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Register now – TRIPLE AVIOS on all British Airways flights, all classes, is back

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So, how bad are British Airways forward bookings at the moment?  I was surprised that the current British Airways sale (covered here) was so underwhelming.  I couldn’t even bring myself to write a full article on it.

However, now we have a very serious statement of intent – BA has brought back its offer of triple base Avios on all British Airways flights, irrespective of ticket class or price.

If you are travelling to North America from Europe, flights on Finnair, Iberia and American Airlines are also included if you credit them to your British Airways account.

British Airways triple avios promotion

You MUST register in advance by clicking here.

It is not yet clear if members of the On Business small business scheme will also receive triple OB points – they did when this offer ran last Autumn.

Let’s look at an example of how good this could be.

Berlin to Hong Kong on British Airways, Club World

Avios earned as a Blue member (a status member would get more):

Calculated at this web page as (869 + 8969 + 8969 + 869) + a bonus of (579 + 5979 + 5979 + 579) + (579 + 5979 + 5979 + 579) = 45,908

That is a VERY generous incentive and, if you manage to pick up a cheap business class deal, a substantial rebate on the cost of the flight itself.

I expected this promotion to come with a catch (ie excluding non-refundable fares) but there isn’t one.  The only rule is that your flight must be BOOKED and flown between the start date – which is not named in the rules – and 31st March 2017.

There is some risk here if you are looking to book a BA flight today.  Who knows what the official start date of this promotion is?  Whilst the website is live, BA has not yet emailed anyone about the offer.

The registration page is also buggy at present.  This is what I got:

Thank you, you are now registered for this offer.

Your registration has been unsuccessful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer.

For clarity, EVERYONE can register for this offer, irrespective of what country their BAEC account is in.

Here are the other rules:

You get the bonus on up to EIGHT segments (ie four return flights or eight one-way flights) – this means, weirdly, that you may want to keep your BAEC number out of some short haul bookings so you can get triple Avios on later long haul flights

You MUST register via this page of ba.com

All cabins and all ticket types are included

Only base Avios are tripled, not any cabin or status bonus

American, Iberia and Finnair flights will count if they are for travel between the EU, Norway, Switzerland and North America, Mexico and Puerto Rico or an OpenSkies service from Paris Orly to Newark or New York JFK

Unlike the September version of this offer, Comair flights in South Africa ARE included this time

SUN-AIR franchise flights are excluded as are BA numbered codeshare flights on other airlines

I strongly recommend that you register now by clicking here.  You will also find full details on this page.  You could easily forget if you end up not having any qualifying flights until nearer the end of the offer in March.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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 (140)

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  • TomT says:

    “If you are travelling to North America from Europe, flights on Finnair, Iberia and American Airlines are also included if you credit them to your British Airways account.”

    <-seems straightforward on first reading, but just to check, do flights have to be booked as BA code? i.e. will an AA flight to US from LHR booked as AA count? (incidentally, I will have internal USA AA on same booking, I assume this one will *not* count regardless)

    • Rob says:

      No, doesn’t need to be a BA code for transatlantic flights.

      And, yes, nothing for your AA internals.

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