Last month, British Airways announced a new partnership with Uber.
To get it moving, BA is offering UK residents 250 Avios just for linking your Executive Club and Uber accounts so this offer is of interest even if you are only an occasional Uber user.
The offer of 250 Avios ends on 31st December, so you should get a move on if you haven’t already done it.
How does the Avios / Uber deal work?
The new Uber deal lets you collect 1 Avios for every £1 you spend on travel in the UK via the Uber app.
Having used this a few times since it launched, it is shockingly effective. You should have your Avios within 30 minutes of your ride ending.
As well as rides, you will also earn on coach and train tickets booked via the app in the UK.
You do not earn anything for Uber Eats orders.
As a launch bonus, everyone who links their British Airways Executive Club and Uber accounts via the Uber app by 31st December will receive 250 bonus Avios.
How do you register?
Open the Uber app and click ‘Account’ in the bottom right, followed by ‘Settings’. You will see this:
Click through and you’ll be taken to a page where you can link your Uber account to your British Airways account.
When you return to Uber, it should now show this:
What happens if you DON’T see the registration box?
Uber accounts seem to lock to the country in which the app was last used.
If your last Uber ride was outside the UK, you may not see the registration link. Some people had success by giving the app access to their location settings, allowing it to see that you are in the UK, but this only seems to work for some.
If this is an issue for you, you will probably need to wait until after your next UK Uber ride to link your BA account.
When do the 250 Avios arrive?
We don’t know. No-one seems to have got them so far.
You do NOT need to take a ride to trigger the bonus. Simply linking your British Airways and Uber accounts is enough.
Remember that the sign-up bonus ends on 31st December.
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.