Most people know that you can earn Avios by flying with British Airways or its partners. In this article we will look at ways you can earn Avios by shopping online, via the Avios eStore.
The good news is that booking flights is not the only way to earn Avios. British Airways also has a long list of commercial partners that let you earn the reward points on almost any purchase – from insurance, petrol stations and Sainsbury’s, to a huge variety of high-street shops. To find a complete list of Avios retail partners, head to shopping.ba.com.
To earn Avios on online shopping purchases, you must make sure that you go to the shopping.ba.com eStore and click through to your desired retailer from there.
You will not be eligible to earn rewards from any other cashback sites at the same time, and if you use a cashback link from another site after clicking through at shopping.ba.com you will not earn any Avios. I recommed visiting cashbackangel.com to compare the different reward portals for any given online retailer.
Different retailers offer different earning rates, with many retailers offering more than 10 Avios per £ spent. Unfortunately, these rates only apply online.
As with cashback sites such as TopCashback, Avios from the online eStore shop cannot be guaranteed. If you use any discount codes it is likely that you may invalidate your points, and transactions can fail to track for a variety of IT reasons.
Treat the Avios you receive as an extra bonus and don’t buy anything purely for the points. If another store offers a slightly cheaper price but no Avios, you may be better off taking that route and removing any risk of your reward not tracking.
(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 (October 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.