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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 UK credit cards (January 2023)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

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

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

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