Earn double Avios on restaurant bookings for the rest of the year

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Back in April, Avios launched Restaurant Circle, a new restaurant booking portal that would let you earn Avios when making a reservation.

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

Avios restaurant circle

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 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.

And here lies the problem.  The selection of restaurants is not as comprehensive as, say, OpenTable or even ResDiary, the company that runs Restaurant Circle.

No reader has ever told me that they have earned Avios booking a restaurant via Restaurant Circle.  I can imagine that people took one look at the weak selection – if they bothered to look at all – and decided that it was too much trouble.

The problem is partly self-inflicted, because Avios was charging restaurants a monthly fee to be included on the Restaurant Circle website despite the fact that they were already paying be on the parent ResDiary site.  This does not seem to have proved popular.

Avios Restaurant Circle

But things are picking up …..

From this Friday (note: this is not live today), you will double Avios on all restaurant bookings until the end of the year.   That means 500 Avios per booking.

In parallel, Avios is waiving the monthly fee charged to restaurants to be listed on the Avios portal.  This should mean that there is a far greater choice of restaurants to choose from on the Restaurant Circle site.

If anyone gives it a go, please let us know how easy you found it and how quickly the Avios arrived.  Remember that the double Avios offer isn’t live until the end of the week.

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

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  1. I’ve used it but only once as the restaurant list is, as you say, very limited. I got my 250 Avios within 7 days of going to the restaurant. It worked fine but I’ve not been in another location with a restaurant I wanted to visit which is on the list.

  2. If anyone does give it a go, is it worth mentioning whether the restaurant itself is any good? I don’t recognise any of the London ones, and I always take reviews on a booking website with a pinch of salt!

  3. It was The Honours in Edinburgh. Well reviewed and we ate there quite a lot a few years ago. It’s got a bit ‘flashier’ since we were last there though. It’s the lower end Martin Wishart (his main restaurant is Michelin starred) restaurant in the city. But you can also check reviews on places like the List or Time Out for the main city restaurants anyway.

  4. Andy Hone says:

    Please remember that if you are traveling in Europe to use The Fork website through Iberia Plus. Normal reservations get 250 Avios but this month you can get up to 750 Avios per booking. Just need to put in your IB+ number whilst booking. iberiaplus.eltenedor.es

    • Thanks for the reminder, we are currently in Spain and several restaurants we use within 1km of our apartment are included. Shame I’d forgotten what this was called, never mind we will be back in October.

  5. Res Diary is not working for me. It insists I already have an account. I don’t.

    • OK I am in now by using a different email. But it says the only restaurants within 50 km of Ashford is one in Rochester and another in Southend????

      • Nothing within 50km of Dover, but Southend is regularly picked up (38 miles as the crow flies apparently) on location based searches. If only we didn’t have to go all the way up to the Dartford Crossing…

      • I think there was one in Whitstable (Samphire) when it was first mentioned, but nothing showing now…

  6. I like it – I’ve used it several times and it pays very quickly. I live in Ayrshire and am fortunate that a local bar/restaurant chain (Buzzworks) have all their establishments listed. In addition my 2 favourite Glasgow restaurants are in it – Dakota Deluxe and Porter & Rye which are both excellent.

  7. Can’t find any in the City of London

  8. William Avery says:

    Last time I gave it a go it was a complete shambles. Looking forward to reports it has moved on.

    Rob – I note you have used Agoda in the past? How long do you need to wait for points to post?

  9. Darren Ward says:

    The sign up on restaurant circle does not work. When I try and link my BA account it just goes into an endless loop of signing into res circle. Given up!!!

  10. Pretty crap, tried searching and in order to find a restaurant I had to check the longest distance of 50km.
    I am not driving 50k to get 250 airmiles points

  11. I registered for this a couple of months back and linked my account to Res Diary. I had favourited a few restaurants in Edinburgh that I liked, from ResDiary I think. Now when I look on Restaurant Circle I see a few high end restaurants in Edinburgh, but my favourites show other restaurants that aren’t listed when I search. If I click on one of them to book I get a 404 error.
    This site is really badly put together from a technical perspective. Every time I go to the home page it asks me to link my account to Avios, but my profile shows my Avios number already. It would have been so much better if ResDiary just added Avios to its bookings if you set up an account and linked your Avios number. Having a second site that is sort of integrated but badly is so frustrating.

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