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New promo – 1,000 Avios in BA and avios.com for collecting with a new partner

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Avios.com and British Airways Executive Club both launched an interesting new promotion yesterday which could get you 1,000 Avios in each scheme.

Full details are here on avios.com.

You will receive 1,000 Avios if, between now and 21st November, you earn Avios from a partner you have not previously earned from since 3rd October 2015.

Each programme has its own exclusions and rules:

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The obvious rule which might trip you up is ‘Flight partners’.  These are treated as one partner.  If you have credited a BA flight to avios.com in the last year, crediting an Iberia flight will NOT trigger the bonus.

Similarly, Avios e-store shopping is treated as one partner, irrespective of which retailer you used.

The following are excluded: “Purchase, Gift or Transfers of Avios; Survey Partners (E-rewards, Reward for Thoughts, Survey Sampling International); Member Get Member (MGM) referrers; Shell Drivers’ Club; Avios awarded for refer a friend”

If you have a Household Account, the account will only earn the bonus once irrespective of the number of account members who use a new partner.

So, how can you trigger the avios.com bonus?

The easiest options are either a Tesco Clubcard transfer or a TopCashback transfer.  The latter is what I will be doing, I think, with the smallest transfer I can manage – which will be the size of the smallest cashback item waiting to be paid.  I am certain I have not transferred to avios.com in the last year.

Crediting a BA flight is fine – unless you have BA status, in which case you will lose your status bonus which will cost you Avios.

Heathrow Rewards points transfers are also an easy option.

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British Airways Executive Club

The same restrictions apply as for avios.com.  In particular, earning from flying counts as one partner so using a different airline is not good enough.

The same merchants are excluded.

Hotel partners are NOT grouped together so if you have transferred from one hotel scheme this year you CAN transfer from another and trigger the bonus.  If you are a top tier Starwood Preferred Guest member, the minimum airline transfer is just 1 point.

Personally, I will either do a Tesco Clubcard transfer (I need to check if I have done one in the last year) or move the minimum 1,000 American Express Membership Rewards points across.  That will do the trick.  Heathrow Rewards is another possibility.  Most people will find TopCashback the easiest although I have already done that this year.

Most of us should be able to earn 1,000 Avios in each scheme easily enough, especially as there are 6 weeks to manage it.

Note that the deadline for awarding you your 1,000 bonus Avios is 31st January, so don’t do this if you need the points to post quickly.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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 £12,000 Read our full review

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

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (184)

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  • Genghis says:

    “Note that the deadline for awarding you your 1,000 bonus Avios is 31st January, so don’t do this if you need the points to post quickly.”

    What have you got to lose if you need some points quickly? Nothing IMO. You’ll just have to wait for the bonus points

    • Raffles says:

      The comment was meant to be more ‘don’t go to a lot of trouble to create a transaction if you are only doing it because you want the Avios next Friday’ ……..

  • Genghis says:

    It’s 1k for each BAEC and avios.com account. So cannot earn multiple times but a transfer from Amex MR (your Amex Gold) would appear to trigger 1k (if you’ve not done it since Oct 15)

  • Mycity says:

    O/T anyone heard any news that BA will announce tomorrow New Orleans flights?

  • Yuff says:

    Looks like my children will each have an avios.com account later today.
    Need to find some small tesco vouchers though, they are all £50 vouchers mind you they’ll come back to my account quickly 😉

    • Brian says:

      T&C say the promotion is for members who have collected Avios before the commencement of the promotional period – guess that won’t apply to your children’s new accounts, then…

  • John says:

    My BAEC shows a Tesco transfer in early November which received a 20% bonus. I’m sure some other HFPers did this too so we won’t be eligible. Avios.com will work though.

    • Mr Dee says:

      Yes but you can get points from a different source in that case then.

  • Boris says:

    This is a bundle of complication.

    Just ordered a picture hook from Tesco via the Avios shopping site for 3.99 which I think qualifies.

  • Lynsey says:

    Sorry, completely off topic but does anyone know if the Accor Happy Mondays has stopped or reverted back to just one week in advance? I tried all day yesterday but only going up as far as the 11th?? Thanks.

    • Brian says:

      Still working for next two weekends. Maybe your destination has no availability, though.

    • Simmo says:

      I tried yesterday too. It looks like it hasn’t updated for the next week

    • Adam says:

      I made a booking yesterday for the 14th. It failed miserably via the promotions web page as I couldn’t select the correct date. But doing a normal booking and putting Monday in the rate code worked perfectly.

  • Genghis says:

    HR transfers for me and wife to BAEC and avios.com. Nice and easy 4k

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