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Earn double Avios points at Bicester Village this week

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Bicester Village, the discount luxury shopping outlet in Oxfordshire, is running a special sale until 3rd November.

As part of this promotion, Bicester Village is also offering double Avios.  The standard Avios rate is 5 Avios per £4 spent.  During this sale period, you will receive 10 Avios per £4 spent.  This includes food and drink spend on site.

You do not claim your Avios in each individual store.  You need to take your receipts to the Visitor Centre who will process them in one transaction.

Bicester Village Avios

Amusingly, Bicester Village imposes a £30,000 per calendar year cap on your Avios earning at the base rate.  If you spend more than £30,000 in a calendar year (!) you will only earn 5 Avios per £20 spent above the cap.

You can find out more on this special BA page of the Bicester Village website.

Note that Bicester Village works with MANY other airline partners so if Avios is not your core focus you should still find a partner to suit you.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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 sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (69)

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  • Shoestring says:

    I reckon I will get an extension, sounds like good news

    my wife has sent out a lorryload of furniture to our house in the sun, due Thursday

    I reckon she’s f’d up and no way will it arrive this week while I am here, you can’t trust them to do what is contracted

    so I will have to cancel my IB tickets (Sunday) & buy new Avios fares for next week

  • The Streets says:

    Interesting tie up between Avios and Barclays… I have just been offered 25,000 Avios to switch my banking to them for the free Barclays UK Premier Account

  • jason says:

    OT anyway to change seats online for a JAL flight booked through BA thanks

    • Nick_C says:

      Phone BA? I have a JAL domestic flight coming up. Booked with AA (redemption). No way to reserve seats on line, even with the JAL record locator, but AA were able to do it over the phone.

    • Nick_C says:

      ETA – I assume you are talking about a domestic flight, because I also have a JAL international flight coming up (HK to HND). This was booked on line with BA but I did the seat reservation through the JAL website with no problems.

  • ChrisC says:

    OT but IHG related

    Just had an email saying the bonus kindle books will be ending next year

    • Bloke formerly in India says:

      same. However their i stayed at a HI in Portsmouth UK this week and on connecting to hotel wifi it now offers quite a few newspapers and magazines as pdf downloads which it didn’t last time i was there a few weeks back.

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