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Donate Avios to the British Airways Better World Community Fund

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British Airways is now allowing Executive Club members to donate spare or unwanted Avios to projects supported by the BA Better World Community Fund. See here for details.

The Community Fund allows UK registered charities or social enterprise working in the UK to receive funding as part of their own crowdfunding activities.

Once your application for support has been accepted, the Community Fund will guarantee to commit up to £50,000 (or 50% of your project target, whichever is smaller) once you have raised 25% of your target. You still need to reach 100% of your target to release the BA money.

British Airways Better World Community Fund

How can you support projects with Avios?

Going forward, you can support projects being promoted on the BA Better World Community Fund page with Avios as well as cash. You need a Crowdfunder account to take part.

The minimum donation is just 125 Avios, with a maximum of 30,000 Avios per member per month. You can pick a project from the list on the website, such as this one:

Until the 31st March, IAG Loyalty will match, £1 for £1, your donation, up to a total match funding of £200,000. It isn’t clear what value is ascribed to the Avios you donate, but I would guess (note, guess) that 125 Avios is worth £1.

The full T&C are here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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

30,000 Avios 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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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