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Have you been asked to join the ‘Avios Advisory Hub’?

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A few weeks, Avios sent a few people the following email, inviting them to join a special private community to discuss the future of Avios points:

Advisory hub

Needless to say, I didn’t get one.  (Although I am happy to send the guys in Crawley my daily consultancy rates if they want a chat!)

But did you?  And if you did, what is the discussion like?

We’d be keen to know ….


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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

10,500 points bonus – 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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (14)

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  • John smith says:

    For those that have signed up and dont realise, the NDA you agreed to at signup prohibits any such disclosure, either openly or privately.

  • mickey mouse says:

    just give a fake name and email address and who will know

  • John smith says:

    Nice set of morals there

  • Phil says:

    I got the invite but didn’t get accepted

  • Tim says:

    Well the talk so far has been about making Avios ‘more British’ and less European to reflect current trends. So instead of Avios we could have Air Pennies (and Air Pesetas for Iberia Plus). Also about switching airlines to either Easyjet or Ryanair in return for a double conversion rate from Avios to Air Pennies. However, Luggage, food and drinks would all be extra Pennies. There is also a proposal to convert the BA and Iberia lounges in to queuing areas for members only.

    • Adam says:

      Air Pennies? Switching to RyanAir and Easyjet? Horrendous.

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    Tim,

    My group had a different take.

    The concern was that once Scotland votes for independence, there will no longer be a Britain (certainly not a UNITED Kingdom)

    So one thought was to rename BA as AA (Avios Airways) to link it even closer to the scheme – and the same could happen to Iberia. Removes those nasty national nuances. Spain is also going through a break-up process with the Catalans and Basques.

    It would also help with AA code shares etc across the Atlantic.

    • Mike says:

      (Great) Britain is an island, which won’t cease existing. There’s no reason why BA could not operate in two countries, like SAS.

      • Alan says:

        Getting off topic, but I’d also point out that based on polls to date it’s probably more likely that Scotland votes no rather than yes to independence!

      • Tim says:

        If only the Romans had been into water transport instead of walls, we could have had Hadrian’s canal and Scotland would have been an island.

  • AAH member says:

    On a more serious note, I am part of the AAH. I’m not going to disclose any of the details, due to the NDA as mentioned previously, but in general terms, nothing really revolutionary or exciting has really been discussed so far. We have been asked for our opinion on the scheme, and the type of responses received have not been any different to the opinions voiced on FT (or on here for that matter). We haven’t been informed of any planned or possible changes to date.

    I have however realised that in my 12 months in the scheme so far, I have learned a lot from FT and this site. I have been sharing some of that information (and yes, I have plugged headforpoints!) with the other users. It has made me aware of the fact that most Avios collectors really don’t seem to know that much about the scheme and how to get the best from it.

  • AAH member says:

    PS but we do get 750 Avios a month if we are in the top 100 posters (easy). The first month it was a £5 Amazon voucher, but many people were unhappy with this arrangement!

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