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Should you transfer your BAA WorldPoints to Avios now?

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As I posted on Saturday, 27th October is effectively the end of BMI Diamond Club.  This means it is the last day to transfer BAA WorldPoints to BMI Diamond Club (and thus on to Avios).

Now, there is a dilemma here if you have a BAA WorldPoints balance:

You currently earn 750 Diamond Club miles (= 750 Avios airmiles) for transferring 500 WorldPoints.  However, you only earn 600 Avios if you transfer 500 WorldPoints directly to BA or avios.com.  This means you effectively get a 25% bonus for going via BMI.

Twice in the last year, BA has run a 100% conversion bonus for turning your WorldPoints into Avios.

Here, then is your dilemma.

Do you transfer your WorldPoints to Avios via BMI before 27th October, and thus get yourself a 25% bonus?  Or do you hang on, waiting for another 100% bonus which may never come?  Your call …..


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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 long list of travel benefits 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 (7)

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  • uk1 says:

    You do it now. Or last week;)

  • Britbronco22 says:

    I never earn enough World points to make these decisions worth spending much time over. I don’t know how people run up big balances, I prefer to spend my time at the airport quaffing as much free stuff in the lounge as possible, if I do go shopping it is for essentials, not big ticket items!
    Even before I had lounge access, it takes a lot of eating to earn decent points when it is just 1% of the spend!

    Interestingly I just got an e-mail from World Points announcing they are ending the WorldPoints programme at all airports except LHR. Will this allow them to make the award rate more generous (if rents are higher at LHR)?
    Perhaps it allows them to just cut down on marketing costs, but at least there could be more targetted offeres for LHR.

    • Raffles says:

      A lot of people have at least 1,000 because of the ‘1000 points for opening an account and spending £10’ promo that ran over the Summer!

  • Neil says:

    any word on whether there is going to be one of those tasty 100% bonuses coming up in the next two or three weeks then ? 😉

  • pazza2000 says:

    Do WorldPoints have an expiration?

    • Raffles says:

      Yes, 3 years I think. And activity does not stop older miles from expiring.

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