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Get 1,000 Avios points with your first Airbnb stay

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Back in June British Airways partnered with Airbnb to offer Avios with your Airbnb bookings, with 3 Avios earned per £1/€1/$1 spent.

It also had an introductory offer of 500 Avios with your first booking.

There is now a new promotion that doubles the introductory offer to 1,000 Avios for your first booking.

Earn Avios with Airbnb stays

The promotion is not appearing on the official Airbnb page on the British Airways website, although it is showing on the Executive Club offers page when you log in.

To get the offer you MUST book via the link on ba.com. You will not receive any Avios if you go via the standard Airbnb home page.

You can also get £25 off your first Airbnb booking by using Anika’s refer a friend link which is here.  There is a minimum spend of £55.

I don’t know if you can do this and earn Avios at the same time, but the £25 discount is a better deal if you can’t.


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 (204)

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  • BJ says:

    O/T: Top page BBC article on 787 safety this morning.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50293927

    • BSI1978 says:

      Thanks BJ,

      Would never describe myself as a nervous flyer (I wouldn’t follow this page if I was!) but it’s articles like this, and the many allegations against Boeing now which does raise concerns as to their corporate culture. Hoping that the MAX issues aren’t replicated elsewhere….

      • BJ says:

        Flying is very safe but once in a while shortcomings are bad news for many. My concern is that we seem to hear much more about these stories for Boeing than Airbus, and that oversight by FAA (and probably others) might not be as sound as we should reasonably expect. Although I do not know the stats, my guess is that flying has become increasingly safe over time. It would be a great pity if all the progress in technology, training and management that have contributed to this was undermined by shoddy corporate culture.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      It’s become clear over the last couple of years that the culture at Boeing has shifted slightly from a 100% safety focus to a mix of safety and sales (hence the rush for the 737 Max which is the only modern plane released that cannot safely fly without software, all because sales were in a rush to get a new model out to be competitive with Airbus).

      None of this means that their airplanes aren’t safe of course, just that the culture has shifted in some small way.

      The 787 story today is hard to get a read on how serious this is – certainly there hasn’t been any real-life issues with this so far, only in the testing. That could either be just good luck or because this isn’t a real problem.

      I still hold my long term view that the Max has to be scrapped (or smaller engines found, removing the need for MCAS which is the system that has caused the issues) and the only reason it hasn’t is because of the money people.

    • Paul Pogba says:

      Pickle fork cracks found in three Qantas 737s have now been found in three Ryanair aircraft: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/ryanair-grounds-three-planes-due-to-cracking-between-wing-and-fuselage-1.4074196

    • Doug M says:

      Not great. But you never know whether these stories are around all the time, and just take traction when there’s a bigger safety concern.
      Incidentally, on the version I read it referred to the assembly centre in the South Carolina. My understanding from Flyertalk was Qatar refuse 787s built in there, and insist on Washington ones as they believe the Carolina plant has issues.

  • Nick M says:

    OT – what is the best way to find out which airports fly directly to another (specifically Agadir)?

    Using Google/Skyscanner, the prices from London for the dates I’m looking at (April) are around 3-4 times normal pricing. So looking at potentially having a couple of nights elsewhere en route – ideally aomewhere we can get to with Avios or fairly inexpensively. There will be 4 of us, so a reasonable saving on flights will hopefully cover hotel costs

    • Genghis says:

      On sky scanner you can input to start from the UK, enter Agadir then filter to direct flights.

      • Genghis says:

        Or if nothing from the UK you can search “everywhere” from Agadir and then again where you want to fly from and then match up the cheapest combo

        • Nick M says:

          That was the potential complication… happy to consider anywhere between here and there as a stop over, provided we could get reasonably priced flights/accommodation

    • Callum says:

      I prefer Wikipedia to Skyscanner. The only way to catch routes that aren’t daily on Skyscanner is to search for the whole month, and I may be unlucky but the results I get on vague searches are invariably terrible and inaccurate.

      Definitely requires more effort, but I get better results.

