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1500 Avios, 1000 Miles & More or 1000 Virgin miles for £10 duty free spend

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I have posted before about interesting sign-up bonuses for the BAA WorldPoints loyalty scheme. 

It rewards you for spending in the duty free shops at BAA’s airports (Heathrow, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Stansted, Southampton) as well as changing money, paying for car parking or buying Heathrow Express tickets.

I have just been emailed with the most generous sign-up deal I have ever seen.  Join via this link (EDIT: removed as dead) and you will receive 1,000 bonus WorldPoints when you spend a paltry £10 before 30th September.  You need to sign up by 31st August.

1000 WorldPoints gets you a £10 airport shopping voucher, 1200 Avios, 1500 BMI Diamond Club miles (which you can convert to 1500 Avios), 1000 Miles & More miles or 1000 Virgin Flying Club miles.

For a promotion this good, it is worth signing up other family members if they are not already a member (or yourself again, using a different address and email).  This only really works if you share a household Avios account with these people, though, as WorldPoints will only transfer points into a mileage account sharing the same name.

(If you have a BMI Diamond Club account, of course, you could open a WorldPoints account in any name, form a Diamond Club family account with yourself as head of the family, create a Diamond Club account for that new person, move the WorldPoints across and then move them to your BAEC account via ‘Combine My Avios’!)

It is worth remembering that there have been two 100% bonus promotions in the last year for transfer from WorldPoints to Avios so your sign-up bonus could end up being worth 2,400 Avios points if you hold on for the next bonus.

PS.  Here is an interesting idea.  You can now collect WorldPoints when booking Heathrow Express train tickets online.  I am guessing that this would count towards the £10 spend.  Assuming the points post at the time of purchase rather than time of travel, and I am not certain of this, this would be a way of making the £10 spend if you are not going near an airport before 30th September.  Heathrow Express tickets can be booked many months in advance.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)

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:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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.

Comments (5)

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  • BAA WorldPoints - 1,500 free DC miles on sign up - FlyerTalk Forums says:

    […] BAA WorldPoints – 1,500 free DC miles on sign up document.write(''); Raffles has posted news of an offer on Head for Points of 1,500 DC miles (or free miles for other FF programmes – see the below link for more details) on opening up a new BAA WorldPoints account. When I opened an account this morning, the welcome email also offered a further 100 WorldPoints for updating your travel and shopping preferences in your online account. The link to the blog post is here. […]

  • taff_2003 says:

    When you open the account, the welcome email also offers a further 100 WorldPoints for updating your shopping and travel preferences in your online account.

  • pauldb says:

    Do you think I;ll get the points if I pay with my Amex “£10 to spend at World Duty Free” bonuses? 🙂

    • Raffles says:

      Yes, you will. (Put it this way, if you spend £65 and use one of the £5 vouchers that World Duty Free always email you with, you get points based on £65 not £60 – I have done this many times. So I assume a £10 sale with a £10 voucher is treated as a £10 sale.)

  • Alan says:

    Hmm so far it doesn’t look like HEX spend tracks until after the date of travel – made an order and week ago and nothing showing up as of yet 🙁

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