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Top Avios earning offers – September 2020

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If you read Head for Points every day you will learn about lots of new ways to earn and spend Avios points.

However, if you’re looking for a quick boost to your points total over the next few weeks then these are the best opportunities currently available.

If you want to learn more about how to spend your Avios points – as opposed to earning them – you should read the 15 articles in our ‘Avios Redemption University‘ series.

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Top short term Avios promotions:

You can occasionally buy Avios for 1.1p or less via Groupon Spain.  If the offer is currently live it will show (in Spanish, your browser can translate) when you click here.

31st October – get 18,000 Avios with a subscription to The Economist

30th September – get a 50% bonus when you buy Avios

30th September – earn 1,750 Avios with an Avis car rental in September

30th September – earn up to 2,500 Avios with a long-term Avis car rental (collect by 31st December)

On-going – up to 10,000 Avios with home, business or landlord insurance

On-going – 600 Avios for joining eRewards

On-going – up to 100,000 Avios when you join Citigold Wealth Management or Citigold Private Client

On-going – up to 100,000 Avios for joining Citigold Expat

Selected day-to-day Avios earning partners:

If you need to buy Avios to top up your account, the ba.com page is here.

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Earning Avios via credit and charge cards:

These are the top sign-up bonuses currently available:

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 10,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

Amex Gold is the best deal available for a ‘miles and points’ newcomer. Your 10,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up and spending £3,000 within three months convert into 10,000 Avios points.  The card is FREE for the first year and you can cancel at any time.  Apply here.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card is the best deal available for a regular traveller who can maximise the insurance and status benefits. You earn 30,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up and spending £4,000 within three months.  These convert into 30,000 Avios points.  The card has a £575 annual fee but this is refundable pro-rata when you cancel and there are many other benefits. Apply here.

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

British Airways American Express earns you 5,000 Avios points for signing up and spending £1,000 within three months.  The card is FREE.  Apply here.

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British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

British Airways Premium Plus American Express give you 25,000 Avios points for signing up and spending £3,000 within three months.  The annual 2-4-1 companion voucher gets you two Avios redemptions for the points of one! The card has an annual fee of £195, refundable pro-rata at any time. Apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

The Marriott Bonvoy American Express earns you 20,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for signing up and spending £3,000 within six months.  These convert into 6,666 Avios.  You also get elite status in Marriott Bonvoy. The card has an annual fee of £75, refundable pro-rata at any time.  Apply here.

If you run your own business, we recommend these options:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a small business Read our full review

The Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa credit card is an excellent deal.  You can earn points worth 10,000 Avios as a sign-up bonus and 1 Avios per £1 spent.  Click for our full review of the Capital On Tap Business Rewards credit card including a special higher bonus for HfP readers.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

In 2019, American Express released a dedicated British Airways American Express card for small businesses. It offers you On Business points and Avios.  Apply here.

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Earning Avios via Heathrow Rewards:

Heathrow Rewards is the Heathrow Airport shopping loyalty scheme.  You earn 1 point per £1 you spend and they convert at 1:1 into Avios points. You can learn more about how Heathrow Rewards works in our full review here.

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Earning Avios via Tesco Clubcard:

31st December – earn 3,000 Clubcard points (worth 7,200 Avios or 7,250 Virgin Flying Club miles) with Tesco Pet Insurance