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Earn bonus Avios when you shop at Bicester Village in Oxfordshire

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British Airways Executive Club is a partner with Bicester Village, the designer shopping outlet mecca in the Chilterns.

The link to the BA earning deal is here (click on Chic Outlet Shopping).  You earn 5 Avios points for every £4 you spend. You need to take your receipts to the Visitor Centre at the end of the day and have them credit your account. You also earn Avios at the other outlet sites around Europe owned by the same group.

Until the end of March, however, you will earn triple Avios.  This means you will receive 15 Avios for every £4.  You need to download the PDF voucher here and print it out before you travel.

For bigger spenders, though, there is a better deal.

Bicester Village is also a partner with Iberia PlusHere is the Chic Outlet Shopping page on iberia.com.

As you can see, until 31st March you will receive 1,000 bonus Avios in Iberia Plus when you spend £250.  This is a better deal than the British Airways ‘triple Avios’ offer.  Note that the website says ‘when you spend €250’ but they use a 1:1 conversion rate so you will need to spend £250 to qualify.

The full list of Bicester Village airline partners can be found here.  They also work with Etihad, Flying Blue, Miles & More, Krisflyer, Virgin Atlantic and United amongst others.

Other Bicester tips

If you are an AA (ie Automobile Association, not American Airlines!) member, take your membership card with you.  Flash it in the Visitors Centre and you receive a 10% discount card valid (with no minimum spend) in any of the cafes or restaurants.

The 10% discount applies in every retailer except Prada (possibly one or two others but I couldn’t spot them) but only on ‘full-price discounted’ merchandise, if you know what I mean! Anything discounted further than its original Bicester price does not qualify.

Bicester Village is an easy train ride from London Marylebone with fast trains taking just under an hour.  The train ticket includes the shuttle bus from Bicester North station to the village.

The range of shops is unmatched anywhere in Britain. The ‘poshest’ is probably Loro Piana, with Prada, Gucci, Armani (mainly cheaper Armani lines), Ferragamo, Zegna, Missoni, Burberry (a h-u-g-e store) following on, all the way down to Superdry and Ted Baker. Stock is massively variable, though, especially at the high end brands, so you can’t be too focussed on what you go for.

The Polo Ralph Lauren outlet seems to primarily sell ‘made for outlet’ lines which are not actually available in ‘normal’ stores. I’m not sure what other Bicester brands do this as well, presumably the US-owned ones are most likely to do so as the US is the real global heart of the outlet store.

So …. if you fancy a shopping trip to Bicester, pull out your British Airways Executive Club or Iberia card and get down there before the end of March. And, if you value your sanity, try to avoid weekends.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)

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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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 (14)

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  • Slapshot says:

    The only downside of receiving all the great informationon in your blog is having to then explain it to the staff and customer agents at various companies!

    Anyway, I used this today and went down the Iberia route. Initially, I didn’t get the 1000 bonus, but on questioning, they (in a very helpful way) asked to see the promotion and added it manually, so double check.

  • Helen Ayres says:

    Hi there

    Regardinf:

    “Bicester Village is an easy train ride from London Marylebone with fast trains taking just under an hour. The train ticket includes the shuttle bus from Bicester North station to the village.”

    The train ticket does not cover the shuttle bus. You cannot buy this ticket online, only at a ticket office.

    The return ticket is £4.30. One-way is £2.20. I caught the bus yesterday and the bus driver said he gets loads of people thinking their train ticket covers the shuttle.

    This is only the case if your train ticket states Bicester Village as the destination. You can’t buy this ticket online, nor via an app.

    My ticket was from London Marylebone to Bicester North, so did not include the shuttle.

    Hope this is useful info for you to update your piece.

    Helen

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Helen. The ticket machines at Marylebone do let you buy Bicester Village tickets too.

  • Polly says:

    Tangey, are you based in dub by any chance, as am desperate to help my coz get using and earning avios.. He travels a lot, but tesco boosts over ther etc. tnx if you know any short cuts, great.

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