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Avios Recycling and Avios from BUPA deals gone?

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Two of the partnerships appear to have come to an end.

The more popular one is Avios Recycling which let you trade in a mobile phone or other appliance for points.

I was never a big fan of this opportunity as I wrote a couple of times, most recently here.  I know that some people did find it useful though.  It really came down to the individual product you were trying to trade in.


The Bupa deal is definitely dead.  It seems it ended on August 31st but no-one seemed to have noticed.  This awarded you Avios for signing up for various health plans.  It was always tricky to know if this represented a decent deal or not – it seemed to come down to whether you qualified for a special Bupa deal via a professional trade body or similar group.

Unfortunately, the amazingly uncompetitive deal to earn Avios when booking train tickets with has not gone away.  Stick with and its own loyalty scheme instead.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of 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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (4)

  • sandgrounder says:

    Totally depends on the retailer. Each one should have an estimate on the page somewhere. BT paid me in a week and a half earlier this year, I’ve waited almost a year for Tesco before now.

  • Thomas says:

    Worrying about Avios recycling. That happened quickly and quietly. Waiting for 10k from them !

  • Britbronco22 says:

    Any other good options for recycling phones?

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