Poor old British Airways. Sometimes they just back the wrong horse!
Back in September 2012, they moved their currency partnership away from Travelex and across to American Express Currency Exchange. ACE became the only place that you could earn Avios from travel money.
(More importantly, as I wrote here, ACE treated your transaction as a purchase if you used an Amex card to pay for it, so you also earned credit card miles with your transaction! This was especially good if you had a sign-up bonus to reach.)
But now, Amex Currency Exchange has been given the boot by BAA, the owners of Terminal 5. Today is either the last day of operation or the first day of closure, depending on how you interpret the message on their website!
ACE will continue to operate out of the other Heathrow terminals. It will also continue to supply foreign currency for home delivery. BA’s FX partner, though, will no longer be able to supply you with currency in BA’s home terminal!
PS. I believe that Moneycorp is taking over where Amex left off. Let’s see what sort of BA relationship they have.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
Do you have a small business? Until 20th May 2021, you can receive a special sign-up bonus worth 29,900 Avios with the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa credit card. This offer is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to learn more.
(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.)