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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 (February 2023)

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

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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 £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.

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

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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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  • Robert says:

    Surely it’s 747s not 747’s unless we are American..? ;- )

    • jkay86 says:

      Glad I’m not the only one to have thought of that!

    • Rhys says:

      747’s isn’t American, it’s just wrong! Unfortunately Rob didn’t study literature at uni like some of us….

  • Francis says:

    Doesn’t seem to apply to supplementary card holders.

  • Rob Collins says:

    Had the ‘Spend £500 get 500 Avios’ x 2 offer on my BA Amex. It sounds from the wording that it may be single spend only, which would be unfortunate as I can’t see that I’ll be spending £500 on a single transaction any time soon.

    • mr_jetlag says:


      “500 flat Avios will be rewarded upon spend of £500 per UK Card up to 2 times for a maximum of 1000 Avios.
      Avios will only be rewarded if the spend threshold of £500 (Great British Pounds (GBP)) is met.”

      As read it doesn’t require single transaction of £500 (and indeed, this has never been the case since eg airline spend is charged per passenger so 4×125 triggers this offer)

  • Lee says:

    Rob, Spend £500, receive 500 Avios is closing at 31/01/2021 on my card. Don’t know if this was anything to do with my card has both offer on it.

  • PeterK says:

    My offer is ‘Get 500 Avios when you spend £500 anywhere, up to 2 times until 31 January 2021. Offer only available to the first 75,000’
    According to the T&Cs ‘500 flat Avios will be rewarded upon spend of £500 per UK Card up to 2 times for a maximum of 1000 Avios’ so I interpret this as not necessarily having to be £500 spend in a single transaction?

  • LEWIS says:

    Is there no IHG advent Callander promo this year?

  • JP says:

    Can confirm it is cumulative – made two payments that took me over the £100 and got the email yesterday

  • Ian says:

    I’ve got the spend £100 get 1,500 bonus Avios on my card and it does appear to be cumulative spend up to 31 December. Spend in foreign currency counts as long as the bill is “settled” – i.e. payment taken from your account – in Sterling, subject to the usual foreign exchange fee of course.

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