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BA EU promo: 30,000 Avios in Club World & 15,000 Avios in World Traveller Plus

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British Airways is determined that the ‘back to work’ push after the Summer goes with a bang this year – especially as recent trading updates from the major European airlines show a distinct softening in demand.

If you live in Europe – or your British Airways account lives in Europe – this is a very attractive deal.

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Here are the headline terms:

Receive 30,000 bonus Avios for EVERY Club World or First return flight

Receive 15,000 bonus Avios for EVERY World Traveller Plus return flight

Valid on all BA long-haul flights

For flights across the Atlantic to North America, Mexico and Puerto Rico, you can also travel on American, Iberia, US Airways, Finnair or the Openskies services from New York to Paris.

Valid for travel from September 1st to December 19th

Flights must have been booked after August 20th (historically, BA has never imposed this rule even though it always appears)

There is NO LIMIT to the number of times you can earn the bonus

The bonus is on top of the standard Avios you would receive

You MUST register for this promotion or you will not receive the bonus

Your BA account must be based on one of these countries:  Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City State

The registration page is here – you MUST register in order to receive the bonus Avios.

What is very generous about this deal is that pretty much ALL ticket classes count.   In Club World, you can book J, C, D, R or I – these includes the cheap(er) non-refundable tickets.  In World Traveller Plus you can book into W, E or T ticket classes.

WARNING:  If you live in the UK, you could move your British Airways account to a European address to qualify for this offer.  However, you cannot earn Avios with a British Airways American Express card if you account is based outside the UK.  Your Avios would sit with Amex and would not transfer across until your account moved back to the UK.  Your Amex 241 voucher would also be blocked.  You cannot move your account back to the UK for 6 months.

Similarly, you cannot convert Tesco Clubcard points to a BA account based outside the UK.  This is easy to circumvent, however, as you can simply transfer to instead and then use Combine My Avios to move them across.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2024)

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.

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

40,000 bonus points 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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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 (40)

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  • Petar says:

    As i read it it say that only a transatlantic flights will count.
    Are you sure that other transcontinental flights will count too?

  • Lady London says:

    Anyone know does the UK get its own similarly valuable promotion later?
    jus’ hoping…

  • Frank says:

    When trying to register I get the error ‘Your registration has been unsuccessful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer’

    Any ideas? – my account is new Exec account based in Germany

    • Rob says:

      Odd, should be fine – it clearly says new accounts should be OK. Give it 24 hours for the new account to ‘settle’ in the system and then call if necessary.

  • Max says:

    Was interested to see you say they don’t always the ‘new bookings only rule’. I have 2 CW returns to the states which I booked a few months back and tried to register those, got the same error message. Seems they were more organised this time!

    Has anyone who booked previously had success?

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