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 (March 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Until 9th April 2021, American Express is running the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.
You will earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Platinum (apply here) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Gold (apply here) which is FREE for your first year. Points transfer 1:1 into Avios. Here are links to our reviews:
Here are your other options. There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)