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Up to 25% bonus when you buy Avios points before 1st June

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British Airways and have launched another ‘buy Avios’ promotion, offering a bonus of up to 25% for purchases before 1st June.

The link to buy is here.

Frankly, this is not an impressive deal. The bonus on 1,000 Avios is nothing – despite costing a rip-off £31. The bonus on 2,000 to 6,000 is a pathetic 100 Avios points. You need to spend over £447 on 27,000 Avios to benefit from the full 7,000 Avios – 25% – bonus.

The full list of bonuses is:

Buy 2,000 to 7,000 – 100 bonus Avios

Buy 8,000 to 13,000 – 1,000 bonus Avios

Buy 14,000 to 19,000 – 2,000 bonus Avios

Buy 20,000 to 26,000 – 3,000 bonus Avios

Buy 27,000 Avios – 7,000 bonus Avios


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (12)

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  • Simon says:

    Brilliant website. Pleased to see I already have similar wallet of cards to such an expert. One question I have…. Do u have any concerns that churning cards, applying/cancelling will have any impact on your credit score???

    • Andrew s says:

      Each financial company will review your credit record based on its own criteria, so there is no universal “credit score”

      The fact of churning credit cards, i do not feel is a priority for institutions. I feel it’s more determined by 1) Missed Payments 2) Total available credit available to you Vs Income 3) Debt on the available credit. The only exception to this is if you have applied for a batch of credit in a short space of time, which might make the institutions nervous you have a financial problem.

      For example until I did a “cull” I held about 17 credit cards a few months ago.

      • Simon says:

        Yeh that was my actual concern. If I take out half a dozen cards for all the various sign on bonuses….. Might look like I am desperate for a load of credit when not the case at all.

    • Rob says:

      No. The only thing that may be an issue is having lots of ‘open’ cards since firms look at your current total credit limits as % of income. This can be managed by closing cards you don’t use and reducing credit limits which are too high. Don’t reduce them too far, though, as card companies also want to see you existing carefully inside your limits – someone who spends up to the limit each month is clearly struggling.

  • Martin says:

    For a redemption doing an upgrade from WT+ it could be a good option, it’s effectively a CW upgrade for the cost of a WT+ ticket plus £335.

    • Martin says:

      Should have said, that price is based on a 80k zone, Boston, New York etc

  • Richard says:

    I’ve already bought the maximum Avios from Avios this year. Can I buy some from BA as well?

    • Idrive says:

      yes, you can buy the max on both, and also on Iberia

      • Richard says:

        Thanks for that. I’m forced into desperate measures by Tesco’s current meanness.

        • Idrive says:

          What do you mean exactly?

          • Richard says:

            Tesco seem to be concentrating on discounts rather than giving out points recently. Any offers they do do are normally for less points than in the past. The points I use are for first class travel once a year so are worth a lot more to me than tuppence off a Yoghurt.

        • James67 says:

          A little caution would be advisable. At best with this offer you are buying just over 76 avios/£. For a start, I have seen 70 avios/£ value using the cash and miles options presented when booking BA and selected partners. Value may even exceed this as I have not paid the cash and miles route much attention. UuA might also be worth considering. If you are buying all thr miles you need for a redemption then AA is likely a better option, especially for middle east, Africa and Idia where buying all the miles required in a good promo can beat revenue tickets assuming award seats are available. Finally, always check revenue fares. AY, MH and UL in partcular can have very attractive premium fares etting you a good number of avios and tier points in addition.

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