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Donate Avios to selected charities, with British Airways doubling your donation

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

Until the end of the year, IAG Loyalty will match, Avios for Avios, your donation, up to a total match funding of £100,000 equivalent. 1 Avios is worth a donation of 0.8p, so with the matched funding your chosen good cause will receive 1.6p per Avios.

Donate Avios to the BA Better World Community Fund

The Community Fund allows UK registered charities or social enterprise working in the UK to receive funding as part of their own crowdfunding activities. If you run or work for a UK registered charity or social enterprise you can apply to have your own fundraising appeal featured.

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:

The full T&C are here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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

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 £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 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

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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 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 (6)

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  • Andrew says:

    Just used T3 short stay for 5 days. Price had dropped to £90, same as for non official meet and greet. Car park barely half full. Presumably they are using some sort of dynamic pricing but certainly not maximising revenue. Double points isn’t really going to help much…

  • dougzz99 says:

    So the drop-off charge was to limit car use, but then offer double points on parking. A cynic might think Heathrow had another agenda here.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Don’t think a £5 drop of charge is going to make you drop £60+ on parking.

  • Gordon says:

    Re airport Parking Costs,
    Taking our granddaughters to Orlando in November. Party of 5 plus luggage of course. As usual we booked my wife’s car into purple parking at LGW. With Daughter and granddaughters in tow. As we could not fit everyone and luggage in the car I looked at all parking options for my commercial vehicle 5.5m long, No options available. So I booked a train from North Essex to LGW taking one case, on an open return (2 weeks), Cost £64.29. 2 hours journey time, I rarely travel by train so I was pleasantly surprised, as the parking cost for the car was £76. Also saving the on fuel and avoiding the typical traffic issues that come with traveling, especially the M25, I will look at this option again.

  • newbie says:

    On Heathrow Rewards bonus points – I never got any points from the recent HEX promo or other shopping at Heathrow, despite showing the card/entering the number each time. How to best chase them? The old email address doesn’t work anymore (“not monitored”) and the website has a form that crashes or asks for “invoice number or transaction code” and won’t accept the claim without it.

  • Bernard says:

    Not clear if Heathrow parking is in the ‘ULEZ’ toll zone. That’s and Heathrow’s incredible high prices (I looked at what I paid in 2019 ands it’s doubled), mean it’ll be Freenow for me.

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