Today I want to look at how you can earn Avios points when you book airport parking.
British Airways launched a new parking partnership with ParkVia in 2018. There are two separate products you can book via the BA / ParkVia site:
Earning Avios from parking
What is new with the ParkVia partnership is that it is NOT just UK only. As well as allowing you to book parking at 19 UK airports, it also covers much of Europe, Canada and the USA. If you find yourself needing to prebook airport parking in, say, Hamburg, it can be done very easily.
You will earn 5 Avios per £1 spent on parking. You can book via the BA-branded ParkVia portal which you will find here.
Earning Avios from parking and hotel packages
You can often get excellent deals on airport parking by spending the night before your flight in a local airport hotel and paying a small extra sum to leave your vehicle in its car park.
(IHG loves this concept so much that it has a special website devoted to UK and European ‘airport and hotel’ deals at Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc properties.)
ParkVia and BA are offering ‘hotels with parking’ deals at 14 UK airports.
You will earn 5 Avios per £1 spent on ‘hotels with parking’ packages.
Both ‘parking’ and ‘parking with a hotel’ packages can be booked via the same page BA-branded ParkVia portal which you will find here.
Earning Avios from valet parking
You can also earn 5 Avios per £1 on pre-booked valet parking at Heathrow Terminals 3 and 5.
The valet parking offer is outlined on this page of ba.com.
And, if you decide to take public transport instead, this article shows how you can earn Avios with Heathrow Express.
(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 (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:
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. 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.
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.