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 (January 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:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.
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.