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See the ‘Pay with Avios’ for food and drink prices

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As a follow up to my main story below on charging for food and drink on board, BA has now sent me some sample ‘pay with Avios’ prices:

Mature cheddar cheese ploughman’s – £3 or 375 Avios

Lightly salted hand cooked crisps – £1 or 125 Avios

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Water – £1.80 or 225 Avios

Tea or coffee – £2.30 or 300 Avios

G&T (Anika, please note 🙂 ) – £6 or 750 Avios

Wine – £4.50 or 575 Avios

It could have been less generous, I suppose. At around 0.8p per point there are worse ways to spend your points (but obviously far better ways too).


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (77)

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  • @alastairtravel says:

    Personally I dislike the overall concept but I think the pay with Avios while not great value is a very good softener for passengers.

    It will also encourage more people to join the Executive Club which BA will be very happy with from a marketing / data point of view.

    Even if you are not interested in saving for flights – on many flights you take you would effectively have a ‘free’ sandwich or drink.

    Probably not very interesting for readers of this forum, but I can see this going down well with the occasional traveller or even the regular traveller not bothered about redemptions.

    • Andrew says:

      Just a thought but does this give avios a hard value that HMRC may be able to use to value them as a taxable benefit? In the past they were hard to give a value as taxes needed paying and the cost of the redeemed service was so variable.

  • Barry cutters says:

    I love percy pigs

    • Rob says:

      Colin The Caterpillar. What I miss most about banking is that when someone had a birthday (one every 10 days) they would head down to the More London M&S and buy a couple of Colin The Caterpillars.

  • Kian says:

    Just called them regarding on a few economy short haul flights I booked in advance for next year. The assistant offered 1,000 Avios per passenger per booking. I am not able to cancel them and book with other airlines since the flight prices on other airlines are roughly the same as what I paid or even more expensive now.

  • Scott Rice says:

    It’s a disgrace – they are penny pinching everywhere now – pay for luggage (even if gold); pay for seats; pay for food and now for a bottle of water.

    I like using avios on short hall breaks etc.

    The lounge is going to be full of people ‘panic stocking’ for the flight.

    Soon scratch cards !?!?

  • Will says:

    If they take it a step further maybe it could be a good thing.
    1. Widen the food selection
    2. Allow you to pre order and pay in advance
    3. They simply bring you your order to your seat with no faffing about.

    They need to genuinely make the quality something worth charging for and get around the stress in the cabin of payments.

    I also think they should offer free drinks,

  • Clive says:

    Will the next step be restricted lounge access like in the US?

  • Jim says:

    I actually think BoB will make my weekly shuttle runs more entertaining. Filling an empty coke bottle with 2 cans of the Cornish beer in the GF lounge. Lift one of the loo rolls too. Hell why not hey? If BA are going to be petty I will be too. EU261 when applicable ? I’ll claim instead of taking the view that flying is public transport and I won’t always arrive on time. Treat me like a thick piece of meat and I’ll behave like a cow. Moo moo.

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