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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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  • Baloyal says:

    Thanks Sue, i cant see anything in the terms that
    state a minimum spend. As with all t&c’s,
    including ba’s triple points offer, ive
    screenshotted them all.
    By the looks of the sold out t-shirts on tesco,
    I suspect a number of point hunters have
    done the same.

  • Alan says:

    This is now showing on the BAEC website under “offers”. It just links through to the Avios page that Raffles has linked to in the original blog post though

  • xcalx says:

    I have used Heathrow reward points for the both BA and Aviosdotcom . Just a note You are only allowed to transfer Heathrow points 4 times per year to other members accounts.

  • Kathy says:

    Ok, so I haven’t had any Avios from my Lloyds credit card post yet, despite having it for nearly 3 months now. Do we think if I call up Lloyds customer services and manage to get them posted during the promo period that will count as a ‘new partner’, even though they should have posted weeks ago?

    • Alan says:

      I like the idea, however unfortunately Avios.com have probably made a new account for you that they’ll need to merge and merged points would then be unlikely to trigger the bonus.

      • Kathy says:

        They really shouldn’t have made a new account – my referral points posted ok, so they should know what account the card is linked to. But I guess with Lloyds, who knows?!

        • Johnnycl says:

          Raise a formal complaint with them online, they will be on the phone to you tomorrow and have merged the accounts and credited you with £££ compensation by the end of the week.

  • MIM says:

    I don’t think I’ve transferred any Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Avios.com for a while – but the statement area of my account only shows ‘latest account activity’, without detailing how far these go back.
    What do they count as ‘latest’?

  • Scott says:

    Nice one. Was that trip booked before the triple avios promo was accounced?

  • Andrew H says:

    I transferred £2.50 of Tesco Clubcard vouchers to both my BAEC and Avios.com accounts yesterday to take advantage of this offer. The BAEC avios showed up this morning and the other lot just now – both done in 24 hours. They’re on the ball today!

    If only each 1k bonus would post as fast 🙂

  • HPN-HRL says:

    Does this offer show up for anyone when you log into your BAEC account and go to Executive Club “Offers and News”? It does not show up in my (non-UK) BAEC account; if it did I would be reassured that this offer is open to non-UK BAEC members. I see that the T&C for BAEC do not have any country restrictions, so I’m hoping that I get the bonus…

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