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.
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 (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:
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.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.