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British Airways launches a very generous Uber / Avios offer

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BA emailed a lot of people on Thursday with details of a very generous Uber offer.

You will earn 500 bonus Avios for every UK (and only UK) Uber trip you take in November, up to a maximum of 4,000 Avios. This is on top of your base Avios of 1 Avios per £1 spent.

This is a very decent rebate if you taking low cost UberX trips. The T&C also imply that the bonus will be triggered if you book train tickets or hire Lime bikes via the Uber app, which offers some interesting opportunities to those with creative minds ….

Avios Uber points bonus

The email does not say that the offer is targeted to recipients, although of course it could be. It does say ‘This offer is non-transferable’. (EDIT: It IS targeted as it seems other variants are out there.)

Full details of the Avios / Uber partnership can be found in this article. The / Uber webpage is here.

Irrespective of whether this offer is open to all or not, you would be crazy not to link your BA and Uber accounts if you are an occasional UK Uber user. The ‘1 Avios per £1’ Avios post instantly – literally within minutes of completing your ride. Bonus Avios from this promotion will NOT post instantly but will appear within 30 days.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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.

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 (53)

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  • TooPoorToBeHere says:

    No Uber offer at all here. Irregular and infrequent user, but I have used it’s been for long expensive (airport) runs.

  • T says:

    No offers for myself or my partner

  • Philip says:

    Does anyone know if its possible to book train tickets with a railcard , I cannot find the option it allows 60+ but no discount is applied.

    • JenT says:

      Railcards aren’t an issue on the app – just make sure you add the details for each traveller when you do the initial search. I get the same discounts on Uber as on the train operator’s website/app with railcards so they are definitely working.

    • Andrew J says:

      It’s a bit hidden. Above where you input the from and to information, on the top right there’s box with some dots in it, supposed to look like a credit card, press that and then select your railcard.

  • Josh Critchley says:

    No first class sale for the ruling class yet?

  • Delbert says:

    Just checking back on this offer and I received the up to 4,000 bonus Avios offer from BAEC and there’s no way I can avail myself of the bonus through rides during November.

    As Rob alluded to in the OP, time to get creative so I’ve booked my first single train ticket and I’m going to book a total of eight singles for less than £6. It doesn’t take long to work it out.

    I see no reason why Amex won’t pay out the full bonus Avios on my eight single train tickets and I see little risk here. Thanks, Rob.

    • Rob says:

      I do. A ticket costing under £1 earns zero base Avios, so nothing is sent over to your account. This may fail to trigger the process that sends the 500 bonus Avios.

      • Delbert says:

        Okay, thanks. I’ve still only booked one ticket so will try to find tickets for £1.

        We live and learn, but will be interesting to see what pans out on my BAEC account, nonetheless.

        • @mkcol says:

          Drat I’d just booked a single for my nephew from Haymarket to Waverley costing 60p. Looks like I’ll have to send them on the alternative service which is slightly dearer at £1.05 in future.

        • Marc says:

          A child single advance from Chester-Le-Street to Newcastle on Northern Rail is exactly £1, just put a date a few weeks ahead (Sunday mornings particularly) and you should find a £1 fare. I’ve bought one and the single avios point hit the account instantly which hopefully will trigger the bonus.

          I’ve got the 500 avios on 8 rides offer. Have already done a few regular Uber trips but will buy any remaining on £1 train tickets. If it doesn’t work for any reason it isn’t exactly a huge loss..

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