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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.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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.)

Comments (69)

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  • MDA says:

    OT: When will the Amex lounge open in LHR T3? Its Q3 already..

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      The talk elsewhere is now first half of 2020

    • Rob says:


      Which was obvious from the day it was announced, to everyone except Amex which has never built a UK lounge before. Club Aspire took almost 18 months and that was a conversion of an existing lounge. Amex thought they could do it in 9 months.

      • Harold says:

        New Edinburgh Aspire lounge delayed yet again
        (a common theme it seems)
        Now due 29th Oct unless anyone knows different?

        • Rob says:

          Thanks. We are hoping to go up and have a look at this, tied in with a visit to the Signature Private Jet terminal at Luton (as they liked Rhys’ Gatwick review!).

          • David D says:

            Hoping they manage to stick to that date now as looking forward to trying it out.

  • Simon says:

    The Virgin offer is 4 miles per pound spent on the Virgin cc between 1st and 3rd November but this was via an email invitation.

    • Andrew M says:

      Did anyone else get this? Is it definitely targeted? I didn’t get an email but I think I probably had promotional emails turned off.

      • Andrew says:

        Received Via Virgin Red:-

        Flying Club members are invited to Bicester Village’s Private Sale between 18th October – 3rd November where they’ll be able to save 20% on the Village price in participating boutiques or 30% with a minimum purchase from £200 on over 100 boutiques! As if that wasn’t good enough, spend £500 or more and you’ll earn an exclusive 1,000 Flying Club miles! This is a perfect opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done early with spectacular savings and earn bonus miles, which could go towards a winter sun escape or next year’s summer holiday.

    • Simon says:

      Yes, must be targeted. My offer as follows:
      An additional saving of 20% off in participating boutiques and 30% off with a minimum purchase during the Village’s Private Sale‡
      Earn a bonus 3 miles for every £1 spend in stores as well as the usual miles you’ll earn when using your Virgin Atlantic Credit Card*
      An exclusive gift with every purchase of £350 or more at the BOSS boutique

  • flyingbee says:

    IHG Rewards Club points for event tickets: in case you are wondering, Disney on Ice is amazing if you have small children who like Disney. My 5 year old daughter has been asking all year when we will go again. Over the years I’ve gradually worked up from cheap seats at the back to this year getting front row seats (this will be our 4th time). My daughter always dresses up in one of her princess dresses too!

  • mark2 says:

    re Shop Small
    There is still time to get a full set of supplementary cards by December. The card holder can have a supplementary with relationship type other.

    • MattB says:

      If supplementary cards are classed as separate to main them we have 6 cards between us which is fine for our habits. Not many options in my immediate area but plenty in Cardiff.

      • Nate1309 says:

        Giovannis is one of my favourite uses in cardiff, split a meal for 2 across all my cards. But it didnt auto trigger last year and took ages to chase up afterwards.

      • LewisB says:

        You can do a great bar crawl in Cardiff. Zero degrees, Kongs, Tiny Rebel, Moon, Pulse all included. Finish it off with a good dinner at Astor 44 or Curado. Real Italian Pizza company is on the Meerkat 241 if you have that, plus split the bill across two (or more) amex cards. Absolute bargain.

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    OT: Best priority pass lounge in Singapore Changi Terminal 1, any ideas? Very long layover on the way back from bali.

    • The Lord says:

      Not sure if it was T1 but we really liked the food and drink at the Dnata lounge. Also was super quiet. Heard other good reviews of the other PP lounge but forget the name

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Go and ride the giant slide. You know you want to really ;).

  • Kazim says:

    Went to Bicester this weekend and forgot to visit the visitor centre to get the avios. Is there still an email address to which you can send your receipts so that they can credit your BA account?

  • Ben E says:

    Oh wow, surprised I didn’t get my cards suspended last year! Will have to be canny at spreading payments over time!

  • Jason says:

    OT shoestring thanks for advice yesterday Flybe changed flight to BA after a little bit of challenge , interestingly wasn’t offered initially and was told it wasn’t possible to start off with

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