You may have received an email last week from British Airways Executive Club concerning the latest ‘buy Avios’ promotion.
A quick search of this site shows that the offer is, to say the least, underwhelming compared to previous deals.
The headline is ‘Imagine where 25% more Avios could take you”. However, the text soon confirms that you only get the 25% bonus if you buy your maximum 24,000 Avios points annual limit in one go. This costs a whopping £399, which is still 1.33p per Avios point.
Purchase between 5,000 and 23,000 and you only get a 15% bonus. Buy less than 5,000 and you don’t even get that!
Given that last year saw a 30% bonus, this offer does not excite.
Of course, if you were planning to buy Avios anyway to top off a redemption then this is a bonus you wouldn’t have had otherwise. Everyone else can pass on this one, though.
The offer ends on March 28th.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.