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An interesting BAA WorldPoints arbitrage opportunity

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The forthcoming potential to merge Avios and BMI Diamond Club miles from 3rd July has thrown up some interesting arbitrage opportunities

One is the conversion rate for BAA WorldPoints, the frequent shopper scheme at BAA’s airports (mainly Heathrow, Glasgow and Southampton).

You earn 1 point per £1 spent (different rates for foreign currency) or 2 per £1 if you spent over £500 in the previous or current year.  These can be turned into various goodies such as BAA shopping vouchers or airline miles, including Virgin Flying Club, Miles & More, BMI and Avios.

The Avios conversion rate is 300 Avios per 250 WorldPoints.  The BMI Diamond Club rate is 750 miles per 500 WorldPoints. 

If you’ve got at least 500, you should convert into a BMI account as long as you can wait until July 3rd to move them across to your BAEC or account.

More DC arbitrage ideas to follow.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(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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