One thing that keeps this job interesting is that you always learn something new about schemes you thought you understood backwards.
It is a fairly well known fact that you can cancel any BA flight booking made on ba.com, for cash or Avios, within 24 hours for a full refund. No cancellation fees are charged, not even the standard £35 Avios cancellation charge.
However, as a reader found out last week, you do not get this protection for Avios bookings made on avios.com. The cancellation fee kicks in immediately, even if you try to cancel 10 minutes after booking.
This is unlikely to make a massive difference to your booking strategy, but if there is an outside chance that you may need to cancel an Avios redemption within 24 hours of booking then make sure you book via ba.com and not avios.com.
(EDIT: It seems, given the comments below, that there is some confusion on this point. I know a reader was refused a cancellation last week for free when he tried within 24 hours. Others are now being told it can be done if it is a BA flight.)
PS. It is also worth a reminder of the other booking restriction at avios.com – you cannot make bookings online within 24 hours of departure. This is not a problem over at ba.com. It does appear to be possible via phone.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.