More free Avios via Avios Suitcase … including 20 secret ones
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Yes, I know, its only a handful of Avios. However, I feel I have a moral obligation to share this one given that this is what Head for Points is all about! Miles earning tips so trivial that no-one else will print them …..
I have written about Avios Suitcase before. It is a Facebook application that lets you earn Avios points in avios.com by completing a few simple tasks, such as following Avios UK on Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t played before, you should be able to earn around 150 Avios very quickly.
(The linked post talks of over 300 Avios. However, the tasks seem to have been devalued in recent weeks.)
There are two reasons why you SHOULD play Avios Suitcase:
The points post overnight (or within 48 hours at most), so you aren’t hanging around for them
They reset the clock for the ‘earn 1 Avios every 12 months to use Reward Flight Saver’ privilege at avios.com. Remember that avios.com has better European availability for economy Avios flights than ba.com, so there is a real chance that you may occasionally end up booking via avios.com even if your main account is at ba.com.
A new sticker appeared on my wifes Avios Suitcase account this week – ‘Avios Adviser’. This encourages you to visit their Facebook page and leave a tip about collecting Avios. (I recommend you write ‘Read Head for Points every day’!)
You don’t need to actually need to write anything on the Facebook page, though. Just click ‘Share’ and you get your 20 Avios.
And a secret bonus!
Even if you have already ‘earned’ all the ‘stickers’ at Avios Suitcase, you won’t have earned these 20 bonus points though! This is what you do:
Log into Facebook via the mobile app and visit the official Heathrow Airport page. Click ‘Check In’ – it will set your status to “xxxxx is at Heathrow Airport”. You do not need to be at Heathrow to do this!
Log into the Avios Suitcase app. You will have an alert waiting for you which thanks you for checking in at Heathrow. If you look at your Avios Suitcase points balance, it will have increased by 20 Avios.
There is no mention of this offer on the Heathrow or Avios Suitcase sites, but it definitely works as long as you use the mobile app.
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 Mastercard
25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review
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.