      • Lumma says:

        +1 Wikipedia page for the airport and airlines and destinations section. Great resource for trying to get somewhere that the direct flights from the UK are relatively expensive.

        For Agadir have you looked at flying to Essaouira instead? Ryanair have started flying there and easyJet have for some time. Or even Marrakech? Even if just one direction it could be worth it – and Essaouira is a great place to spend a couple of days anyway

        • Genghis says:

          +1 for Essaouira. Best place in Morocco, which isn’t saying much, however…

        • Nick M says:

          Didn’t even think of Wikipedia – thank you… yes that looks to be a great starting point, thanks.

          Will have a look at Essouira too – we’re meeting someone just north of Agadir and they said there were lots of low cost flights… I just didn’t seem to find any, but as Anna says it will be over the Easter holidays!

    • Anna says:

      There would possibly be flights from Spain given its historic links with Morocco, but if you’re traveling over the Easter period prices are going to be high whichever route you take.

    • memesweeper says:

      flightconnections.com — a marvellous resource

    • Andrew M says:

      This is a fantastic tool for researching routes –
      https://www.flightconnections.com/
      You can search all routes from any destination or get complete route maps for individual airlines, which is usually how I use it,

    • VP says:

      I second Callum’s suggestion of Wikipedia. It is quite reliable in most cases and serves as a good starting point.

      • John says:

        “It” is only reliable because somebody can be bothered to update it. This person could be you.

    • Alex M says:

      flightconnections.com

    • Tom1 says:

      Flight connections.com

    • Lady London says:

      Pretty sure Agadir used to be a destination much provided by package holiday companies. Guessing Thomson, TUI, would take a guess tjaereborg, Ryanair even but not necessarily from the UK. You might get a package deal for less than the cost of some flights. Gut feeling France in particular may have flights going there too.

  • Benylin says:

    OT: Cairo – hotel ideas? Could end up being 4/5 nights split on either end of my trip depending if first night counts.

    Land at 5.10am so wonder if I check in early if I have to pay full rate? Most likely will be a cash booking, I have some IHG points and free nights but probably spent better elsewhere. I do have 35k and 45k respectively of VA points I could convert to Hilton if useful. Struggle to use these points.

    • BJ says:

      Kempinski

      • Benilyn says:

        @BJ:
        Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo
        or
        Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Cairo

        • BJ says:

          Nile. However, if you are not planning on being in hotel much I’d save cash and stay elsewhere.

    • Lumma says:

      Being Egypt, I’d imagine you’d have a better chance of a room being “available” in the morning if some cash was handed over to the check in agent…

    • ankomonkey says:

      We stayed at Hilton Pyramids Golf earlier this year. It’s not centrally located (so not near Egyptian Museum), but is in a fairly modern and new shopping mall area. The rooms were massive and everything was new. It also had a good pool and we got lounge access as HH Gold – a bargain at 10k HH points/night.

  • mark says:

    Ot i have a few avios in my ba account i have not used for over 2 years do they get cancelled at some point if i dont add some or buy something from the shopping portal?

    Thank u

    • Shoestring says:

      £2 delivered (or something like that) for some batteries from 7DayShop

      or buy a secondhand book £2.80 from AbeBooks

  • EvilDoctorK says:

    https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2019/11/06/heathrow-express-to-use-single-platform-at-paddington/

    This can’t be good news for Heathrow Express services ( they’ll only be using one platform at Paddington now rather than the current arrangement with two platforms , so there won’t always be a train to board )

    Hard to see how this won’t mean increased queuing to board as well as making the service more susceptible to delays / slower to recover from delays ? .. I assume it will still be theoretically 15 minute service, but it’s going to be more ‘fragile’

    • ChrisBCN says:

      There is enough slack in the system for things to run smoothly with one platform most of the time. Problems will only start to occur when a train arrives or leaves later than it should by anything around 10 minutes or more, but given there is enough slack at the Heathrow end, it’s only when there are major delays on the GWR fast services that this becomes a problem – and that is the same situation as today.

