There are already lots of ways of earning Avios when flying directly from the UK to the US.
The two obvious routes are with British Airways and American Airlines, who operate a joint venture on US routes.
Few people know that you can also earn Avios when flying United Airlines, as long as you credit your flight to an Aer Lingus AerClub Avios account. You can transfer the Avios across to British Airways afterwards. This article explains how to earn Avios from United Airlines.
We can now confirm that there is a 4th option which is working fine – JetBlue.
Qatar Airways had unique airline partners which now earn Avios
Because Qatar Privilege Club has partnerships outside of the oneworld alliance, it means that there are new airlines which can now earn you Avios.
- Bangkok Airways
- Middle East Airlines
JetBlue is a Qatar Airways partner
Whilst JetBlue is a Qatar Airways partner, I wasn’t sure if the new transatlantic flights from London Heathrow and London Gatwick to New York and Boston were included.
After all, American Airlines has a JetBlue partnership too, but you can’t earn miles in American from transatlantic services.
Reader Anto recently flew JetBlue in Business Class from Gatwick to New York and credited the flight to his Qatar Privilege Club account.
These are the Avios he earned:
Yes, Anto earned 8,642 Avios for a return JetBlue flight from London to New York. He didn’t earn status points in Qatar Privilege Club, but 8,000+ Avios was a decent return.
If you are looking for a direct Avios-earning flight from the UK to the USA and want to give JetBlue a try, you can now book with confidence.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.