British Airways has launched a ‘double Avios’ promotion covering both BA and American Airlines this Spring.
It is a decent deal and may even work for some leisure travellers as well as business travellers if they can pick up a bargain in the current BA sale:
you receive double Avios when you complete two long-haul return flights on BA or AA by 31st July (the list of qualifying routes is below)
you MUST register via this page at ba.com to take part – you cannot join as a new member in order to participate, oddly
flights must start in the UK or Ireland (ex-Europe bookings do not qualify)
your must have BOOKED your flight on or after 22nd April
you can fly in any cabin on any regular ticket type
you will receive the bonus on your first FOUR return trips
Here are the participating routes:
British Airways to: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York JFK, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tampa, Washington, Cancun, Mexico City, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Antigua, Bahamas (Nassau), Barbados, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Punta Cana, Granada, Kingston, Port of Spain, Providenciales, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Tobago, Buenos Aires, Costa Rica, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Luanda, Cairo, Accra, Nairobi, Abuja, Lagos, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Maldives, Bahrain, Tehran, Amman, Kuwait, Beirut, Oman, Doha, Jeddah, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Baku, Bangalore, Chennai/Madras, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Sydney, Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul, Bangkok, Moscow
American Airlines to: Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York JFK, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Raleigh Durham
There is no reason not to sign up for this if you think there is a chance that you might complete two long-haul trips before the end of July. It makes sense to register now just in case rather than forget about it – 31st July is a long way ahead.
The registration page on ba.com is here. However, some people are having problems signing up. My wife got the bizarre message:
Thank you, Mrs Raffles, you are now registered for this offer.
Your registration has been unsuccessful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer.
Who knows if she is registered or not?!
I got this:
Thank you, Mr Raffles, you are now registered for this offer.
As you can see from the terms and conditions on the linked site, this offer is NOT targetted. As long as your BAEC account is based in the UK or Ireland, you should be OK – contact BA with a screenshot of the rejection page if you have problems.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.