Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Donate Avios to earthquake relief and IAG will match you

Links on Head for Points may support the site by paying a commission.  See here for all partner links.

Via the BA Better World charity arm, British Airways Executive Club members are being offered the chance to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) using Avios.
The DEC is raising funds and working with local partners to help those whose lives have been devastated by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

DEC earthquake appeal Avios

Your Avios are valued at 0.8p when you donate them. Until 31st March, IAG Loyalty will match your donation up to a total contribution of £200,000.

You should run the maths based on your marginal tax rate before doing this. The lack of Gift Aid usually makes Avios donations poor value for both sides, but with 100% matching from IAG Loyalty I think it does make sense to give points and not cash even for higher rate taxpayers. It comes down to how high you personally value an Avios vs the 0.8p rate here.
You can make your donation here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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

25,000 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 a huge range of valuable 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

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 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.

Comments (13)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

    I feel I’ve lost my mind trying to work out whether the Marriott buy points bonus is actually worth my time. Anyone who has done their sums and cares to share, that’d be most welcome

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Unless you have a specific need. No

    • NorthernLass says:

      IMO it’s only worth it if you have an imminent need for them for an outsized redemption. With points prices going truly silly at some properties since the changes I’ve more or less given up collecting Bonvoy points, especially as collection opportunities are pretty limited if you don’t stay a lot.

      • Rob says:

        The only ‘almost no brainer’ is a Hyatt buy points offer, because of a combination of guaranteed reward availability (if there’s a standard room for cash, you can book it on points) and fixed award charts. Even then, with hotel prices looking a bit softer this year, it’s less of a slam dunk than it was.

        Just booked Thompson Central Park New York for Easter. Cash rate inc all taxes and resort fee is $2,026. Buying the points cost $1,566 – I save 25% but last year would have saved more.

        To be fair, a comparison with a fully flexible room (given that the reward is fully flex) shows a bigger saving. Cash rate of $2,221 vs $1,566 for buying the points.

  • G says:

    Little incentive to donate to Flying Start given that BA cannot even associate the cause for the suffering in Ukraine due to Russian aggression.

    • Jose Marques says:

      Are you even for real.

    • LittleNick says:

      Are you saying they don’t provide aid in Ukraine? Not sure what I’ve missed here?

    • Novice says:

      Ukrainians need weapons and the west is giving enough that if there’s ww3 we might not have enough for ourselves.

      Turkey/Syria is a natural disaster ffs. There’s no comparison and shouldn’t be made also unless someone has another agenda for comparing.

      In that case, I can’t see ppl opening homes for Turkish/Syrians the way they did for Ukrainians so the least ppl can do is if they don’t have anything good to say just don’t say anything at all. Might save yourself from showing lack of humanity and empathy.

      • Charles Martel says:

        I wonder what the Wests weapon donations do for Chinese thinking on Taiwan. Unless the coalition supplying the Ukraine decisively win soon we might reach a situation where we’re unable to continue our support through lack of munitions. In that event, would China see an opportunity to take what they believe to be theirs while we’re too weak to intervene?

        • Novice says:

          I’m not a strategist nor a diplomat but I think it’s common sense that the countries providing Ukraine 🇺🇦 much needed support start thinking global strategy and start stockpiling weapons for their own defence as well.

          It’s not great to hear reports that our army is lacking due to decades of underfunding or maybe mismanagement of funds; not sure.

          Anyway this is a points website not a political forum and should remain non-political. My comments were due to the disbelief I felt at @G lack of compassion for Turkish/syrian citizens in comparison to ukrainians.

    • Lady London says:

      Ché ? You on the right website, @G ?

      I’m more concerned about the amount of any donation that will actually reach the people who need it. So many greenwashing schemes are a scam, however people running them seem to do well, ditto the big aid organizations with massive overheads and outrageously high cost packages for management.

      • Novice says:

        @LL, if you’re interested in helping directly then there are some gofundme pgs where Turkish kids; who have family here like uncles etc who via education and jobs are uk residents; are now orphans so the families here are trying to get them here by raising funds for legal help and reunions. But you have to know ppl or research to find out who is legit.

        But Cpt Tom managed to become a legend by raising millions for nhs who are now refusing to work and his daughter seems to have used some funds so Yh it’s hard to know how to donate or who to.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.