Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Get a 15% discount on hotel and car hire bookings made with Avios – worth it?

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British Airways Executive Club has emailed some, not all, members with a special deal.  Until 30th September, you can book a hotel or car with your Avios and save 15% on the usual price.

Stays must be completed by 31st December.

Because it is a targeted offer, you won’t see anything online to prove that it is actually working.  Trust me, it is if you got the email.  If the results of your search look poor, it is because this deal IS poor.

Under this promotion, you will be getting 0.66p per Avios redeemed.  This is poor in my book, although better than the standard rate which works out at around 0.57p per Avios. 

As the cost is 29,850 Avios or 1,000 Avios + £190, you are saving £190 by using a net 28,850 Avios.  This is (19000/28850) 0.66p per Avios.

Even worse,  the stays will be non-qualifying so you won’t receive any hotel loyalty points or status benefits either.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points 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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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 (65)

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  • Polly says:

    Great ba ex eu sale to capetowm and bit more to joburg out there today ex ams around 1100 euros . Up to next April

    • Russ says:

      Straight to the comments section on that. I am perpetually astounded by people who want to travel but dismiss saving points as a means to the desired end. Only last weekend my brother and sister in law were bemoaning their Hawaii trip had gone belly up because they couldn’t get the money together. Yet they did that silly grin when I was explaining how we mange Dubai in F on BA, coming back on Emirates in business and staying at a 5* hotel with butler and free transfers. Unbelievable.

      • Shoestring says:

        Even more fun when your wife does that, especially when she gets another card

      • Anna says:

        I don’t know, it’s quite reassuring that so many people don’t want to compete with us for reward flights. I can’t understand how so many people complain about lack of redemption flights; where are they actually looking? My redemption opportunities are only limited by the amount of annual leave I have!

        • Polly says:

          Agree Anna. Am having to repeat stuff a lot so literally cant help people anymore. Ask same questions..i write it out again and again..send links..then hear they never l give uo now. As you say leaves more seats for us. It does take focus as we all know..but how many times have we to explain…and l really want them to benefit.

        • Shoestring says:

          My bro kept on getting his wallet out every year & showing me the free Airport Angels cards that came with his Barclays account (a few years ago). Free lounge x6 at the time.

          But he never used them.

      • Optimus Prime says:

        Out of curiosity – what’s the hotel name? 🙂

  • Stevie G says:

    Sorry if mentioned. Avios app says it will close on the 19th Sept.

  • Stephanie Zeus says:

    Ok Thanks for the info though

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