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25% bonus on TopCashback transfers to Avios – and get 625 Avios when you join for free

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TopCashback is a site which allows you to earn a small amount of cashback from your day to day shopping by clicking through to participating online shops from its site.

It is very similar to Quidco if you are a member of that site.  British Airways and Virgin have their own shopping portals as well, except that you earn miles instead of cash.

When Tesco Clubcard pulled out of their partnership with TopCashback recently, there was much gnashing of teeth.  Converting your cashback from your internet shopping to Clubcard meant that you were effectively buying Avios for 0.4p each.

TopCashback 350

When the Tesco deal ended, you could still transfer your TopCashback cashback directly to Avios points.  It wasn’t very attractive, however, because you were effectively paying 1p per Avios point.  This is more than I am willing to pay unless I have a definite use for them.

On Friday, TopCashback launched a 25% bonus for converting TopCashback money into Avios points.  I am assuming that this is a permanent offer.  I am also assuming that British Airways is funding it in an attempt to make up the loss of revenue from people who converted from TCB to Tesco to Avios.

For every £1 of cashback you transfer to Avios, you will now receive 125 points.  This means that you are paying 0.8p per point.

0.8p is a lot more interesting to me than 1p.  My threshold for doing anything to gain Avios points is that the points must cost less than 0.75p.  I know I can hardly fail to be better off when I redeem.

Of course, my target of 0.75p is lower than the 0.8p you pay here.  However, I don’t need to do anything apart from telling TCB to send my cash to British Airways instead of my bank account.  It’s not as if I will be eBaying a pile of LEGO to end up with points for 0.8p …..

TopCashback is therefore officially ‘back in the game’ as a way of accumulating Avios points efficiently.  All of those readers who said that were switching to Quidco (‘more reliable’) for their cashback may decide to change their minds …..

625 Avios points for joining TopCashback

Until 10am on 3rd October, you can get 625 Avios points when you join TopCashback via a referral link.  This is a great opportunity to pick up some easy points.

You can join TopCashback by using this link.

Until 3rd October – when you use our referral link – you will receive £5 into your TopCashback account as a bonus when you have earned £10 in cashback.  This will convert into 625 Avios with the new ‘25% transfer bonus’.

If you sign up using the general link on the TCB website then you will not receive the £5 bonus.  It is only valid if you are referred by a friend.

There are two membership levels at TopCashback – a FREE version and a £5 annual fee version. The £5 level pays slightly higher cashback and has improved customer service if you have any problems.  To be honest, I would start at the free level until you have decided that you like the site.  You will need to change your account settings once you have signed up to move yourself onto the free version.

We also receive a bonus for referring you which helps keep Head for Points ticking over.

You may NOT see this offer advertised on the TopCashback site.  However, you will definitely get your points as long as you use a refer-a-friend link to join.


How do I receive my 625 Avios points?

The way this works is a little complex.  You need to earn £10 in cashback before you receive the £5 but there is NO TIME LIMIT on this.

Once you have earned £10 commission, £5 will be placed in your TopCashback account.  If you transfer this to Avios, you will receive 625 points.  You are also free to withdraw it as cash.

What next?

If you are not already a TopCashback member, you should open a TopCashback account now and use it as the starting point for your day-to-day online shopping.

If you are already a member, consider referring your partner or adult children.  Do not open a second account for yourself as that is against TCB rules.

You can start earning cashback immediately through some of their ‘free money’ offers.  For example, pays £2.40 for getting a free car insurance quote.  Money from cannot be moved to Avios (BA blocks some merchants who conflict with its own partners) but does count towards your £10 for triggering the £5 bonus.


As long as the new ‘25% bonus on transfers to Avios’ is permanent – and there is no sign that it isn’t – TopCashback is a good way of picking up an unlimited amount of Avios points for 0.8p.  You obviously need to generate enough cashback in the first place but there are plenty of high paying offers on products such as home and car insurance.

If you currently use Quidco then you should move across to TCB, at least until you have earned enough to trigger the 625 Avios bonus.

Our refer a friend link is here.  The deadline to sign up and receive the £5 bonus is 3rd October.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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 (63)

  • Al says:

    Great news, and I just transferred about £150 worth of CB into BAEC one week ago with the miserly 5% bonus…

    The avios has not arrived in my account yet. Could I ask for a reversal of the transaction on the basis that it did not go through successfully? If I could initiate the transaction again from the beginning, that would mean an additional 3000 avios 🙁

    • TGLoyalty says:

      If it hasn’t posted you might still get it

      I transferred over a small amount to Avios on Wed when it was showing 5% and when it posted on Friday there was a 25% bonus instead of 5%

  • Genghis says:

    When you sign up I believe they automatically put you on the premium version meaning £5 is deducted from first cash back. You could have downgraded immediately and then that £5 would not have been deducted. You did, however, earn a 5% bonus on the cash back for being a premium member. Yep – that’s the kind of firm you’re dealing with.

  • Adam says:

    If you just email them they will revert your account to classic and cancel the £5 charge.

  • harry says:

    No Avios payout allowed from

    • Yuff says:

      I might have to make a few bets 😉
      Trouble is I never ever claim the winnings as it’s so onerous to forward the documentation to enable payment 🙁
      7 transactions, at Tesco direct, didn’t track yesterday 🙁
      The previous 4 on thu/fri did!

    • Raffles says:

      Ah, ok!

  • Callum says:

    If the company admitted it was a valid claim it would have been classified as confirmed not pending.

    • Genghis says:

      Fair enough. I don’t know how the mechanics work exactly. The support emails I received however state,
      “We have received notification of a transaction which seems to match your claim and this has been added to your account. We ask that you please allow this to progress normally to the ‘Payable’ status; you should then be able to request payment for this amount.”
      This to me implies that someone has said that this is a valid transaction. It went to pending and then was declined.
      If it should have gone to payable, what is this step of “seems to match”?

  • Raffles says:

    When a company closed its affiliate scheme, that’s it. From the date of closure no new queries for missing cash are processed. This is standard practice.

    • littlefish says:

      Then might be worth flagging this in your blog posts when you flag these new offers, and drawing attention to the culprits from time-to-time. The Hilton situation (while by no means unique) is a good case study of the abuse which is sat waiting to repeat.

      • Genghis says:

        Interesting. The claim I mention above is with Azimo. Perhaps decline and wait for me to raise a claim then they change network affiliate and walk away? Hmm

  • Yuff says:

    Just need to remember my special one needs to be 18.
    My 9 & 10 year olds still have £30, each, sitting in supercasino accounts, from 2014, they were very good at roulette 🙂
    Come to think of it so does mrs yuff and myself! I could actually retrieve that cash.

    • harry says:

      not difficult to scan your passport page & send…everybody should have this in an email a/c/ in the cloud in any case

  • James67 says:

    I’ve had well over £1000 too but they have lost me £200-300. I suspect many people have lost more than that on the hilton mess alone.

    • Yuff says:

      I’ve raised a few, to be honest I only checked yesterday because the Tesco purchases weren’t tracking!

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