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The Avios IT migration is 95% complete and you should now be able to log in to your account (unless your password includes an ‘&’ sign) and complete most tasks. Just don’t try anything radical such as booking a redemption on American Airlines or moving your Avios from Iberia to BA.

There is a bug with newly issued British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers.

Until 31st December 2021, all new companion vouchers come with an additional six months of validity. Vouchers on the free British Airways American Express come with 18 months validity which those from the Premium Plus American Express come with 30 months.

(You may want to bring forward your next voucher to trigger it before 31st December to maximise its validity, but this is a discussion for another day.)

Unfortunately, someone forget to tell the computer about this.

Here is a screenshot showing a newly issued companion voucher:

British Airways companion voucher

As you can see, the latest voucher has only been issued for 24 months and not 30 months. I know at least two other HfP readers are in the same boat.

Hopefully BA pick this up after reading the above and make the necessary adjustments before people feel the need to start calling up.

Earn Avios with Midpoint

Our Midpoint competition winners revealed

We recently ran a special bonus Avios promotion with foreign currency transfer specialist Midpoint.

As well as getting bonus Avios for making a transfer during the promotion, five lucky new Midpoint customers were chosen at random and given 10,000 bonus Avios.

(When I say ‘given’, they will turn up whenever the Avios IT migration sort itself out.)

The winners were:

  • Yuval L
  • Jonathan S
  • Scott S
  • Irene F-S
  • Daniel T

Congratulations to the five of you.

If you want to earn Avios on your next foreign currency transfer – as well as paying tiny fees and getting the interbank FX rate – take a look at what Midpoint can offer you by reading this article.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (92)

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  • Joan says:

    Well done Rhys ⭐️

  • TJOB says:

    I upgraded my card from basic to premium and then triggered the voucher but ive been waiting at least 6 weeks for them to amend the expiry date to 30 months and i’m not getting anywhere, they’re ‘looking in to it’

    Any suggestions please 🙁

  • Jonathon says:

    I’m still waiting for my Amex points to transfer across. BA told me to contact Amex about it, though I have a suspicion it’s a BA issue not an Amex one..

    • Thywillbedone says:

      If it is any consolation, I am missing over 300k Avios – part of a redemption cancellation that occurred just prior to the IT switchover.

  • Susan says:

    Board Brain help:

    Situation – BA has just cancelled the inbound direct on BA-metal flight of a 5 night BAHols booking to RAK next February (5 night is important as qualifies for double tier points). The replacement flight offered is the day before our original return so we would lose the critical 5th night. I did a dummy booking for the original dates and there is (and was) an indirect flight via MAD still available but the first part of this, RAK-MAD, is Iberia and not BA or a codeshare.

    Before I contact BA I’m seeking your collective wisdom. Do I 1) just choose another 5 day destination (although dates inflexible and prefer to avoid EU because of Brexity time limits so options very limited) 2) Argue that BA should honour double tier points even on 4 day trip as change is because of their action 3) Ask for change to Iberia indirect flight and that BA also honour double tier-points as 2 out of 3 flights on BA metal/codeshare and change is because of their action.

    Any (constructive ;-)) thoughts?

  • Swede says:

    My exec tier collection ends on the 8th December 2021 which is the normal date – I thought this was extended? Anyone know the cut offs for getting the extension?

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Well done Rhys

  • Richard T says:

    I can get into my BAEC account now, however it says “you do not have a household account”! I’m hoping that merely means it’s not yet migrated, rather than that they have deleted it!

  • Renaud says:

    I called Amex 2 days ago to cancel my BAPP card, and they said that any 2-4-1 vouchers i have would be cancelled as well, and the only way to keep them was to downgrade my card to BA classic. Is that true? I thought all you needed was to pay for the taxes with an Amex (I still have the Amex Rewards), has something changed?

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