Today I want to answer the question over whether you can pay for British Airways buy on board food and drink using Avios points?
In 2017 British Airways chose to scrap complimentary food and drinks on its short-haul flights in economy, opting for a buy-on-board offering instead. This was initially offered in partnership with premium British supermarket chain Marks and Spencer, but the deal ended in 2021.
There is now a two tier system in place.
All passengers in Economy receive a free bottle of water and very light snack.
If you want more, you can pre-order food and drink via the highlifeshop.com website. This gives you access to a wide range of products, including some from Tom Kerridge. Your pre-paid food will be brought to you on the aircraft by the crew.
A small range of products – mainly hot and cold drinks and ambient snacks (nothing fresh) – can be purchased on board without pre-ordering.
If you do not want to spend your hard earned cash, however, British Airways lets you pay for food and drinks with Avios. This is possible both for pre-orders via highlifeshop.com and for purchases onboard.
In general, you are looking at an Avios valuation of 0.7p per Avios – not the worst, but not good, either. You can read more about how much we believe an Avios is worth here.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 10,000 Avios.
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.
There are also good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.