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How do I earn Avios from my online internet shopping?

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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.

Is it better earning Avios or hotel points in hotels?

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 Tesco Clubcard to a huge variety of high-street shops. To find a complete list of Avios retail partners, head to

To earn Avios on online shopping purchases, you must make sure that you go to and click through to your desired retailer 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 you will not earn any Avios.

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 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.  Treat the Avios as an extra bonus and don’t buy anything purely for the points.

(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 get 20,000 Avios from Amex Gold or 60,000 Avios from Amex Platinum (September 2021 offer)

The sign-up bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold converts to 20,000 Avios and the card is free for the first year.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

You don’t qualify for the Amex Gold bonus if you have a British Airways American Express card. You DO qualify for the bonus on The Platinum Card, which converts into 60,000 Avios.

60,000 points on The Platinum Card is a special offer which ends on 2nd November 2021. Find out more here:

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

If you have your own small business, the best way of earning Avios is via the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa. It has a sign-up bonus which converts to 10,000 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

You should also look at the British Airways Accelerating Business card, because it currently 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

You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.

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