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British Airways is currently running a shopping promotion aimed at overseas visitors called “The Big British Invite”.

One of the promotions is an interesting range of shopping discounts:

Up to 20% off at Westfield Shepherds Bush or Stratford

15% off at McArthur Glen outlets

10% off at Bicester Village

10% off at Amanda Wakeley

10% off at Burlington Arcade

10% off at Liberty

…. amongst others.

Full details can be found here.  This is the BA China site and it also appears on the Indian site.

You will need to show an international (ie long haul) British Airways boarding pass to receive your discount.  Theoretically, it is only open to non-UK residents, but that is going to be a tricky one to disprove!

Most of the offers run until the end of March.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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

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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.

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 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 (9)

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  • Col A-B says:

    It’ll be interesting if I share my upcoming inbound YVR-LHR boarding card via screenshot with friends who are going shopping at Bicester Village next week to see if they get the discount. And if I’ll earn any Avios thanks to them!

  • Will says:

    It’d be interesting to know if this is above the normal 10% that most people can get when they visit the info desk for a one day only ‘VIP’ card.

  • ck says:

    Is there a list of participating shops/restaurants and how much the discount is? Also, you can get the same offer with a receipt from visitbritain.com.

  • rp says:

    I used this offer at bicester, it is effectively the VIP offer (10% off) so you can’t double up the discounts. Some stores are excluded; Prada etc from memory. I showed my BA e-ticket on my email to the people at the visitors desk and it was sufficient to get the discount. FYI – I am a UK resident, I wasnt asked to prove otherwise.

  • TimS says:

    Terms (for Westfield at least) include:

    · Valid for non-UK residents only
    · Must be claimed within seven days of arriving into the UK on a British Airways operated or marketed (codeshare) flight with boarding pass and/or booking confirmation
    · Valid on British Airways flight numbers inbound to the UK only
    · 1 VIP Pass per boarding pass
    · Additional terms apply – see VIP Pass for full list

  • flyforfun says:

    At Bicester I was able to show my BA Andriod app boarding pass and they were happy with that.

    Some stores had a £50 minimum. Bought a pair of shoes at Clarks that was £49 and was refused. Added a £3 bottle of shoe cleaner and got the 10% off!

  • Anon says:

    Like others we did the 10% VIP at Bicester – we only live down the road. A boarding pass to Aberdeen was enough to get it. Sad thing is we weren’t really in the mood. Got a coffee at Starbucks and that was about it!

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