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Lloyds Avios upgrade vouchers are being extended to October – if you ask

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We may not have written about the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit cards in a long time, but the cards are still out there – albeit with a new format – with people who had them before they were closed to new applicants.

Whilst Lloyds no longer offers this, many HfP readers will still have an unused upgrade voucher that they got as an annual bonus with the credit card.

I won’t bother going over how the voucher worked for the benefit of new readers, because it is essentially the same as the new Barclays Avios Rewards voucher. We explained how the Barclays Avios Rewards upgrade voucher works here.

The key differences are:

  • The Lloyds upgrade vouchers were only valid for one year, whilst the Barclays upgrade vouchers will be valid for two years
  • The Lloyds upgrade vouchers could be used in either direction, whilst the rules say that the Barclays vouchers can only be used on flights from the UK – although we won’t know if this is true until people start using the vouchers in 2022
  • The Lloyds vouchers were lost if you cancelled your booking, whilst the Barclays Avios Rewards vouchers are given back to you if you cancel your flight

Avios is extending unused Lloyds vouchers until 31st October

The good news if you have an unused Lloyds Avios upgrade voucher is that Avios is extending them until 31st October 2021.

From what I can tell, as I don’t have one of my own, you need to call Avios to request this. It is not being done automatically. Don’t ask, don’t get.

How do you contact Avios?

You might find the online chat function to be the easiest way.

Go to avios.com and change the country from UK to Ireland. A live chat icon will pop up:

Without wishing to state the obvious, if you try to do this at 9am on Thursday at the same time as a few thousand other HfP readers then you may have trouble getting through …..

Remember that 31st October 2021 is only the booking deadline

Don’t panic about having to fit in a flight this Summer in order to use it. The expiry date of a Lloyds voucher is the booking deadline, not the flying deadline. This is the opposite to how the British Airways American Express companion vouchers work.

Since the British Airways booking window is 355 days, you will be able to fly up to mid October 2022.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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 and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (55)

  • Paul Pogba says:

    I used online chat to check the status of my voucher, apparently expired in Feb 20 and can’t be extended.

  • old bob says:

    Thanks LL for the solution yesterday, your reply got deleted , but I managed to read
    it….worked a treat.

  • flyforfun says:

    So, just to get this straight, you can only extend if you’ve already extended your voucher? I honestly don’t recall when my voucher would have expired. Is there anyway to check? Had a quick look in my emails but can’t see anything. Seem to recall it was a paper letter sent out and it appeared in your now defunct Avios account.

    • ADS says:

      I asked nicely back in October and they reinstated my expired voucher.

      It might still work.

  • elguiri says:

    I tried this yesterday as my voucher expired last december (after initially extending it back in July).
    On the webchat I was told once it’s expired they cannot reinstate. After reading the comments above I tried an email to their customer support, and have now received the following response:

    We have received several queries requesting us to review the terms and
    conditions of the Lloyds reward voucher due to the global pandemic . In
    response to these queries we have corresponded with Lloyds and a joint
    decision has been made to maintain the current terms and conditions of the
    voucher which is ,once Lloyds Rewards voucher has expired, we?re unable
    to re-instate or extend the expiry date. The overall decision was based on
    the conditions of the validity as this is the book by date and not the
    travel date, therefore opportunities were available to our customers to use
    the voucher for future travel .

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