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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 (May 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 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 (40)

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  • JQ says:

    I wouldn’t call Egypt EU… also, Ireland is excluded

  • Jason says:

    I assume redemption flights don’t count! 🙁

  • Manuel says:

    Every flight does iT mean 1 ticket with 6 flights in it will earn 6* 30.000?

    • Col A-B says:

      No – the lead in sentences in the headline terms of this piece say it is xx000 Avios per return flight.

    • Jac says:

      I understand the TC that every long haul sector would count, but the bonus points are only awarded after flying 2 sectors. Therefore an outbound flight (day) in WTP and return in C would earn tthe bonus but a second trip would earn 45K bonus…

  • Col A-B says:

    Is it possibly to have 2 BAEC accounts for the same person?
    1 based in the UK & 1 in the EU, then just have them in the same household account umbrella?

    • Mark says:

      Please explain how?

      I thought that a household account meant that all members of the household account lived at the same address.

    • Raffles says:

      No, BA takes a dim view of this. Although they would not notice if you were careful, including keeping your passport number out of your profile.

      • JQ says:

        But when you check in won’t your passport number get recorded? Unless you only fly domestic on one account.

        • Rob says:

          No. I can tell you, from having to input my little boys passport details every time we fly (because I have been too lazy to update his BAEC account profile) that – even if your BAEC number is in a booking – the passport details you add in via Manage My Booking do NOT get copied across to your profile.

  • Alan says:

    Unlike Hilton, I have seen BA enforce this ‘prior bookings are ineligible’ rule in the past – once for a US Airways promo (when they were incorrect in doing so as it was against the offer T&Cs!) but also on the majority of On Business promos, where they seem unwilling to budge.

    • Ian says:

      I just tried to register a previous booking with a September 20th departure and it came back saying I was illegible for the offer:

      Seems to be this time BA are sticking with the terms.

  • Chris says:

    I wonder if Moscow to London and v.v. would be classed as long haul for the purpose of the promotion?

    • Raffles says:

      On a 747 you fly Club World so it would count. On a short haul plane, possibly not.

  • Brian says:

    Love the website as always BUT
    Britain is part of Europe geographically, and to refer to it as outside Europe is nonsensical.

    From the looks of its almost all countries in Europe apart from the UK, plus a few others.

    • Mark says:

      It’s just another time that we the UK consumer getting done over again…….!

    • Duncan says:

      This confused me as well – read “If you live in Europe” as including the UK, only to find out later that we’re not included!

    • Rob says:

      I am simply following BA who call this a Europe promo!

      • Alan says:

        Although I guess if Eire is excluded to then it could be they’re meaning “continental Europe”! 🙂

  • Andrew says:

    “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.”

    From experience, “combine my Avios” doesn’t work with a UK based and a US based Executive Club. When I called, I was told that “combine my Avios” only works when both accounts are in the same country.

    • RogerWilco says:

      Works without a glitch for UK-based avios and EU-based BAEC accounts

    • Rob says:

      If so, this is fairly new. When my BA account lived in Germany (when the Gold threshold was lower) I was able to use it. The rule was, I think, that you needed name plus email or date of birth – country never came into it.

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