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Earn bonus British Airways American Express Avios at Tesco and Waitrose

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Holders of the British Airways Premium Plus American Express have a good ‘bonus Avios’ offer available.

To see if you have this, look at the ‘Offers’ tab on your online statement page.  You need to click ‘Save to Card’ to register.  This offer is only for Premium Plus cardholders.

Here is the deal:

You will receive 2 bonus Avios (so 3.5 Avios per £1 in total) on every £1 you spend at Tesco, Waitrose & Partners, Marks & Spencer, Deliveroo and Apple

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Offer runs until 12th September

Offer is valid instore and online

Some exclusions apply, see the Amex website for details

This is a strong offer, albeit there is a limit to how much supermarket spending you will do over the next three months.  Most people will struggle to earn more than 2,500 additional Avios over this period.

One possibility is buying gift cards at Tesco for other retailersThis would be especially useful for Amazon, Uber or iTunes where you can add a gift card to your online account and it is used up automatically on future orders.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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

25,000 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 a huge range of valuable 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

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 (60)

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  • Duncan Stevenson-Price says:

    Do we know if the additional Avios will be awarded when using Tesco Pay+?

    The offer doesn’t say either way, as far as I can tell.

    • Nick_C says:

      Hi Duncan,

      The details of the offer say “Offer only applies to spend made in Great British Pound (GBP) on the Card to which the offer is saved, including an American Express Card loaded into a mobile payment wallet.” So PayPlus should work, and if it doesn’t you should get the bonus Avios added manually if you call up.

      • Duncan Stevenson-Price says:

        Argh, how did I miss that. Thanks Nick!

        I guess there’s the chance they mean Apple Pay, but I think that gives me some confidence.

  • Eugene says:

    Don’t count on it…
    However if you have a Tesco Premium Credit Card loaded to your Pay+ then this offer is still weak as you get approx 37.5% more Avios charging your shopping to that. 2 Cc points per £ of regular shopping at a 2.4 conversion rate to Avios.
    Good at Waitrose tho now the Virgin deal has slipped quietly away.

    • Duncan Stevenson-Price says:

      Don’t have the Tesco card unfortunately.

      There’s precedent for these offers to work with payment wallets (such as the Caffè Nero offers that are so common) but it does seem hit and miss. I guess we’ll find out this morning!

    • Genghis says:

      Really?

      BAPP = 3.5 avios + use cc card 1 cc point (2.4 avios) = 5.9 avios /£

      Or Tesco debit / premium credit = 1 cc + use of clubcard = 2cc = 4.8/£, 23% higher with BAPP?

      No pay plus offer currently, I believe?

      For petrol, set BAPP as the payment card and your Tesco debit card / credit card cc no as cc no for maximum points, no?

  • Kip says:

    Strangely this wasn’t on my “my offers” page but I did get an email which let me save the offer to my card. Might be worth checking your emails if you don’t see the offer

  • Tom Murray says:

    It’s not on our cards either – presumably because we already spend approx £100 a week at Waitrose on our BAPP cards. Kip, where did your email come from? I don’t think we get any emails from Amex?
    Tom

    • Rob says:

      Amex put out a press release on this offer so it should be for all BAPPs. Note that, on mine, it was at the very bottom of my offers list and I had to click ‘See more’.

      • Yorkieflyer says:

        Not on supps though!

      • DB2020 says:

        Received the offer by email. It did not appear in the offers tab, so I used the ‘Save to card’ link at the bottom of the email and used my BAPP card at Tesco yesterday. I will monitor the Avios awarded.

        Also, Amazon gift cards do not appear to earn Clubcard points, I bought one at the beginning of last week and did not receive any Clubcard points for it. Might be hit and miss. Perhaps it is still worth buying these gift cards at Tesco using the BAPP card because spend at Tesco should earn the additional Avios.

        • Rob says:

          Correct. Tesco-bought Gift Cards NEVER earned base Clubcard points but, for many years, you got 150 bonus Clubcard points for every £50-worth.

      • Luc says:

        Any chance we can get a link to the press release Rob? I didn’t receive the offer on my BAPP (primary card holder) and didn’t receive an email offer either. When I queried with Amex support, they asked me to produce the “press release” otherwise they were adamant that it was targeted and not all UK based BAPP card holders would get the offer…

    • Kip says:

      It came on Thu around midday if that’s of any help.

  • BJ says:

    Thanks for the Malaysian competition, I’ll give it a go although my MIL is just two speedboats and a taxi ride away.

    • Boi says:

      Can I visit your MIL? Sounds like she lives in a beautiful area 🤣

      • BJ says:

        A visit with here is always like an appearance on The Apprentice.

        • BJ says:

          She has 6 kids, all are expected to have at least one thriving business and plans for at least one more at any given time. She’s over 70 but has never slowed down. All her children are expected to be at home to celebrate new year together which amounts to nothing more than a family business conference. It’s relentless.

  • Tony says:

    Any chance you can drop a note back to your “friends” at Malaysian Airlines and suggest they do the right thing when it comes to making refunds for flights they cancelled, rather than foisting useless, time limited vouchers on folk? I know I’m not the only one to have been legged over by them.

    • Rob says:

      The UK team have no control over that. It these flights didn’t touch the UK you’re also relying on Malaysian law.

      • Tony says:

        Not sure that makes this large scale theft in any way acceptable. Just think it’s worth folk being aware that this company has no scruples when it comes to how they treat customers and is operating at the very sharpest end of practice we’ve seen in the current crisis.

  • Angelo says:

    But you don’t get clubcard points on gift vouchers, from their website:

    “You can’t collect points on some products due to various legal, regulatory or contractual reasons. These products are: tobacco or tobacco related products, lottery, stamps, prescription medicines, infant formula milk, Tesco gift cards, 3rd party gift cards, saving stamps, in-store concessions, Paypoint payments or purchases of some Tesco Bank products. Other products may also be excluded at the discretion of Tesco.

    From 20 April 2020, you’ll no longer collect Clubcard points on the value of Clubcard vouchers and money-off coupons you use in your shop.”

    • Boi says:

      But the points are Earned through your spending on BAPP, so it doesn’t matter what you are spending on as long as the charge is from Tesco/Waitrose you get the 3.5 avoid/£.

      • Angelo says:

        aha – thanks Boi – I was still focused on the loss of the clubcard card points and bonuses you used to get, Yes still worthwhile – may bad – thanks for the correction 🙂

  • Adam J says:

    Does anyone know if the BA Amex offer would work with.waitrose gift vouchers?

    • Boi says:

      But the points are Earned through your spending on BAPP, so it doesn’t matter what you are spending on as long as the charge is from Tesco/Waitrose you get the 3.5 avoid/£.

      In short, yes it should work.

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