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How do I earn Avios from their eStore for 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, 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.

How do I earn Avios from my online internet shopping?

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 points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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.

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.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

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