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New BA On Business promotional code is worth 3,120 bonus points (worth 15,000-ish Avios)

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On Business is the other British Airways loyalty scheme!  It is aimed at companies, not individuals, and earns your business On Business points for every flight that you book.

It is important to note that the traveller ALSO receives their usual Avios when they fly.  On Business points are an extra bonus.  They can be redeemed for free flights, upgrades or Marriott hotel vouchers.

Redeeming for BA flights is an EXCELLENT deal.  Whilst you need to pay full taxes on European routes, availability – in ALL classes – is excellent.  This is because On Business rewards come from revenue tickets and not from the Avios availability ‘bucket’.  1 OB point gets you roughly the same flying distance as 5 Avios points.

Rather than repeat what I have written before, I recommend newcomers to On Business read the two part introduction that I wrote in December – Part 1 and Part 2.

There is currently an excellent sign-up bonus on offer.  It offers you 3,120 OB points via a special On Business promotional code.

Technically, this promotion is linked to BA’s new services from Leeds Bradford Airport.  However, you don’t need to be registered in that region to use the code.

To join On Business (you need a Companies House number), go to this link and add promotional code OBLBA1.  You will also still qualify for the usual new member bonus of triple points on the first six segments you credit.  You MUST sign up with an email address that is a company address and not a Yahoo / Gmail etc address, or your account will be blocked.

It is not clear when you receive the 3,120 points – whether they appear immediately or whether you need to credit a flight to the account first.  On their own, 3,120 points are good for a return flight to most of Europe.  In any event, you cannot redeem On Business points until TWO different people have credited flights to the account.

The closing date for signing up under this promotion is December 31st.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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

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 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 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 10,500 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.

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 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 (25)

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  • Manuel says:


    This is only for new accounts?

    Need to Check what promotion is better. This one or the double or something like that promo I had before. Have different companies 😉

  • Chris says:

    I’ve held back registering for this because I wanted to wait until I had higher earning flights booked to take advantage of the triple points on first 6 sectors – but I think I’ve just realised it doesn’t have to be the next 6 sectors I have booked – just the next 6 that I add the OnBusiness number to – so I can pick the 6 highest value earners (and loose out on the miles for the cheap domestics in the meantime).

    Do you know if the triple points apply to the first 6 sectors for EACH member – or just the first 6 sectors in the account as a whole?

    • Rob says:

      Account as a whole

      • Alan says:

        And am I right in thinking it only applies to BA flights? It’s just I’ve got my AA TP run in F coming up, but assuming they don’t count will apply the number to my BRU-LHR-LAX return.

  • Requesting says:

    just signed up, bonus points posted immediately. thanks for the tip! 🙂

  • lady london says:

    Can you just credit flights booked on BA flight numbers or any One world flight?

    • Rob says:

      BA and flights from revenue alliance members on those routes, ie JAL to Japan, AA to the US etc. Explained online in more detail.

  • Nodrog says:

    Am i right in assuming that points from different on business accounts can’t be combined?

    • Rob says:

      Correct. Although you can book one way redemptions so one leg could come from one account and vice versa.

  • Stephen F says:

    Just joined and received the 3120 points immediately too! This blog is great.

    So, if I book 2 flights for a “business trip” To France say, I effectively get the third free? Can I book the cheapest non flexible flights and still redeem the points? Seems there are Europe flights in Sep Oct around the £110 mark return inc taxes.

    This is a good scenario whereby we can have a trip in the short term whilst saving Avios for our major trip in a couple of years via Amex/Clubcard/Exec Club etc..

    • Rob says:

      Yes, you get points even for the cheapest economy seats. Use your points sparingly, though – they are priceless when there are no Avios seats somewhere on peak days, as OB redemptions are usually bookable.

      • Stephen F says:

        We don’t travel much as have young child now, a weekend break will be nice for us. Dates and seat availability not mission critical I suppose either, as we travel so infrequently. I intend to use the free OB points as a free ticket as I would never really earn anymore on the account through flying…

        If anyone wonders why I watch the forum and collect miles, it’s for a special trip we are saving for rather than regular travel/upgrades.

  • Me says:

    I suppose the question I’m currently asking myself, is, are those miles worth £40?

    • Me says:

      (and a bit of paperwork)

    • Rob says:

      OB points can be hugely valuable. If you read my US trip report series recently, you may remember I had to do Dusseldorf to London and London to Frankfurt, which was booked with a weeks notice for a Sunday in July. No Avios seats, cash return would have been around £400 even in Economy. Managed to get the exact flights I wanted with OnBusiness points with no trouble.

      • Me says:

        I looked into what it would take to register a company at Companies House. The £40 seemed worth it at a one-off, but it wasn’t until I saw I would have to submit company reports annually (with a charge each time) that I’m finding it a little less clear.

        That and the HMRC implications too (currently PAYE so avoid any hassle)….unless you have any tips?

        Don’t suppose OB check the company number once registered?

        • Rob says:

          No idea what checks they make …

          You could pick a company at random off the Companies House list and hope they weren’t already registered. is your friend …

  • danksy says:

    Just to add regarding formation of a company. You can form a company and keep it dormant, that way you don’t have to file much (just dormant accounts and annual return) . HOWEVER, if you don’t file anything having registered you could be fined as a Director!

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