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British Airways has launched a new ‘double Avios’ offer for the Autumn.

This could prove lucrative but, as often with these offers, has the potential to backfire due to intriguing small print.

The sign up page for the offer is here.   If you had trouble earlier, it is now working.

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The offer is simple on the face of it:

You earn double base Avios (excluding cabin and status bonuses) on your next 10 BA flights

The offer runs until the end of 2018

It only applies to new bookings made after you register

Looking at the small print, the offer is also valid on American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair flights when travelling between Europe and North America on a BA flight number.  Don’t be fooled by the comment at the top of the landing page that AA, Iberia and Finnair flights to North Ameria count – the terms and conditions say they do not, unless there is a BA flight number on your boarding pass.

The offer is also valid on Comair-operated BA services in Southern Africa.

However, apart from the exceptions above, no other BA codeshare or franchise flight will count.  You won’t get double Avios on, for example, a Bangkok Airways, Qatar Airways, Vueling or Flybe flight with a BA flight number.

Here’s the snag though ….

You only get double Avios on your first 10 segments. 

If you have a number of long-haul flights coming up before the end of the year, you don’t want to use up your 10 flight allowance too quickly.  This means, bizarrely, you may want to consider moving some short-haul flights away from British Airways.  This will preserve your 10 flight ‘double Avios’ allowance for long-haul flights which will be far more lucrative.

You can register for double Avios here.

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 (83)

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  • Chris says:

    Just saw on FlyerTalk that clicking “Already registered? Book now” link instead comes back with a message that you are now registered for this offer. Hopefully the systems are so broken they will count my existing booking as well!

  • Sussex Bantam says:

    Why does this always happen with BA offers ? I mean – how hard is it to test the link works before sending out the emails ??

    • Andrew says:

      Every single time.

    • Lady London says:

      British Airways was probably focusing more on ensuring the email for the promotion was sent out on the day after their Sale closed. Testing a link before sending it out to millions of subscribers? Really? we’re talking BA you know….. 🙂

    • RussellH says:

      Well, they should be testing on every browser available, using every OS available! The combinations soon mount up and they would need to PAY someone to do the testing, and make notes on it.
      Far cheaper just to let the general public loose on it and do the field testing FOC.
      Of course, this ignores the cost of putting it right, while the reputational cost comes out of a different budget.

  • Renaud says:

    Slightly O/T :

    I’m planning a NYC trip in November and trying to decide between 2 options :
    1. Paying cash for WTP (£770 return) and possibly upgrade inbound leg to CW with Avios (if/when availability comes back for our flight)
    2. Using an Lloyds upgrade voucher which expires soon : £420 tax + 26000 Avios for WTP. The £350 saving is better than nothing, but if you count the 6900 Avios I could earn back by paying cash, it’s an unimpressive 1.06p/avios value (possibly even worse with this Double Avios promotion !)

    I have about 150K Avios and my girlfriend has 50K. We would each use 1 Lloyds voucher (she has 1 and I have 3 in total, one of which expires 31 Oct)

    On the one hand, better use this voucher and Avios now and take the £350 + some more flexibility ( btw : if CW availability comes back, can I ring Avios and change the inbound booking to CW for extra Avios + tax ?)
    OTOH, this isn’t great value per Avios and there’s this Double Avios promotion…

    What do you think ?

    • Paul says:

      Or… Norwegian ‘not quite business but far better than premium economy’ as it’s only 6 hours…

    • Renaud says:

      How large is the “cabin bonus” in WTP ? This London to NYC normally earns 6900 avios, would that be 13800 earned in this Double Avios promotion ?
      If so, the value per Avios for my redemption above falls to 0.88p. I didn’t earn them flying, mostly BAPP + Lloyds Amex + Amex Gold.

      Plus, there is now CW availability for my inbound flight so I could use Avios to upgrade that from cash WTP… is it even possible to use a Lloyds upgrade voucher to upgrade economy -> WTP outbound and WTP -> CW inbound ?

    • Lady London says:

      I’d use up the lloyds voucher if it’s going to expire – provided value of avios being paid for is somewhere vaguely near not much more than 1p per avios. I suspect for NYC upgrades easier to secure than some other destinations though poster could check now.

      • Renaud says:

        Can you change a Lloyds voucher WTP booking to CW if availability opens up later ?

        Reasons I’m reluctant to use the voucher are 1. my girlfriend only has one (I have three so can afford one expiring) 2. the double avios promotion means we would earn back a lot of Avios by paying cash

  • Zain says:

    Seems like I might be one of the lucky ones who were able to register successfully.

    British Airways offer registration
    Thank you, Mr XXXXX, you are now registered for this offer.

    I usually credit my BA flights to Alaska Air as bonuses are far better on there and don’t have a lot of TPs, might that be the reason why I was successful?

  • James Hudson says:

    It’s says valid for flights booked after registering.
    I have a flight booked, but pending e-ticket issue for changes made.
    Does anyone if the original date the booking was set up counts, or when the new e-ticket is issued?

  • meta says:

    It seems to be fixed now. I couldn’t register initially, but just tried now and it worked.

  • Tracy says:

    Link worked fine for me just now. Fingers crossed it works for existing booking too lol

  • A Dickinson says:

    Running until end of 2018, so does this mean provided the flight is booked in 2018 it will count or does it have to have been completed in 2018 also?

    For example I am looking to book flights to New Deli in February 2019, if i book today, will i get the offer?

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