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LAST CHANCE: Book flights for the British Airways ‘double Avios’ offer

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British Airways is currenly running its first Avios offer since moving to spend-based earning on flights. You will earn double Avios on your next ten newly booked flights until mid January.

The deadline to book is Tuesday 21st November so you may want to bring forward any bookings you were thinking about.

The deadline to travel is 14th January.

British Airways launches new ‘double Avios’ offer

As a reminder, you now earn Avios based on how much your ticket costs (including any extras) and not how many miles you fly. The new rates are:

  • Blue – 6 Avios per £1
  • Bronze – 7 Avios per £1
  • Silver – 8 Avios per £1
  • Gold and above – 9 Avios per £1

Unfortunately, it is not as simple as it looks. You only earn Avios on the base fare plus any carrier surcharges. Taxes and external surcharges (such as airport fees) are not included, although baggage and seating fees are.

How does the double Avios offer work?

Under this promotion you will be earning double the above earning rates. This means you’ll now earn:

  • Blue – 12 Avios per £1
  • Bronze – 14 Avios per £1
  • Silver – 16 Avios per £1
  • Gold – 18 Avios per £1

There is an interesting quirk here. When this offer ran in the past, it only applied to base earning. Your elite status bonus was NOT doubled.

This has now changed, as you can see. 18 Avios per £1 for a Gold member is very attractive.

If you are BA Gold and need to travel to New York JFK in Business Class next week to seal that deal on a fully flexible ticket, you’ll be spending £7,281 plus taxes and charges. This would earn you 131,000 Avios.

A Blue member on a £46 one way flight from Manchester to London will be less excited. This ticket has a base fare of £18.50 and will still only earn 222 Avios after the doubling up.

British Airways launches new ‘double Avios’ offer

What’s the small print?

Unfortunately, the offer only applies to new bookings. Any upcoming flights you’ve already booked will earn the usual Avios per £1 spent.

In order to qualify for the offer you need to register in advance. You can register on this page of

Once registered, any new bookings made between now and next Tuesday (21st November), for travel by 14th January, will qualify for double Avios.

British Airways says it will award the double Avios within 24-48 hours of your flight, so presumably alongside the standard Avios.

You will earn double Avios on up to 10 flights. Flights are counted as a single leg of a journey as part of a one-way, return or multi-leg trip. For example, London – New York return would count as two flights whilst Edinburgh – London – New York return would count as four.

The ’10 flights’ rule is based on the first 10 segments flown which were booked after registration. It is not based on the first 10 flights you book.

What flights count towards the double Avios offer?

This offer is largely restricted to British Airways flights. You’ll earn double Avios if you’re on a:

  • British Airways-operated flight with a BA flight number
  • Transatlantic flight with a BA flight number operated by a transatlantic joint venture partner (American Airlines, Iberia, Finnair)
  • Any domestic flights in the UK, including those operated by SUN-AIR, Euroflyer or Cityflyer

Unfortunately, codeshare flights with other airlines (including the joint venture partnership with JAL) do not qualify, even if they have a BA flight number.

Any extras you book will also qualify for double Avios, including upgrades, seat reservations and baggage fees.

British Airways double Avios promotion

You can also get double Avios on BA Holidays – on the flights and your spend

Regular HfP readers will know that you earn 1 Avios for every £1 spent at BA Holidays. This is totally separate to the Avios you earn from your flights.

During this promotion, you will receive 2 Avios for every £1 you spend at BA Holidays.

Your flights will ALSO qualify for double Avios. Remember that Avios earned on flights from BA Holidays earn on a distance-based chart and NOT spend-based.

Your holiday must be booked under the same conditions as for the flight-only offer above. You will only receive double Avios if your BA Holidays flights qualify for double Avios under the terms above. Note that your flights MUST depart from the UK.

Your holiday must be booked directly via BA Holidays online or via the contact centre.

Don’t forget you can also earn double tier points on BA Holidays bookings until the end of 2024.


Time is running out to book flights for this offer. If you were planning to book a flight anyway in the next week or so, you may want to do it now.

You need to book by Tuesday 21st November and travel by 14th January to qualify.

Don’t forget to register on the British Airways website here.

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 (8)

  • Londonsteve says:

    Zero comments? The offer doesn’t appear to have stimulated much excitement.

  • boardingcalls says:

    Stupid question, but does the flight have to be booked through, e.g. if I book an AA flight via, if it is operated by BA or is it still valid if has an AA/BA/etc flight number also ?

    • Rob says:

      AA flights are treated the same way so, in this case, it’s the same. For any other airline (except Iberia), a BA flight booked via another carrier will earn under the old rates because BA doesn’t see what you paid.

      • boardingcalls says:

        Thanks Rob, so basically the 18x only applicable if booked via (or Iberia as you say). Was just trying to figure out if my upcoming trip to JFK was better to book via BA (more expensive) than via, and thought would get more Avios on the 18x offer.

        For example, if the flight is costing £8K , if booked today would get 144,000 Avios (under the offer), but under old rules would get roughly 24,000. So if book via will get less Avios.

  • Amy C says:

    I’m not convinced my flight this weekend to Athens has been calculated correctly. It’s CE, cost £540 and it says I will earn 3704 avios for it. I registered on day 1. One of my legs is I class and the calculator says I should earn 2993 on that and the other is D class at 4888! SoI should earn 15,762 surely?

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