I get to hear some great Avios collecting stories from readers. I rarely repeat them because the idea is often not scaleable or would collapse if given wider exposure. I am happy to share this one though.
With Amazon Prime Day coming on Tuesday (see our Shopper Points article on it here), this tip is even relevant.
The British Airways American Express Premium Plus card earns 1.5 Avios per £1 spent. However, as the American Express reporting system cannot handle fractions, it always rounds up your points.
Our reader initially discovered this quirk after he popped into his local branch of Poundland and bought just one item …..
Last year Amazon introduced a very quick way of topping up your Amazon account with credit for future use. You simply go to this page, type in the amount you want to top up and submit. The sum is automatically charged to your linked credit card and added to your account.
Imagine that our reader wants to buy an item for £15.
Instead of buying it directly and charging £15 to his BA Premium Plus credit card – earning 23 Avios in the process – he buys 15 x £1 top-ups.
This goes through his statement as 15 separate transactions of £1. Each transaction earns 2 Avios because Amex rounds up the 1.5 Avios due. This means that you earn an additional 33% Avios on each Amazon purchase.
This only works with the British Airways Premium Plus card, not the free BA card which gives 1 Avios per £1 and therefore does not benefit from any rounding. It may work with other credit cards which offer an odd number of points per £1.
If you have any similar Avios collection tips which would not be killed off if they were shared with a wider audience, please let me know. I can’t guarantee to use them but at the very least it will make me smile to read them.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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.
(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.)