Avios is gearing up for the launch of a new feature on 1st October – a new restaurant-booking portal called Restaurant Circle which will give you 250 Avios points with every table booked.
The system is being run by ResDiary which handles bookings for 5,900 independent restaurants. It will be branded as Avios or British Airways Executive Club depending on which site you visit from.
The economics is interesting:
Not all 5,900 restaurants who use ResDiary will offer Avios. It will be restricted to those who pay a £25 per month listing fee. This fee is chunky when you consider that restaurants can pay as little as £49 per month to ResDiary for a fully functioning online booking platform.
The restaurant will pay Avios £3 per booking in return for awarding 250 Avios points to the booker
Different restaurants may appear on the Avios and BA-branded sites
‘Earning whilst dining’ programmes have been very successful in other countries but have never taken off in the UK. The attraction for the restaurant is fairly clear:
The ability to attract extra customers to a business which has high fixed costs but low marginal costs
May attract additional business customers who are often less price sensitive than the general public
May attract a wealthier client base, given the British Airways Executive Club demographic
I don’t know if there will be any special launch offers available or not. More details on Restaurant Circle should become available nearer 1st October.
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.