For non-UK readers, Next is a hugely popular mid-market chain of clothing and homeware stores, possibly best known for the huge crowds which always attends its sales.
If you spend at Next, there are two ways of earning a lot of Avios points for your shopping.
Via Next Directory
Many people don’t know that you can pay off your Next Directory account using Next gift cards. This page on the Next website explains how.
Next gift cards can be bought at Tesco. They are one of the most common gift cards they sell – a tiny Tesco Express may only sell 3-4 gift cards but Next is often included.
As most Head for Points readers know, you earn 150 bonus Clubcard points for every £50 you spend on giftcards (excluding Tesco gift cards) in Tesco. Their website confirms it here.
This means that you are earning (150 x 2.4 =) 360 Avios per £50 of gift cards you buy (7.2 Avios per £1).
If you have an Amex Gold, you would also earn an extra 1 point per £1. Supermarket shopping in your first year earns 2 Amex points per £1 whilst Next usually earns 1 Amex point per £1.
You can overpay your Next bill to empty out each gift card in full. The balance sits on your account as a credit.
Via Next shops
You can use the same method when purchasing good in-store at Next by buying gift cards from Tesco in advance.
That is a bit risky, of course, because you might get to Next only to find that they don’t have anything you want to buy!
If you have been a Next Directory customer for more than six months, there is an alternative. You can ask for a Next Directory Card. This allows you to buy items in-store and charge them to your Next Directory account – from where you can pay the bill at your convenience using Next gift cards from Tesco.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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