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Earn 250 Avios when dining at restaurants – now finally launched

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Back in September 2016 Rob wrote about Restaurant Circle, a new restaurant booking portal that would let you earn Avios when making a reservation.

It was set to launch in October but kept being delayed.

Now it’s finally live.

Avios restaurant circle

You will earn 250 Avios every time you make a restaurant booking through the portal.

How does it work?

You need to create a Restaurant Circle account and add your Avios or BA Executive Club membership number to your profile.

If you live in Ireland, you can add an AerClub number.  There are a large number of Irish restaurants included.

For every booking you make via the Restaurant Circle site, you will receive 250 Avios.  As long as you turn up for your reservation (!), the Avios will be added to your account within two weeks.

Where can I dine and earn Avios?

You can search for restaurants on the Restaurant Circle website by postcode, city or restaurant name.

There is a decent selection of restaurants included although it is not as comprehensive as, say, OpenTable or even ResDiary, the company that runs Restaurant Circle.  This is because restaurants have to pay an extra fee to Avios when you dine. Included is, for example, my favourite brunch place in Clapham, Ben’s Canteen.

You can read more about this new partnership on the British Airways website here.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 (38)

  • SB says:

    A search for 2 x lunch within 5km of London on Thurs or Fri yielded a choice of zero restaurants…! Closest was Twickenham. Mum.

  • SB says:

    A search for 2 x lunch within 5km of London on Thurs or Fri yielded a choice of zero restaurants…! Closest was Twickenham. Mmm.

  • Elaine says:

    It’s not 250 Avios for every booking you make through the portal. It’s only for some restaurants on the portal which offer it. For example, you’d get Avios for Ben’s Canteen but not for the Malt Shovel at Barston.

    • Elaine says:

      Though curiously the Malt Shovel at Barston doesn’t let you actually book it now! So maybe they’ve been booted off the site. I booked it for last week using the site but was awarded 0 Avios. Will investigate further!

    • GK says:

      Very few of the London restaurants offer the 250 Avios. The first one that does, Kricket, doesn’t accept bookings for less than four people. Ridiculous.

      • RedAlan says:

        You sure? I’ve just done a search for 2x people, 6pm this Friday with a N1 postcode and every result offers 250 Avios.

  • Liz says:

    There’s one place listed in a 50km radius of Dundee!

  • tony says:

    I found two places with “EC” postcodes. Fair to say that UK coverage seems rather dire.

  • Kevin says:

    Has HfP invented time travel? “Back in September 2017” 🙂

  • Carl says:

    Pretty crap, nothing in Milton Keynes or Northampton

  • Bec says:

    Can’t seem to add my membership number – I registered and then when I go to the dashboard and try to add my BA executive number it says that email is already registered!

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