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Triple Avios from Amex Currency Exchange and Moneycorp

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British Airways is running a special promotion in conjunction with its two foreign exchange partners, American Express Currency Exchange and Moneycorp (Terminal 5 only).

From today until 6th January, you will receive 3 Avios per £1 exchanged.  You must exchange a minimum of £400 to qualify.

P-l-e-a-s-e, though, do not take up this offer with Moneycorp.  Due to the terms of BA’s agreement with Amex Currency Exchange, Moneycorp will only award Avios points for ‘walk-up’ purchases.  The ‘walk-up’ rate at Moneycorp – and indeed Travelex – at Heathrow is absolutely shocking.

If you pre-order for collection at Moneycorp in Terminal 5, you will not receive any Avios points.  You will, though, save a fortune, so I recommend you take that route.

American Express Currency Exchange (website here) will deliver to your home, and delivery is free if you spend over £500.  You can also order for collection at Edinburgh and Birmingham airports.  They are closing all of their Heathrow outlets – Terminal 5 has already gone and T1, 3 and 4 are following soon if they are not already closed.

Remember that pre-order and home delivery purchases at American Express Currency Exchange on an Amex-issued American Express card are treated as a purchase.   This means that you will also earn SPG points / Avios / Membership Rewards points on the transaction, and spending counts towards any sign-up bonus.

(Whenever I write this, someone rings Amex to check that I am right.  The Amex call centre tells the caller that I am wrong.  I am not.  Trust me.)

For clarity – ONLY Amex-issued Amex cards are treated as a ‘purchase’.  If you use an MBNA Amex card (eg BMI, AA, United) or Lloyds Amex card, you will be charged the 3% cash advance fee and you will not earn any miles from your credit card.  Be warned!

American Express Currency Exchange will also sell you Sterling Travellers Cheques for a 1.5% fee.  Most banks will allow you to pay these into your account directly.  It is not clear if these count for ‘triple Avios’ or not – in theory, £ travellers cheque purchases do not give Avios.  The transaction does count as a purchase on your Amex-issued Amex credit or charge card, though.


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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:

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:

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.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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.

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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 sign-up 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 (41)

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  • Phil says:

    Had £500 worth delivered from AMEX currency exchange, ordered on a new preferred rewards gold card
    The transaction shows on account but no MR rewards points and the sign up bonus has not deducted the £500 from required spend.
    There does not appear to be a cash advance fee still.
    Just sharing my experiance but they may have sharpened up.

    • Rob says:

      MR points always appear 1-2 days later than the statement item.

      It is impossible for it to be treated as a purchase and not earn MR.

    • What's the Point says:

      I purchased £505 worth of $US.
      Amex Gold MR posted fine, just waiting for the Avios to come through now.
      Any ideas how long the Avios normally take to post?

  • Thunderbirds says:

    I purchased Euro 1000 on my AMEX Gold and this came through as a purchase.
    Tried my BAPP before this but would not go through. I’ve now found out what my limits are for each card which can only be done by phoning as it is not reported anywhere online.
    Posted on my AMEX account as 869 MR points plus a 2500 MR point bonus giving a total of 3369 MR points for a £869 spend.

  • Chris says:

    Anyone know if pre orders at MoneyCorp also count as an Amex purchase or just at American Express currency exchanges?

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