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Win 18,000 Avios in a new British Airways free draw

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If you want to add 18,000 Avios to your balance (and who wouldn’t), there is a new competition over on the British Airways website this week.

In association with British Airways partner Avis – although the exact link to Avis is not clear – 100 Executive Club members can each win 18,000 Avios points.

British Airways Avios competition

To enter all you need to do is visit this page of the British Airways website and enter your name, Executive Club Membership Number and your email address by 11th October.

You can enter once per day so technically starting today you can enter 8 times in total.  As the T&Cs state that it’s one entry per person per day, I assume you can get additional entries if there are more than one Executive Club members living in your household.

The winners will be notified by email by 1st November and the Avios rewarded within 8 weeks.

The full terms and conditions can be found here.  Good luck.  Let’s see how many winners we can get from the HfP readership …..

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 (53)

  • Stu R says:

    Bl***y typical …. I booked my Avis car via BA only last week. I cannot believe (although given what I’ve read about BA here recently, I actually can) that BA charge a flat £5, even for using their own branded credit cards! As far as I know, book via the Avis site and there is no charge for CC’s, but obviously no bonus Avios.

    To be honest, I’m not sure why we (Joe Public) keep BA in business anymore?

    • Stu R says:

      In fact, I just noticed this article doesn’t even mention the 1,000 bonus Avios (shown in the same email trumpeting the prize draw) for all car bookings made before 31st October for rentals before 15th December, so a minimum of 1,700 Avios for 3 days or more.

      • Dale says:

        And if you haven’t earned via a car rental partner in the last year you’ll earn another 1,000 bonus Avios on top of that – so 2,700 for 3 days rental. See next HfP article for details.

      • Richmond says:

        It took me more than 6 months to get these 1000 avios extra in last year’s promotion. It included chasing BAEC for 3 months before they were awarded and I had to send T&C myself and finally got points as discretionary credit.

      • Raffles says:

        We never saw any email. The competition was advertised on Facebook, hence the reference to FB in the rules.

    • Liz says:

      I always book my Avis car hire over the phone at Their over the phone price has been cheaper for us the past 2 years and they sometimes offer you an additional discount if you ask nicely. You earn 3pts /£1 and there is no credit card fee.

      • Brian says:

        How do you do something over the phone online??

        • Liz says:

          I meant I phone Avios rather than BA! PRice is always cheaper over the phone than online for some reason.

    • Sohan says:

      I don’t think there’s any charge if you book via and they give a free additional driver too. Also give them your Avis Preferred card at desk for an upgrade

    • Alex W says:

      Maybe “move” to Ukraine to avoid BA credit card charges…

      • Graeme says:

        Is there any comeback on making this error, I have a balance on BA holidays to pay and my finger might also slip when selecting my country..

        • Rob says:

          No, been doing it for years. Does BA Hols charge though?

        • Simmo says:

          You only pay the card fee once with BA holidays 🙂

          • Graeme says:

            I stand corrected – you do only pay the card fee once i.e. for the deposit, I changed the country to Ukraine before checking to see if I was going to be charged if I left the country as UK. 🙂

        • Alan says:

          I thought the cc fee was only when paying the deposit with BA Holidays?

  • Henry says:

    As usual … UK residents only.

  • rossmacd says:

    Submits form:


    We regret to advise that this section of the site is temporarily unavailable. 413

    You couldn’t make it up…..

    • vindaloo says:

      Any browser other than Chrome should be okay. I’ve started using IE for since it stopped working on Chrome last month.

      • Colin says:

        I get the same error on IE. has been extremely flaky over the last few weeks, presumably as they try out the new stuff…

    • Hugh says:

      works in safari and chrome mobile, but i got the same result for chrome desktop

  • Tony Hogben says:

    The BA web site is awful! I use google chrome and it hasn’t worked correctly for weeks in chrone, Better in Safari but who uses that!

  • Peter K says:

    Thanks Rob. I hadn’t noticed you could enter every day 🙂

  • keith says:

    Is anyone else having a problem accessing pages on the BA website from a Mac? This promotion is ‘down’ and many other BA pages seem down although the home page is fine.

    • Simon says:

      had this issue yes. someone suggest I clear the cache for BA site. that seemed to fix it.

    • Rhi says:

      Yes, I have the problem on Mac and on work PC using Chrome as mentioned above. Safari on my Mac works OK. Try a different browser?

  • linda says:

    Ref Avis car hire,

    Had the most horrendous experience at Denver airport in the summer, complained to BA holidays as it was booked through them. Took three weeks to get any reply Avis would not acknowledge any responsibility and in the end BA refunded our costs. So unfortunately would never book with Avis again.

    It was a long story but the manager at the depot threw my BA paperwork back in my face saying it was not worth the paper it was written on. Linda

    • mike says:

      Linda – I would be interested in the long story (if you care to share here) as I am considering an Avis rental via BA for my US holidays and may switch to another company if you had a horror – thanks

      • PT says:

        I don’t know what Linda’s issues were, but at Atlanta in 2014 they did not accept the BA pre-paid voucher for Avis at the desk. It wasn’t until the Avis manager at Atlanta was called, that the paperwork was accepted. Took 45 minutes to resolve, so a pain rather than a major problem.

      • Matt says:

        Also interested…my first J redemption next year to DEN…car hire yet to be organised. Thanks in advance.

    • Susan says:

      After shoddy practices at AVIS’s LIS desk this summer I will not book AVIS again. They have already lost 4 rentals from me since August. BTW be warned, a prepaid voucher with AVIS for x days car rental is not a pre-paid voucher for x days rental if the rental is in another country – it’s a voucher towards the cost and at a laughably poor exchange rate.

      • Alan says:

        In general I’ve really not had any issues with Hertz apart from points not posting for prepaid bookings, always quickly resolved by their Twitter team.

        • Susan says:

          Agreed – Hertz is now my first stop for car hire – Enterprise have always been good too but they’re less common around here – Hertz especially good with the Accor/President’s circle.

      • Allan says:

        If it is a BA avis booking, they will refund the difference as it should be fully prepaid even though Avis say it isn’t.

  • Scottydogg says:

    Ive entered for both me and my partners BA accounts today , might do it everyday this week . Its about time I won something

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