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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 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 from UK credit cards (December 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

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 £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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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

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 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 (55)

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  • 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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