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How to earn 7+ Avios per £1 at Next, via Directory and in-store

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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 cardsThis 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.

Next store

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 TescoTheir 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 credit cards

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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also 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

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 (69)

  • Mick says:

    hey guys…wondering if any of you know if and when BA refund £1 card verification charge to your 3V when paying towards a holiday. I still have not had a refund.

    if its a case of calling for every card then I don’t think it would be worth the hassle paying this way ?

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