    • Rob says:

      There a WILL always be a train at T5 now, which was not the case before, so swings and roundabouts.

  • memesweeper says:

    No more first class on the Stansted Express means no more buy-first-class-and-get-fast-track-security-at-the-airport — which, at Stansted, is a really good idea. In the opposite direction no access to the First lounge at Liverpool Street to catch up on emails before the first actual meetings of the day. All round the loss of first on this route is a proper downgrade.

    • Shoestring says:

      and the SWR strike (effectively all of December!) can’t be good news is you use that line

      A union has announced 27 days of rail strikes during December and on New Year’s Day as part of a long-running dispute over train guards.
      The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said its staff at South Western Railway (SWR) had been left with “no choice” but to take industrial action.
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-50307665

  • VP says:

    OT: We went to the World Travel Market (WTM) yesterday and if you have the time it is definitely worth a popover. Entry is free with pre registration. Virgin Atlantic had a fun game lasting 30 seconds and the highest scorer each day wins 2 return economy + 5 nights with breakfast in Israel. (We played it twice..alas we didnt win). If you are there with your partner its a genuine 1 in 100 odds of winning I would say which is pretty good for the nature of prize. Turkish had their latest business class seat and amenity kit on display as well. It is also a wonder opportunity to browse through stalls of various countries and get some tourist info which you wouldn’t think of otherwise while having various sweets/nibbles. Madame Tussauds had an afternoon tea with Queen display which was very popular for pictures. There was Daniel Craig’s wax statue as well. Harry potter stand was also popular for pics with the robes and wands provided.
    In Europe section, at least 4-5 stalls were very generous with wines from their countries, Irish whiskey shots were available as well, lots of cheese, popcorn, ice cream, traditional snack bites, (all free of course) but the area is huge and you do need to walk a lot. So probably helps best if you are genuinely interested in travel and finding out about places rather than just going for free wine and food. Many interesting traditional dances/programmes also take place from time to time. (Asia section scored very well in this).
    I wouldn’t take a day off especially for this but if you do happen to have a free day or afternoon, would highly recommend this. Best time is in the afternoon 13.30-16.30 when the wine and food starts flowing more generously.

    • VP says:

      Just wanted to add that it is at Excel Centre, London and today is the last day. While, the closing time is 18h, most stalls start closing or go for private events after 17h. The Virgin game ran till 17h30 or 17h45 I believe.

    • Jtz says:

      I was there yesterday too and would definitely reccommend it, the talks were really good too and I got info about countries/cities I never thought of visiting.

    • AndyGWP says:

      Thanks both – sounds fairly interesting and one to look out for next year!

      You have me wondering about “Madame Tussauds had an afternoon tea with Queen display which was very popular for pictures” though.

      Was it Queen? or the Queen?

  • Andrew MS says:

    OT . Yesterday I noticed the Manchester Airport app had updated so i had a look . They are offering 20 percent off lounge access which i took advantage of and booked a space in the 1903 lounge , which comes with fast track security, for £36

    • Rob says:

      I am at PremiAir as I type – see Instagram

      • GJB says:

        Very much looking forward to a review of this. If they do this will it will make such a huge difference to those of us who despise MAN security.

      • Dev says:

        Great posts on Instagram Rob. I’m tempted to use the lounge the next time I am at Manchester Airport, possibly spring 2020 for the Singapore Airlines flight to Houston.

      • Lady London says:

        Taking one for thé team, Rob? 🙂 I suppose someone’s got to test the one thing that light circumvent the hellhole that apparently MAN sécurité is.

        • Doug M says:

          I’ve read it has improved. The thing is for me it was so bad on two occasions I said I’d never go back. But some £1K AA fares to the right US cities would get me there again as I’m cheap and I know it.

        • Rob says:

          Was the first time in my life that the immigration official and the security team have greeted me by name. It’s a bit weird actually! “Hello Mr Burgess, pop your stuff in the tray …..”

          As indeed did the security guy on the gate. That was weirder because I didn’t know at that point that I was the only customer (which is how he knew it was me).

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