Earn bonus Avios …. at Sainsbury’s!

Links on Head for Points pay us an affiliate commission. A list of our partners is here.

Yes, that’s right.  Sainsbury’s!

For those with very long memories, Sainsbury’s used to award BA Miles and Air Miles before the contract switched to Tesco in 2002.  You may have had one of these in your pocket a long time ago:

Anyway ….

American Express has launched a new promotion offering double Membership Rewards points until December 31st when you shop at Sainsbury’s!  Assuming you convert your MR points to Avios points, you will be receiving 2 per £1 spent instead of the usual 1 per £1.

You need to hold an American Express Platinum, Preferred Rewards Gold or Green charge card.  You can also take part if you have a Platinum Cashback Amex, with which you will earn double cashback.  There is nothing for BA, Nectar, SPG, Costco or Harrods Amex cardholders, unfortunately.

You MUST register for this promotion, by visiting this website.

The rules say that the bonus Membership Rewards points will post within 8 weeks of the transaction, so you may not receive the last of them until the end of February.

The rules also state that you must have had your card for 100 days when you register.  This is a very odd rule and one that has been cropping up recently in Amex promotions.  I have no idea what the point of it is, to be honest.

Spending at Sainsbury’s petrol stations does not count.

(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to see our latest articles on earning and spending your points and click here to see our list of current Avios promotions.)

50% bonus when you buy American Airlines miles (and AA redemption 'sweet spots')
Win 9,000 Avios plus £1,000 of shopping from the Avios estore!
Click here to join the 13,000 people on our email list and receive the latest Avios, miles and points news by 6am.

Amazon ad
About Head for Points

We help business and leisure travellers maximise their Avios, frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. Visit every day for three new articles or sign up for our FREE emails via this page or the box to your right.


  1. pazza2000 says:

    I agree that this new ‘held the card for 100 days’ rule is a silly one. I have held my MR for sub -100 days however have registered anyway to see if it is upheld.

  2. Good find. There is also a generic promotion to earn bonus MRs from a whole bunch of retailers. Sign-up link


  3. Slightly more useful than the shop small promotion for those of us in the regions.

    Do you know if registering the main card also activates supplementary (e.g. spouse) cards?

    • Not sure, but on ‘small shops’ you had to register each card separately

    • It doesn’t – on the thank you page, it has this:

      “Please note that this registered Cardnumber is the only Card that can receive the offer. Any other eligible Cards (including those linked to the same account) must be registered separately.”

      • Thanks. I skimmed the T&Cs, but I was heading for the door of the hotel at the time.

  4. I suppose you could buy a Sainsbury’s gift card instore then use the gift card to buy fuel…

  5. Well for those in the first year of Amex Gold membership , this promo means the earning rate is three MR’s per pound spend

    • I have the platinum card, also sub 100 days (a rule imposed probably to stop us card churners benefiting any more than we do), but since I already earn 1.5 MR and 1CC = 3.9 avios per £1 spent at tesco on a normal day, I am hardly upset since I wouldn’t take advantage of this anyway.

  6. Raffles if you look at the following link which has the Sainsbury and additional offer the wording is you get an additional Avios and the Amex cards aren’t restricted. The terms contradict the Sainsbury sign up page.
    I have asked Amex to clarify what the terms are.

    The Christmas Campaign also includes Carphone Warehouse, TheTrainline.com, House of Fraser and Nike and Argos. The Argos one may combine with the £5 off £20 Amex Foursquare deal. Remember Argos sell other stores gift cards so it is a good way of getting 25% discount in other store and potentially additional Avios.

    • http://cardmemberoffers.co.uk/bb/ – forgot the link.

      • Thanks. The 20 per cent discount on HMV gift vouchers is great for anyone who wants an ipad or similar for Christmas. It is almost impossible to get these discounted otherwise.

        Frankly, if you want to churn a few £k on your card, you could do worse than buying discounted HMV gift cards, buying ipads and ebaying them. You should make a profit.

        Or just sell the gift voucher …

        Nice Virgin deal as well, will do a quick post on that tomorrow.

  7. trickster says:

    A colleague has brought this offer to my attention:


    His words:
    “It does mean having a foursquare account, but you don’t have to tell anyone!

    Basically there are offers which require you to check in somewhere with an iphone app.

    The best one at the moment is check in at Harvey Nichols, spend £25 on your amex and you get a £25 statement credit. Money for nothing. Well, a bit of faff but worth it!”

  8. Also, for anyone in central London over the weekend: http://www.westendvip.com/vipday/

    £25 off your first (single transaction) £50 spend in (one of) a selection of shops in the West End.

    The offer is for a “one-time only £25 statement credit”, i.e. it is not available in each of the 400+ stores listed, despite what some of the wording in the main offer suggests.

  9. Combine the Foursquare offer with the up to 20% off Selfridges offer, spend £60+ on a qualifying Selfridges purchase on 24 November, pay £50+ and get a £25 credit. Make sure the Selfridges purchase is first if you’re on a shopping binge.

    It’s almost worth travelling to the West End to see whether that works.

Please click here to read our data protection policy before submitting your comment.