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British Airways to launch a partnership with Brazilian airline GOL?

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According to Brazilian newspaper Globo, British Airways and GOL have agreed a frequent flyer partnership.

The article states that it is only for frequent flyer redemption and not earning. This seems highly unlikely, so I suspect that what we will actually see is a full codeshare combined with frequent flyer earn and burn benefits.

This is a sensible move for British Airways. Since LATAM left the oneworld alliance earlier this year, British Airways lost some connectivity options in South America.

GOL has a 40% share of the domestic market in Brazil. It has hubs in both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro which would allow connections to and from British Airways services.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes 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

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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 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 (66)

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  • Ian McDowall says:

    The £100 for 1500 avios appeared on my app but not on my wife’s. (separate account.)
    Which is a bit odd, except we’ve been using her card most of the time to achieve the 10k in a year. So maybe they think she doesn’t need it.

  • Martin says:

    Alas no offer on the blue card for me.

  • AndyS says:

    mine only appeared on the website, not the app. 500 for 500 x2. Free card.

    the T&C also say “excluding payment aggregators”. Is PayPal an aggregator, likewise apple or android pay?

    • Lady London says:

      paypal is
      plus things like izettle, if a retailer happens to use it

    • Robert says:

      I spent £100 at Master of Malt (using PayPal) and got an email immediately saying I had used by Amex offer… The payment is still pending, mind you… But I’m hoping the email suggests it worked?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      What difference would that make it’s valid for any spend. I reckon it’s just a hangover from whatever T&C’s they hurriedly copied.

  • James says:

    I’m assuming we can just buy an Amazon gift card…

  • Will says:

    I have BOTH the £100 spend to get 1500 Avios AND the £500 spend to get 500 Avios on my free BA Card..

  • Stan Mullery says:

    Saved the offer to my card this morning. Filled up with petrol, did a weekly shop and had spent £91.03.

    Just bought a book on Kindle at 2130 tonight that put me just over the £100 spend. 5 minutes later I get the confirmation from Amex that I had triggered the award.

    Extra 1500 Avios for what I was going to spend today (this week) already 😀

    It therefore confirms in my mind that it is a cumulative total that is required.

    • Stu N says:

      Agreed, I bought a few things today and the one that took me over £100 triggered the email. Pretty confident it is cumulative.

    • AJA says:

      I agree this spend £100 get 1,500 Avios is based on cumulative spending. I bought my niece some Nike trainers for Xmas via the BA shopping portal yesterday (got 4 Avios per £1 confirmed by email today too) and then today went to Waitrose. Got the “You just used your Avios offer” email when I got home. Individually spend on both was under £100 but combined spend was over.

  • IO says:

    OT. Has anyone receive any BA crockery etc yet? I have not heard anything.

    • Robert says:

      I got a nicely worded email to let me know they’re working hard to fulfil extremely high demand and that my order will be fulfilled. I placed it around 10 days ago.

      Has anyone else still got the Fenwick offer on AmEx card? Frustrating that I never get worthwhile offers on mine.

  • Kenneth Mactavish says:

    Would have been nice to receive the offer!

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