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Bits: Avios launches targetted Super Boost promo, Lloyds brings back refer-a-friend

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News in brief:

Avios launches new targetted Super Boost promotion launched a new promotion yesterday to encourage you to increase your Avios collecting this spring.

Super Boost is a targetted offer which has gone to a minority of members.  None of my family have received anything.  If you didn’t get it, there is nothing you can do about it.

You need to opt in by the end of February and then collect a specific number of Avios before the end of April.  Irrespective of when you register, all earning from 1st January counts towards your target.

The bonuses are based on your previous earning activity and vary sharply.  For example, I saw one offering:

1,500 Avios for earning 18,000 points or 3,000 Avios for earning 25,000 points

but another reader got:

200 Avios for earning 400 points or 400 Avios for earning 600 points

Quite a difference.

Avios from all air and non-air partners count towards your target.  There is no leeway on the receipt of Avios, however – they must be in your account by 30th April.  If you have the Lloyds credit card, check what date your points hit to ensure that you don’t spend unnecessarily in the final month.

The easiest way to hit your target is probably from a Tesco Clubcard conversion although the cut-off date for the next voucher run is Thursday 26th January.  This means that you will struggle to do anything quickly to earn additional points this quarter.

Be careful about crediting British Airways flights to because you not receive any elite status bonus that BAEC would give and your tier points will be lost.

Bonus Avios will be credited to accounts by 31st May.  The full terms and conditions are here.

Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card refer-a-friend bonus is back

I wrote an article yesterday moaning about the loss of the refer-a-friend bonus on the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card

This definitely seemed to have died. I saw two separate tweets sent by Lloyds to Head for Points readers confirming it.

And then, a few hours after my article appeared, it was relaunched!  You can, yet again, receive 4,500 Avios points when you are referred for the Lloyds Avios Rewards card.

Meanwhile, I have been sent a document showing potential plans for the future of the Lloyds Avios Rewards card.  More on this tomorrow …..

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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 (202)

  • Anon says:

    Shame it’s a one time only promo.

    ie Was rather looking forward to transferring a series of £2.50 Tesco vouchers to get my 400 bonus for earning 600 Avios.. 😉

  • Anon says:

    O/T but Avios…

    Rob – do you have any Avis/Iberia contacts?

    Was thinking it would be great proactive PR if they could give a collective ETA on us receiving the 18k bonus from the promo a month ago.

    T-28 & counting….

  • Koshka says:

    I’m feeling less than excited by my personal target. 50 for earning 100 or 100 for earning 500.

    • Iain says:

      That’s what I was offered. I got an email after opting in saying I had already met my target. A bit pointless but better than a kick in the teeth.

  • Greg says:

    A word of warning. Last year Rob referred me for a Lloyds Duo Avios CC which I got in January. It took until August for me to get the 15000 points I earned by using the card (although I did get £250 for continually complaining). However when I queried my missing 4500 points for being referred, they said I was not eligible as I had held a Lloyds Avios card 2 years previously.

  • Genghis says:

    Is there any pattern for these bonuses?
    Mrs G and I have both earned quite a few avios through this year and no bonus. Does this follow others’ experiences?

    • Koshka says:

      In my case I hadn’t earnt via the Avios site for about a year. I actually placed an order with John Lewis about until two hours before the Avios email arrived.

  • the real harry1 says:

    we got nothing on Super Boost – just wondering if we turned off emails from anybody else suspect that might be it?

    & if we might still be included but simply not know about it

    • Axel Heyst says:

      Only thing I did for 9 moths was ring the call centre to see if I could use the Lloys Voucher on an open jaw recently. The response was how you going to do that with zero points!

      But obviously my avios record got opened, verified and closed in the database which would trigger a change in the Last Modified field in the database.

  • Allan says:

    Feel like I won the Super Boost lottery!
    8500 for 2000 Boost
    11000 for 4000 Boost
    So £47.50 in Clubcard vouchers for an easy win 🙂

    • the real harry1 says:

      it’s so unfair 🙁

    • Luke Foster says:

      100 boost for collecting 2000

      What a joke! How could anyone think that is a a super boost?

    • Doogie says:

      You certainly have! I got. 8500 for 500 or 11000 for 1000!

      Better than nothing though!

    • Felix Flyer says:

      I’ll try and get close to that!
      2000 avios = 600 boost
      3000 avios = 1200 boost

  • Charlie says:

    I suppose OT… A local garage wants to charge me 3% to use a credit card. Can I fight this and say it’s 0.3% now? It’s not a small sum on a £6,000 purchase.

    • czechoslovakia says:

      It`s a minefield, and ultimately they don`t have to sell it if they don`t want. They can always just rename the fee, if they are so inclined. I`m assuming it`s a car as you say purchase, not work/parts. Tell `em to shove it. I believe only Visa/MC personal cards are capped at 0.3%.

    • John says:

      0.3% is the fee that the garage’s bank pays the bank that issued your card.

      The garage’s bank could theoretically be charging the garage 3% to take credit card payments.

      • Charlie says:

        Thanks both.

        There is an alternative car I could go for, if I want a 450 mile return journey on top. I’ll see if we can come to a deal.

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