B&Q is the only major retailer not to accept American Express cards, which means that Avios collectors with British Airways American Express cards tend to give it a wide berth.
(There is a way around this – you can go to Tesco and buy a pile of B&Q gift cards on your American Express card and then redeem them in B&Q, but it is a bit of a pain, to put it midly.)
It may or may not be a coincidence, then, that Avios is the latest partner to join The B&Q Club.
Here is a summary of the deal:
- You can only collect Avios on kitchen, bathroom and bedroom products, including installation
- You can collect on instore and internet orders
- This offer expires on 2nd February – it is not a permanent offer
- You need to join The B&Q Club and link your Avios number
- You can link either an avios.com or British Airways Executive Club account
- Avios will be triggered 45 days after your purchase, to allow for any refunds
Here are the earnings rates:
- Spend £1 – £1,999 and collect 2 Avios per £1 on the total transaction value.
- Spend £2,000 – £4,999 and collect 3 Avios per £1 on the total transaction value.
- Spend £5,000 or more and collect 5 Avios per £1 on the total transaction value
Spending is cumulative across the period to 2nd February. If you spend £1,999 in November and another £1,000 in December, the second purchase would earn at the ‘3 Avios per £1’ rate.
As this deal does not include general decorating products (paint etc) it is obviously not as good as it could have been. Any new partner is an improvement, though.
If you’re buying paint, stick to buying £50-worth of B&Q gift cards in Tesco – you’ll earn 150 Clubcard points as a bonus for spending £50 on gift cards, and rack up some Amex spend.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.