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Most Head for Points readers will already have an account to sit alongside their British Airways Executive Club account.

There are various reasons for doing this.  It lets you collect via more partners (eg the Lloyd Avios Rewards credit cards, e-Rewards) and it lets you redeem differently.  As well as having different airline partners (Aurigny, Monarch, Air Malta), you can also redeem for sporting events and other non-travel bits and pieces.

150 free Avios

If you or anyone in your BA Household Account does not have an account, now is a decent time to open one.

I opened one for my father-in-law last week.  Yesterday, he got an email offering 150 free Avios points for completing a very short survey on his travel preferences.

When you sign up for, don’t complete any of the questions about how often you travel or where you go.  This makes it more likely that you will be offered a similar 150 Avios points for completing your data.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 Visa card

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 (8)

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  • Aliks says:

    OT but related to Avios

    I just hit the Welcome Bonus today on the BA Amex Premium Plus card. Sadly, the monthly sweep of avios to BA happened last week. Next sweep is not due until 23rd April.

    Is it possible to tranfer these MR points to BA immediately?

    • Alan says:

      If you’ve got the BAPP then you’re directly earning Avios, not MR points. With MR points you transfer whenever you want and they go across within a day or so (sometimes sooner), but with Avios earned on the BA Amex cards you’re stuck with the monthly sweep.

  • Sally Graham says:

    Related to Avios, I have just spotted that on their e shopping there are double avios for shopping at a number of places including John Lewis – Sadly this finishes tomorrow 31st March, but gives a decent 4 avios per pound. This is of course in addition to what you get from your cards. If I’m not needing to reach a spending target, I tend to use my Santander 123 credit card which gives 2% cash back at department stores – so better than the JL card which is 1% of membership points. I only use my JL card in Waitrose now!
    Since I discovered that you can collect JL online orders from any waitrose, including waitrose locals and usually the next day, this has become an easy way to get extra avios so long as the purchases are not too heavy or large!

  • jaime says:

    Hola¡ espero ,no se moleste ,que me exprese en lenguaje español 🙂 .
    Me gustaria preguntarle sobre el tema de la inscripcion : si es obligatorio para obtener los 150 avios,estar inscrito en Cuenta Familiar BA o no es obligatorio estar inscrito con anterioridad en una Cuenta Familiar BA
    Buen dia y muchas gracias ,salud y saludos a headforpoints

  • jaime says:

    Hello Know whether it is necessarily required to be enrolled in BA has family for 150 avios? Greetings good day thanks and happy headforpoints

  • DeeBuzzby says:

    For anyone signing up for a Lloyds Avios reward Amex/MasterCard account: I opened an account with in advance of my arrival of Loyds Avios rewards credit cards. 6 weeks later, and after I’d spent £900 using my new Lloyds c/c I still had an empty account. When I queried this with Lloyds they told me that a had 2 Avios accounts, because they automatically open an account for you in which to deposit your Avios! I was able to keep the account I already had, and they just amalgamated the two accounts. Instantly, upon signing out then back in again I had the missing points.
    So a) no need to open an account when applying for Lloyds c/c , and b) if you already have an account, ask Lloyds to amalgamate the two.

    • Alan says:

      Sadly this is a recurrent ‘feature’ of! I had the same thing happen with the (meagre number) of Avios I collected from Shell – thankfully as you say they’re pretty used to merging accounts!

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