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You have probably already seen this if you are a BAA WorldPoints member, as it is a condition of membership that you receive their email newsletters.  However, it is possible that you didn’t read yesterdays email closely enough, as this was tucked away towards the bottom!

From April 2nd until April 14th, the conversion rate to Avios is doubled!

You will receive 600 Avios points for every 250 BAA WorldPoints you convert.  The standard rate is 300 Avios per 250 WorldPoints.

Now, there are two issues with the email that went out:

It mentions 14 May and 14 April as the closing date.  The WorldPoints website confirms that the deadline is 14 April.

It says that when the promotion ends, the conversion rate will ‘revert’ to 250 Avios for 250 WorldPoints.  Since they use the word ‘revert’, I assume this is a typo and that it will actually revert to the current rate of 300 Avios.  No devaluation, hopefully!

If you are not a WorldPoints member, this fantastic WorldPoints sign-up promotion is still running.  It offers 1,000 WorldPoints for joining and spending £10, which is worth a whopping 2,400 Avios points if you redeem for ‘double Avios’ before April 14th!

You MAY still be able to get 2,400 Avios for £10 if you are flying out of Heathrow in the next few days!  Simply open a new WorldPoints account via the link in the post above, spend £10 in Heathrow duty free, keep the receipt, and then immediately scan it and email it to WorldPoints.

They will credit your account immediately (same day, usually) and the 1,000 bonus WorldPoints will be triggered.  You can then do the transfer before the 14th April and so get the double Avios.  You won’t have received your physical WorldPoints card by the 14th, but it doesn’t matter as the retro-claim process works so well.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (38)

  • Gordon says:

    Is there any way to make the qalifying spend without passing through he airport such as an online purchase?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, a Heathrow Express ticket bought online via their website. However, even a one-way is £20.

      Ironically, I will be in T5 arrivals tomorrow. If I was on my own (and not with the whole family) I would buy up a pile of wine in £10 increments and sell the receipts for £10 each!

  • JS says:

    I did not receive an email confirmation with a pin upon Worldpoints registration a month ago though I received a membership card with account number by mail. When I attempt to login using the account number on the card and requesting a pin reset I do not receive an email response. An email inquiry to Worldpoints customer service has gone unanswered. Any suggestions?

    • xcalx says:

      Could be a typo with the email you used

      • JS says:

        @xcalx, I would have thought so also but I have been receiving the Worldpoints promotional emails at the email addressed used for registration

  • Mark says:

    So if I were to sign up for a world points card today, and tomorrow take a trip to heathrow (I’m not flying but it’s not that far) and spend 10, I would get the points? Presumably I send the receipt to them explaining that my card hasn’t arrived yet and they add the points.

    Have I understood correctly? There’s no requirement for the £10 to be spent at shops that are airside?

    • Rob says:

      You’re fine, landside shops work OK. Spend the £10 in one transaction, though.

      You might as well open an account for any other family member with an Avios account at the same time and buy some more stuff. There is an M&S in T5 Arrivals, for eg, where you could buy normal groceries so you’re not losing any money.

  • Matty says:

    Awesome!!! I need only 5000 points to get a return F ticket to HKG so no need to spend so much on the Amex

  • Simon says:

    I received the newsletter and your comment that some people might not read the email closely enough, as this was tucked away towards the bottom was totally correct! I saw something about sun glasses and didn’t go any further.

    I’m in the same position as a couple of other people, booked a trip on the Heathrow Express which I haven’t taken yet and haven’t had the ponts. I emailed Customer Services a couple of days ago to ask about the rules but I haven’t had a reply yet.

    • Alan says:

      In my experience (about four trips now) the HEX points don’t post until after you’ve taken the journey I’m afraid.

      • Simon says:

        That’s a shame, thanks for letting me know Alan. Doesn’t look like I’ll be able to take advantage of this offer, I am actually in London tomorrow to go to Wembley to watch Crewe play but the only way I’d be able to get to Heathrow and back in my time limit would be a round trip on the HEX which wouldn’t make sense for 2,400 Avios.

        • Alan says:

          We need someone at LHR willing to make lots of £10 transactions at M&S that HFP readers could then scan and email in 😉

          • Simon says:

            Customer Services phoned me to respond to my email and confirmed what you said Alan the points only post after travel.

            You and Raffles are both correct about their customer service being excellent. The lady on the phone said she’d drop a note to someone as there isn’t anything on the sites that say when the points will post, the only mention is something that says, if you cancel your booking your points will be deducted from your account. Without prompting she then said she would credit my account with the 1000 welcome points from the Virgin offer! Fantastic service!

          • Alan says:

            Great result, Simon 😀 Thanks for posting back to let us know what happened – agree that was very generous of them. They’ve also kindly agreed to combine two of my accounts after I emailed them to request it – gets me close to enough to have another Avios transfer!

  • blot_bang_rub says:

    No need to scan and email a receipt; if you have your email with card number, just give the check out operator the number and they will manually enter it. I did this yesterday and the transaction’s been recorded.

  • JK says:

    Just FYI in case anyone is interested… I converted 40 Worldpoint awards (10k points – the max) to BAEC Avios on April 3rd. Today (April 9th) – 24k Avios have hit my BAEC account. Pretty quick turnaround, and delighted with the small windfall. 🙂

    • Rob says:

      Got mine today as well, converted on Fri or Sat.

      • Alan says:

        Ditto – received mine today. Conversion requested 2/4/13 (first day of offer), so they seem to have batched them. Very pleased with this from Worldpoints, especially when I add it on the EDI £10 car parking vouchers over the years, great value!

  • Matty says:

    Got myactual card within 2 business days of joining, impressed!