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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)

  • Pid says:

    2 on the outskirts of Reading and none in Exeter, very poor coverage at the moment. Hopefully if will improve

  • Wivus says:

    Looks like their list needs some time to increase. Tried four cities abroad and drew a blank on all . Still, it would be useful if it does develop as I use Open table a lot when travelling, might as well earn some points from it.

  • ringingup says:

    No results for a search in SE1 with a radius of 2 km….

  • Dave says:

    Only 1 in radius of bournemouth

  • sam says:

    we are lucky – there are 2 in Northern Ireland!! not sure either are good as have not been.

  • Gavin says:

    1%? Gee thanks. That said I have a £20 Debenhams voucher to use at some point

  • Sussex Bantam says:

    Let’s have a competition to see who is furthest away from a qualifying restaurant. I’ll start. I live 24.8 miles from the nearest one….

  • Kinkell says:

    Don’t wish to sound ungrateful, but wasn’t holding my breath. Nearest to me is 120 miles……Aberdeen. I could go to Martin Wishart in Edinburgh , but that’s further. However, have a few choices in distant Glasgow, should I fancy a 31/2 hour drive. Raise a glass to all of us, those of you who are lucky to have one on your doorstep!

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