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Double Avios when you fly TAM and US Airways in the coming weeks

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Both US Airways and Brazilian airline TAM joined British Airways in the oneworld alliance this week.  I wrote a piece on US Airways here and there will be a very interesting piece on TAM on Monday ….!

As is traditionally the case for new alliance members, BA is offering double Avios when you fly with TAM and US Airways.

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The TAM offer runs from 1st May to 31st May.

The US Airways offer runs from 31st March to 30th June, which is obviously a lot more practical.

‘Double Avios’ will be based on the base Avios points to be earned from the flight, and does not include any cabin bonus.

There is no need to register for the promotion – you will receive your double Avios automatically.

You can find full details of both promotions on the ‘Executive Club’ news and offers page here.

If you collect American Airlines miles or any other oneworld programme, there will probably be a similar offer available – check the programme website for details.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

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:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 long list of travel benefits 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 (11)

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  • tim says:

    Thanks Raffles. I have an internal BR flight in May. You may have helped me decide between GOL and TAM.

    • tim says:

      In the end I booked with GOL because their fares were cheaper and for only 15 USD I has able to select a seat towards the front with the middle seat blocked. Was pleasantly surprised during the booking process to find that I could enter an Iberia Plus FF number so it looks like I will get a handful of Avios after all.

      • tim says:

        a bit more exploring on Iberia’s site shows that Avios can be used for GOL redemption. This may open up more options for when TAM redemptions on domestic Brazilian flights are not available. I have no idea how good value GOL redemptions are, but I would add that some of both TAM’s and GOL’s cash fares are dirt cheap anyway.

  • flieduk says:

    Interestingly enough BAEC is showing economy US as double TP (70 Transatlantic) but normal avios. Weird

  • liam says:

    Is this offer valid when booked directly through US airways, or is booking through the BA site required?

    Thanks!

  • Akhil Gupta says:

    Excellent deal,

    Have some US airways long haul flights booked for June which is lucky! Just a quick question, I put my Cathay Pacific Gold number as my frequently flyer number for the booking. Should I be able to choose the preferred seats (i.e. exit row etc), its showing as $61 per seat at the moment. I know once I put my Cathay frequent flyer details on an american airlines flight and managed to choose main cabin extra for $0. Is this something that should show automatically or do I need to call them?

    Thanks

    • Rob says:

      US Airways is still running mainly on its old rules, not AA’s, and I don’t know if US ever gave free seat allocation to elite members.

      • Akhil Gupta says:

        Thanks for the reply

        Just did a bit of reading. US airways shows the benefits of choosing preferred seating for elite members (however it doesn’t say that this is a free benefit!)

  • Johnny5a says:

    thanks for this – annoyingly all but one of my flights are in April. only one in May.

    better than nothing I guess 🙂

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