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Get 600 Avios, 500 Miles & More or 500 Virgin miles with new WorldPoints sign-up promotion

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BAA WorldPoints has launched a new sign-up bonus.  It is not as good as the one they ran over the Summer (1,000 points for a £10 spend) but it is still more than acceptable.

BAA WorldPoints is the loyalty scheme for Heathrow, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports duty free shops, although from 1st January you will only be able to collect at Heathrow.

You earn 1 point for every £1 spent and can redeem your points for Avios, Virgin Flying Club miles, Miles & More miles, Heathrow shopping vouchers and some other odd bits and pieces, usually at 1 point = 1 mile (for Avios it is 1 point = 1.2 Avios).

In conjunction with Lufthansa, new members who join via this link will earn 500 bonus points when they spend £25 in one day before 30th December.

You will see that the link talks of earning 500 bonus Miles & More miles.  In reality, though, you will receive 500 WorldPoints which are worth 500 Miles & More miles.  No-one will care if you choose to redeem them for Avios or Virgin miles, though!

Now, you may well have a WorldPoints account already.  However, take a minute to think.  Is there anyone in your household or in your Avios household account who is not a member?

If so, get a card in their name, use it yourself (this is not a problem) and send the miles over to their account.  This is more lucrative than simply adding an extra 25 points for £25 of spend to your own WorldPoints account.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (9)

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  • Geoggy says:

    So passing through Heathrow last week I spend a hundred quid in duty free and have never had a world points card. Woman on till asked if I wanted one so I said yes. She swiped it and gave me leaflet and card etc.

    Have not yet had chance to register card – can I do it via this link and get bonus?

    • Raffles says:

      No, they will create a new card for you. You could open a new one in a different name, I suppose. Or simply register the one you have in another name, fx only gets 1 per £10 anyway.

  • Trickster says:

    The initial link says 100 points, not 1000 as per your article.

    Also, do you think the 500 point lufty bonus would work on an Amex fx preorder as in you other post? Plus if I register my wife today, could I use this on Monday without a card? I presume u could just give the number, assuming I get this in the registration process.


    • Trickster says:

      Ignore first comment, I’ve just reread the post more closely!

    • ups says:

      Yes you can register now and let them input the number manually. Alternately you can retro-claim by sending WorldPoints your receipt scan.

  • pianoamit says:

    The link says you get 100 worldpoints for registering and filling in preferences. Do you then get another 500 worldpoints on your first >£25 purchase? That would make 720 avios by my reckoning…

    • Raffles says:

      Yes and no. You do get another 100 points for filling in the shopping preferences form. However, you convert to Avios in chunks of 250 points = 300 Avios. After spending £25 you would have 25 base points plus 500 bonus plus 100 shopping preferences = 625 WorldPoints. You will be able to redeem 500 immediately but will need to spend another £125 to get up to another multiple of 250.

  • Curtis says:

    I missed the Tesco promo for the Samsung Galaxy Tab because my relative wouldn’t confirm that he wanted one, but he now does.

    Is it worthwhile to get it with this promo (does anyone know how much it costs at LHR)?

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