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Get 900 Avios, 750 Miles & More or 750 Virgin miles with a new WorldPoints sign-up promo

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Yes, I know. This article looks VERY similar to one I wrote last week!

That post was to promote a new BAA WorldPoints sign-up promotion worth 500 points. This new one is worth 750 points – so 900 Avios or 750 Miles & More or Virgin Flying Club miles – but only for travellers going through Heathrow.

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). Full details here.

Here is the new deal, in an email from Lufthansa:

It’s great to see how spending at the airport can add up, especially when you are rewarded with valuable miles. Our partner WorldPoints, Heathrow Airport’s loyalty programme, offers you a welcome bonus that can be exchanged for 750 award miles.

Join by 28 December 2012 and receive 750 bonus WorldPoints when you spend £10 in a single day at London Heathrow. Then simply exchange your points for award miles online – you can get one mile for every point collected.

As I wrote last week, 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.

Note that this promotion is ONLY valid at London Heathrow, not any of the regional BAA airports. Click here (EDIT: removed as link now dead) to visit the sign-up page for the offer.

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 (10)

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  • uk1 says:

    Do you think online LHR parking via before closing would qualify?

    • Raffles says:

      Not worth it, surely, if it is a fake booking. You would need to spend £10 with no 100 per cent certainty of getting the points, and it is still only 900 Avios.

  • Uk1 says:

    I’m going through T3 in a few weeks to VIE so it would be a pukker booking. Normally pre-book short-termterinaparking.

  • philley says:

    Thanks for the post Raffles.
    Does anyone know whether the £10 purchase can be in a store before going through security?
    I expect to be asked to collect someone from the airport soon so it would be useful to collect 750 worldpoints while waiting.

  • Matt says:

    The paste from Lufthansa says spend £10 in one day, but in the small print on the join up page from the link provided, it says £10 in one transaction. Just to be sure, which is it?? Would a double-dip spend at Boots (with Advantage Card) on a mobile phone top-up be accepted??

    • Raffles says:

      No idea, but for safety I’d go for £10 in one transaction. Which is not THAT much of a strain! Not sure if mobile top-ups count, they probably do as the restrictions on earning points are only the legal ones IIRC, eg nothing on infant baby milk.

      I was also told that BAA is happy to add on points in a retroclaim using just a credit card receipt and not the main receipt, which wouldn’t show what you’d bought. So if you didn’t get the points directly, just post in the card receipt.

  • tomlippiett says:

    Only after the date of travel. Travelled on Sunday and they went on today.

  • Tom says:

    Minor point, but worth noting that the bonus points are credited when you spend £10+ with Heathrow Express online.

    I signed up for this expecting to have to physically spend £10 at Heathrow, but they have in fact credited me the points for my online Heathrow Express booking.

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