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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.

Earn Avios with Airbnb stays

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

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.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

30,000 Avios 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (204)

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  • Cat says:

    OK, emergency advice needed.
    Unfortunately my sister Maz didn’t realise that she needed an ESTA for her 10 month old, she already had her own one sorted. She has 25 minutes until check in closes, she has submitted the application an hour or two ago, but the result is pending authorisation still. They won’t let her check in and won’t take her bags until the ESTA comes through.
    Has anybody got any helpful advice going forward?
    Much appreciated.

    • Cat says:

      Is there anything she can do to speed things up at all?

    • Anna says:

      Oh no, what a nightmare! I know ESTAs can take days to be authorised and I have no idea what sort of priority they are allocated. Your sister might have to throw herself on the mercy of the airline and ask to be put on another flight. I think the US is pretty unforgiving about these things. It’s very odd that there was no alert in her booking about it though. Let us know how she gets on, fingers x’d for her!

      • Cat says:

        I think she’s doing that now. I have x’ed fingers too!

        • AndyGWP says:

          I assume she has logged back in to check status, and isn’t relying on an email appearing? 🙂

          • Cat says:

            No, she was refreshing every few seconds.
            ESTA came through 15 minutes after check in closed, annoyingly, but they have her on standby tomorrow morning, and she has booze now, so she’s calmed TF down, thank goodness. She was in a right old state earlier, bless her.

    • Anna says:

      It also says that it can take 72 hours (our last ones took a couple of days), and that if you submit any incorrect information you have to wait 10 days before you re-apply – so not worth risking under normal circumstances!

      • Lady London says:

        Might be a bit too late but I think the trick is to log out from the ESTA site and go back in again. Otherwise it doesn’t refresh and you may be looking at old cache thinking it’s not come when it has.

        I got caught on that the first two times I applied. The third time the delay was real… But only a couple of hours.

        • Cat says:

          She has the ESTA now, and is on standby for the flight tomorrow, thank goodness!
          Amazingly, the little ‘un stayed jolly and giggly throughout. She is a little bundle of delight!

    • Anna says:

      Hope it all goes smoothly tomorrow for them and she gets to try out all our HFP advice!

      • Cat says:

        Thanks Anna! TBH, I think a daytime flight is a far better option than the night flight to Chicago, I don’t know what made her think that would be a good idea!
        I won’t mention this until after tomorrow though!

  • mark says:

    Ot does anyone know if a points transfer from HSBC to British airways exec account restarts the 36 month account period again? I have some dormant points and i think my exec account is coming to the date where BA can take my points.

    Thank you

  • Andy S says:

    Once Crossrail is fully open, there is very little point using Heathrow Express. As if you’re travelling to the West End, The City of Canary Wharf it will be just as quick to get a direct Crossrail train.

    They should get rid of the Heathrow Express and use the paths for additional GWR and Crossrail services.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      If course it’s not pointless. I think you mean it’s pointless for the journeys YOU make.

  • Rob says:

    Lewis, this is secret until tomorrow 🙂

  • The Original Nick says:

    Just done a dummy booking for 7th – 11th Febraury (off Peak) and it’s still showing as a full price 52000 Avios return LHR-JFK and no sign of the 50% off.

  • Andrew M says:

    Any idea if a Lloyds voucher could be used to upgrade from PE with this offer?

    • meta says:

      Don’t think so as the T&C say no vouchers. Maybe IT won’t work so 241 will work, but Lloyds upgrades certainly won’t as you need to call to use.

  • Grant says:

    I’m guessing as it refers to WT, WT+, CW and F that it’s LH only and no discount on SH routes?

  • BJ says:

    “Interesting…”

    Or probably not so much in most cases given the real attraction is WT and WTP. The devil is in the tax and fees as always; just priced up 2xWTP INV-TYO-EDI coming in at just under £980 + 78k avios. With a notional average value of 1ppa for most folks the real cost of those flights is therefore about €1760. Comoparing that against cheaper miles- and status-earning cash flights on the likes if LH, AF (much better PE) or even BA themselves from a more convenient airpirt then it is not looking so good despite the 50 % avios reduction, and this on a route that’s not amongst the cheapest. However, what’s £35 flexibility worth (assuming these are flexible like normal redemptions)?

    • Lady London says:

      Seen loads of Tokyo recently for £500 or less (albeit wasnt looking from Scotland but EDI was there) cash. And BA wants to take your Avios off you as well, for that pretty much same amount of cash, as a cash fare? Curious.

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