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Obscure Avios partners –

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This is the first of a series of posts looking at some of the low-profile companies who partner with (the old Air Miles site).  If you are a BAEC member, you will need to have an account to collect from these companies, and then use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them across. is an Avios partner, full details here (EDIT: deleted as link now dead).  Basically, you earn 20 Avios for every £10 you spend on train tickets via their site, which is accessed via the Avios e-store.

Now, train tickets are fundamentally commodity products, but the various booking sites have got very crafty recently when adding extra fees.  mytrainticket adds £1.60 to receive your tickets by post (free for station collection) plus 2% for using a credit card.  This is substantially better than (with a shocking £3.50 credit card fee plus a mandatory £1 booking fee).  However, newcomer has no booking or card fees at all.

It is also important to remember that some train companies offer exclusive discounts on their cheapest tickets for booking via their own website – East Coast, for examples, deducts an extra 10% from its cheapest seats, and has a loyalty scheme worth 1% cashback. also offers 2% cashback if you go via Quidco instead of via the e-store.  This is probably a better deal than taking Avios, because you only earn Avios on every multiple of £10 – a £19 ticket would only earn 20 Avios.

So, my verdict on earning Avios via is FAIL.  Cheaper tickets may available from the train company directly, and you can avoid the credit card fee by booking elsewhere.  Even if you want to use the company, I would go via Quidco instead.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Do you have a small business? Until 20th May 2021, you can receive a special sign-up bonus worth 29,900 Avios with the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa credit card. This offer is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to learn more.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

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