British Airways has launched a new ‘double Avios’ offer for the rest of 2019.
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. You must register to take part.
The offer is simple on the face of it:
You earn double base Avios (excluding cabin and status bonuses) on your next six one-way British Airways flights
After completing your 6th sector, you get an additional bonus of 2019 Avios
The offer runs until the end of 2019 but flights must be booked by 19th April
All routes and all cabins are included
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 with ‘double Avios’ though ….
You only get double Avios on your first six segments (ie six one-way flights) after registration.
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 six flight allowance too quickly. This means, bizarrely, you may want to consider moving some short-haul flights away from British Airways or delay registration. This will preserve your six flight ‘double Avios’ allowance for long-haul flights which will be far more lucrative.
You can register for double Avios here. You MUST register to receive your bonus.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 10,000 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.