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Get 6.25 Avios per £1 when you shop at Bicester Village

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Back in September, I wrote a piece about Bicester Village, who had joined as a British Airways Executive Club partner.

Everything you need to know about Bicester, including my trip report out there (!), can be found in this Bicester Village post.

Until August 15th, you can earn 500% more Avios than usual!

At Bicester, you will earn 25 Avios points for every £4 you spend.  At the European outlets owned by the same group, you will earn 25 Avios for every Euro 4 you spend, which is an even better deal.

All you need to do is to present your British Airways Executive Card and your receipts at the Welcome Centre before you leave.

Do try to avoid visiting Bicester at the weekends, though, as I’m not sure the stress would be worth even 500% bonus Avios.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:

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 £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 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 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 (11)

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  • Sideysid says:

    Was thinking of getting a Tag watch there, this maybe the ideal time…

  • Sinizter says:

    Would buying gift cards / gift vouchers qualify for this offer ?
    The small print doesn’t exclude them.

    I’m not sure any amount of Avios could tempt me to go to this place on a weekend. The last time I went, the only reason I got parking was that someone pulled out of a space right in front of me. I saw the cars ahead and behind circle the car park multiple times before they could park up. And it is a very large car park.

    • Nick Burch says:

      Driving there is a nightmare, as is parking. Bicester Town station is right next to the shopping centre (trains from Oxford), and there’s a shuttle bus from Bicester North station (trains from London / High Wycombe / Birmingham). Alternately, quite a few buses stop nearby the village, such as the X5 Oxford / MK / Bedford / Cambridge. Otherwise, on a sunny day, it’s a very nice cycle from Oxford!

  • Sayad says:

    A colleague of mine spent £900 there on Tuesday, didn’t know about this until I read your post this morning. Could we get the points added retrospectively if we went back with our receipts and BA Exec membership card?

    • Rob says:

      In theory no – the rules say the receipts must be presented the same day. You could post your receipt to the Welcome Centre with your BA number and ask nicely, nothing to lose!

    • Sinizter says:

      It might still be possible to get the normal rate retrospectively. But not the promo rate as it is clearly excluded.

  • flyforfun says:

    I haven’t had a new card in a few years (just a humble blue) . Will it matter that it’s “expired” or can I show them my phone app with the details on?

  • Darren Ashpole says:

    Also if you have an AA Membership card theoretically you can get a 10% VIP discount booklet (haven’t tried it myself) through the AA’s affiliation to ARC Europe.

  • creampuff says:


    I just bought a Todd bag there and I didn’t know about this and so didn’t do anything!

    • Sinizter says:

      Retro claim for the points. You should get atleast the normal points – which can be retroclaimed as per terms and conditions even if they do not award the promotional rate (which specifically excludes retroclaims).

  • sarah gorman says:

    I’m in the same position with receipts and money spent before I knew about this at all. Will try and retrospectively claim just normal points, does anyone know whether this can be done online/ remotely?

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