three months.  The card is FREE.  My full review is here.

British Airways Premium Plus American Express credit card – earn 25,000 Avios points for signing up and spending £3,000 within three months.  The card has an annual fee of £195.  My full review is here.

Lloyds Avios Rewards American Express and MasterCard – these cards are FREE and you receive a 4,500 Avios sign-up bonus if I refer you.  More details are in my review here.

You can also earn Avios via other credit cards either directly or (by converting the points to Avios) indirectly.  This article explains all of your options.


Opportunities to earn FREE Avios via

On-going – 600 Avios for joining ‘Rewards for Thoughts’

On-going – 750 Avios in for joining e-rewards (800 until 31st March)


Earning Avios via Heathrow Rewards:

Heathrow Rewards is the Heathrow Airport shopping loyalty scheme.  You earn 1 point per £1 you spend and they convert at 1:1 into Avios points.

You can earn 3,000 Avios by signing up to Heathrow Rewards and spendng £150 in one day.  Details are here.

You can earn 100 FREE Heathrow Rewards points for sharing your Heathrow story

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Earning Avios via Tesco Clubcard:

If you want to know more about the latest Tesco Clubcard bonus point offers, you should follow our sister site Shopper Points.

Shopper Points lists current Tesco Direct promotions which offer bonus Clubcard points on this page.

This page of Shopper Points lists opportunities for earning ‘quick’ Clubcard points, such as:

100 Clubcard points for giving Tesco Bank your insurance renewal dates

25 Clubcard points (60 Avios) each month with Tesco Views

150 Clubcard points (360 Avios) with your first £15 order from Tesco Photo