(EDIT, January 2014 – since this post was written, the scheme has been devalued. You can now only earn roughly 150 Avios from it. The points now post within 48 hours, not necessarily overnight.)
Avios.com has launched a Facebook app called Avios Suitcase. This is currently in beta mode, ahead of a wider roll out. However, anyone can join – and there are 390 Avios to be collected for free if you do.
First, you need to search for ‘Avios Suitcase’ in the Facebook search bar. You will then be invited to install an app. Note the warning:
Avios Suitcase will receive the following info: your public profile, friend list, email address, News Feed, birthday, status updates and likes.
What is Avios Suitcase?
It is probably best if I quote from the site:
Avios suitcase is a new innovation we are trialling where you can collect Avios for your everyday actions in social media. You can play for fun or link your Avios Travel Rewards Programme account to start building a balance you can spend on flights. You could be sharing links, watching videos, checking into places where you collect Avios or even getting friends on board. Check in regularly as we challenge you to complete tasks, collect stickers and watch as your Avios suitcase balance grows.
How does it work?
It’s not fully clear to me yet, to be honest!
However, I do know that, simply by ‘unlocking my suitcase’ (ie clicking a button) I earned 100 Avios points!
I then linked my avios.com account number to Avios Suitcase. That earned me another 150 Avios!
I then ‘liked’ the Avios Facebook page. That got me another 20 Avios.
I then had 270 Avios which theoretically would go across at the end of the month. However, in reality they went across overnight! I joined on Monday and I got the Avios overnight on Monday.
You can, I believe, get up to 390 Avios by sharing certain things to your wall to earn two other ‘badges’ but I didn’t do that.
It is not yet clear what the big plan is for Avios Suitcase. However, you might as well join up and give it a go. Once you’ve banked your Avios, you can easily delete the app from Facebook.