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You can now convert Reward Gateway points into Avios

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Reward Gateway is an employee rewards platform used by many large companies to offer special deals and discounts to their staff. Over 6.5 million employees globally have access to Reward Gateway.

As well as being popular with employees, it is also popular with partners who can offload excess inventory via a private group without the deals impacting their pricing to the general public.

Some types of transaction on Reward Gateway earn reward points. Avios is now a redemption option for these points, alongside existing choices such as gift cards, Amazon credit and charity donations.

You can now convert Reward Gateway points into Avios

To quote:

Reward Gateway, a global HR technology and employee engagement company, today announced its partnership with IAG Loyalty to add Avios to its selection of employee reward redemption options. It means that for the first time ever, employees who receive reward points or currency on their Reward Gateway platform will be able to convert their balance to Avios through the British Airways Executive Club, which can be put towards flights with British Airways, as well as upgrades, hotel stays, car hire and more. 

Offering Avios on the Reward Gateway employee engagement platform strengthens the list of unique reward redemption choices, which already includes hundreds of instant e-gift cards, Amazon purchases, custom company awards and charitable giving.

Rob Boland, COO, Reward Gateway says: “Adding Avios supports what employees value most in their redemption experience: choice. Avios are an especially sought-after reward currency, helping its millions of collectors to travel to destinations all around the world. Our partnership with IAG Loyalty makes it easier than ever for employees to save on an expanded range of travel and holiday options.

Rob McDonald, CCO, IAG Loyalty says: “We’re delighted to partner with Reward Gateway and make Avios available as part of its extensive range of employee rewards. We look forward to seeing all the new ways Reward Gateway customers can take advantage of the opportunities Avios provides, whether that’s taking a short weekend trip or planning that dream destination holiday.”

It isn’t clear what the exchange rate will be, although it is very likely to work out at 1p per Avios, or perhaps just under, compared to using your rewards for gift cards or Amazon credit. You would need to make a personal decision as to whether you are willing to ‘buy’ Avios at this level, or take the money instead.

EDIT: It appears that the ‘price per Avios’ under this deal is 1.2p. This is NOT a good deal and I would recommend that you don’t cash in at this level unless you are desperate for the points and would otherwise be buying them via BA for 1.6p.

You can find out more on the IAG Loyalty website here.


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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 (11)

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  • TripleB says:

    As it turns out my (Australian) employer uses reward gateway and I logged on to see whether Avios were an option. Sure enough it’s there (not sure how long it has been there – I haven’t logged on in years).

    The pricing is:
    1000 Avios – A$23.62 (GBP13.40)
    5000 Avios – A$108.99 (GBP61.83)
    10000 Avios – A$217.99 (GBP123.66)
    (there are a couple of extra increments but this gives the gist of the pricing).

    Interestingly BAEC has only recently become open to Australian residents again. They stopped allowing Australian members back in the mid-90s.

  • Courtster says:

    Just logged into mine…

    500 – £7
    1000 – £13
    2500 – £32
    5000 – £60
    10000 – £120
    15000 – £180
    20000 – £240

    • Rob says:

      Thanks. What’s the conversion rate into cash (gift vouchers, Amazon)?

      • tiberius says:

        You would purchase the avios points with cash, rewards gateway dont have a “points” system, cashback is provided in a £ balance which can be used to purchase ‘instant vouchers’ (in effect, discounted giftcards) or withdrawn to your bank account.

        Relevant T&C below:

        The purchase thresholds for a single transaction are as per the table above. The number of purchase transactions is unlimited but the Avios points value must not exceed 200,000 Avios points in one calendar year.

  • cinereus says:

    Obviously going to be absolutely pointless.

  • AndyGWP says:

    I can’t even see the reward points option in my account (I never use Reward Gateway to be honest, so don’t know what I’m doing or where I should be looking) 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • The Urbanite says:

    I have Reward Gateway which has been an asset to the rewards portfolio for years (perhaps unintentionally) but not I’m not buying Avios at those rates!

    • Andrew. says:

      Never say never.

      I’m looking at a weekend trip to Scotland in late January. I can get an Economy Avios fare northbound (18:55) and Business Avios (14:10) on the way back for 19,000 Avios + £21.50

      My cash option for the same flights, albeit HBO, is £298. I could save £18 inbound with slightly later flights.

      So I can buy Avios (19/20ths) for £228 + £21.50 cash or £249.50

      Or buy a cash flight for £298/£280,

      I’d pay £30 less and enjoy the service in Business on the way back thanks.

      • The Urbanite says:

        That’s very fair indeed if you don’t mind paying for Avios!

  • Nigerian_Prince says:

    my employer switched from xexec to RG recently, the deals on RG is worse.

    • The Urbanite says:

      I’d agree that Xexec has some pretty good offers not seen on other portals but where they have the same retailers as RG, RG tend to offer better rates.

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