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How to pre-order your BA duty free for at-seat delivery

I would be fibbing if I said that I had never bought any duty free items on a flight, but I’m rarely in the mood – especially when trying to keep two children under control.  The pre-order service – known as ‘buy before you fly’ – from British Airways is therefore worth a look, and very few people know it exists.

You can go to this website before your flight, and select duty free items at your leisure from the High Life Shop.  If you sign up for the High Life Shop newsletter, you will also receive a 10% discount code for your first pre-order.

Your items will be delivered to your seat and you will earn 2 Avios per £1 on your spending.

This is only available on long-haul flights, with ‘selected’ routes excluded (a list in on the website linked from the home page).  You need to order at least three days before you fly.

This method also allows you to compare prices before you fly, so you will know if you are genuinely getting a bargain or not …..

180 Avios for giving Tesco your insurance renewal details

Tesco has a long-running promotion offering bonus Tesco Clubcard points if you fill in a very short form telling them when your various insurance products are up for renewal.

The number of points offered with this deal jumps around.  Until August, it is offering 75 Clubcard points, worth 180 Avios or 188 Virgin miles. It has been as high as 150 points in the past, but given that the offer only changes twice per year you might not want to wait.

Here is the form you need to complete.  You can earn the points once every two years so even if you have done it in the past it might be possible to get the points again.

You are asked for your car, home and pet insurance renewal months. You only need to add in one date to get your 75 points, so I recommend just doing that if you want to reduce the level of email Tesco sends you later on.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (29)

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  • Carey says:

    I would never do the pre-order Duty Free again. I did this before traveled from Dubai to Heathrow during the 20% offer discount. It never arrived, and it took me weeks and multiple telephone calls/email to get a refund from the High Life Shop. This is a separate company not part of BA so they couldnt even supply me with the same duty free item which they had on board at the discounted price.

    • ADS says:

      being able to see the item on the duty free trolley, but BA refusing to supply – that must have been painful !

  • Joe says:

    I have done this a few times and although I’ve had to remind the CC it’s always so far been preloaded; think I didn’t get the avios once but as someone else said they’re small amounts so didn’t bother chasing. The list of flights is quite random though and different from the pre orders you can do onboard (onboard you can preorder for your return leg). At the cheap end of my gin taste I like the Bombay east so that’s what I usually preorder, they also occasionally have great clearance lines (like dewars signature)

  • Jon says:

    OT – Recently hit my anniversary £15k spend on my Amex Gold PR card in April, but the 10k points have yet to be posted. Does anyone know how long this takes to post? Called them up and they said 90 days, which severely reduces the value if I need to pay 3 months worth of fees….

    Should I just cancel now and take the £12 hit or wait another 2 months for the 10k points to post at a cost of an additional £24+?

    • Rob says:

      Took about 4 weeks when my wife did this last year. Never takes 90 days.

    • Leo says:

      I spoke to Amex about the very same issue via CHAT yesterday. I was told that as my year ended on 17 May the points would post on or around the 17 June – so 4 weeks as per Rob’s advice above. Fingers crossed. I also asked whether there would be any points opportunity for upgrading to Platinum. I was told no – quite bluntly. “But there are lots of other benefits to the card sir”. I said that in that case I would be cancelling the card, no other offer was forthcoming. Current plan is to apply for the SPG card once extra points hit and I cancel.

      • Leo says:

        I should say I put a ton of money through the card this year.

  • Alex W says:

    Ordered the duty free once it didn’t turn up.

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