Last week I wrote an article on how you can earn Avios when flying with United Airlines, even though United is a member of Star Alliance.
This is because United has a partnership with Aer Lingus which pre-dates the purchase of Aer Lingus by BA’s owner IAG. You can fly with United, credit the Avios to an Aer Lingus AerClub account, and move them to British Airways Executive Club via ‘Combine My Avios’.
Nice plan. The teeny tiny snag was that, in the 18 months since AerClub launched, it had never managed to solve the IT problem of getting United Airlines to post.
Now they have. If you have ever credited a United flight to AerClub, check your Aer Lingus account. You will hopefully have a surprise package of Avios waiting for you.
Whether Avios will now credit on a timely basis for future United flights remains to be seen ….
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)
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:
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.
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.