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Earning Avios points with

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A few days ago I wrote about how to earn Avios when booking a package holiday via

I thought I would take a look at some other partners. If you are a British Airways Executive Club member, you will need to have an account to collect from these partners, and then use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them across. has been an Avios partner since the scheme relaunched in November 2011. 

Basically, you earn 2 Avios points for every £1 you spend on train tickets via their site which is accessed via the Avios e-store.

(This seems to have been changed from the original 20 Avios points per £10, which offered a poorer deal as they only paid in multiples of £10.)

Now, train tickets are fundamentally commodity products, but the various booking sites have got very crafty recently when adding extra fees.

mytrainticket adds £1.70 to receive your tickets by post (free for station collection) plus a £1 booking fee and 2.9% for using a credit card.

This is in line with (with a 2% credit card fee and a £1.50 booking fee, albeit no postage fee). However, newcomer has no booking or card fees at all (and last week – although now all gone – was giving out 3 x £5 vouchers to all Clubcard holders as I wrote here).

It is also important to remember that some train companies offer exclusive discounts on their cheapest tickets for booking via their own website – East Coast, for example, deducts an extra 10% from its cheapest seats. also offers 2% cashback if you go via Quidco instead of via the e-store. This means that you are effectively paying 1p per Avios point, which may be more or less than you value them.

Last year I wrote a two long posts how to maximise your rewards when booking train travel – see here and here. East Coast Rewards was my preferred option, with the possibility of getting up to 10p of value back per £1 spent in rewards, albeit in East Coast train tickets.

All-in-all, I do not consider the Avios / mytrainticket deal to be a great deal – although, of course, it is better than nothing.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (8)

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  • swissy says:

    RSH is no longer available on Tesco Clubcard Perks.

    • Rob says:

      Thanks, will amend

    • Trevor says:

      Yup, sadly they dropped off pretty smartly at least a week ago already. Luckily I did get 3 x vouchers through 3 x CC a/c’s.

  • swissy says:

    And RSH have their own loyalty programme – so double dipping gives an extra 1%

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Considering that you have to pay a booking and card fee (the latter of which would kill card miles), I think that ‘better than nothing’ might be a generous verdict!

    • John says:

      That shouldn’t happen, you are probably just specifying the fares incorrectly. All possible rail fares (even ones that can’t be purchased via websites) are listed on

  • Andrew says:

    It’s worth noting that if you registered on mytrainticket in its early days then you don’t pay a booking or card fee. I used it in the old AirMiles days so benefit from this.

  • Trevor says:

    Further to the above time trials, yesterday I purchased tickets on RSH and collected them successfully 8min later, despite their 2hr quoted collection delay !

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