This articles shows you how you can earn Avios points when you buy foreign currency from Travelex.
Over the years it has been hard to keep up with how you are meant to earn Avios when purchasing foreign currency. At some point British Airways has had deals with Travelex, Moneycorp and American Express. Dropping Travelex for American Express turned out to be a mistake, as Travelex took over the American Express desks in Terminal 5.
Avios and Travelex are now best buddies again. You can earn Avios points when you pre-order foreign currency via the Travelex website for collection at the airport or delivered.
The webpage you need is here. This drops you straight into the currency calculator.
Do not go via the Travelex homepage as there is no option there to add your Avios account details.
Travelex lets you pre-order over 40 currencies and collection is available with as little as four hours notice.
This is what you need to know:
You collect 1 Avios for every £1 when exchanging over £300
Collect 1 Avios for every £2 when exchanging below £300
You must pre-order via the Travelex website here, for airport collection, for Travelex store collection or delivery
Home delivery is free if you exchange over £600, chargeable if you exchange less
You can credit your Avios to BA Executive Club or Iberia Plus
Avios will be added within 14 days of collection or delivery
It is good to see that pre-ordering is required. The walk-up exchange rates at Heathrow are, frankly, shocking and you should never exchange money without ordering in advance. You will receive a substantially better rate this way.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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