8 Ways to Earn Avios You Might Not Know About

May 26, 2019

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So you’ve followed our beginner’s guide and are on the way to building your Avios balance. But even if you’ve got the basics down for earning, you might want to boost your balance even further. Thankfully, there are more ways than you might have previously thought. And, you certainly don’t have to fly in order to collect the,. Here are some you may not have previously heard of.

Dining Out

The BA eStore and the Avios online shopping portal have a number of restaurant partners that let you earn Avios including:

  • Just Eat
  • Domino’s, Pizza Hut Deliveries and Papa Johns
  • Fortnum & Mason
  • Hotel Chocolat

The Avios app and British Airways Executive Club app also used to allow members to upload their credit card details onto their platform meaning, members could earn Avios by simply using those cards with a range of merchants. That functionality is currently closed anyone new wanting to sign up but we have been told it will re-open soon. Partners that I currently earn Avios on by merely using a card that I’ve registered online with the British Airways Executive Club include Byron and Pizza Express.

Online Retailers

Again, via the BA e-store and Avios online shopping portal, you can earn up to 10 Avios per £ at a range of retails including:

  • Apple
  • Argos
  • Asos
  • Ann Summers
  • B&Q
  • Currys PC World
  • Debenhams
  • iTunes
  • Uniqlo
  • And many others

For those not familiar, the BA eStore allows you to earn bonus Avios for every pound you spend with selected retailers. You can read more about the eStore and how to maximise your online purchases here.

Non-Airline Travel

It’s not just flights that let you earn Avios. BA and Avios have partnered with most major hotel chains and allow you to earn Avios if booked via their portals. Usually, booking a hotel stay via a third party means the hotel won’t allow travellers to also earn miles and points in their own loyalty programme (nor honour any benefits should you have status with a hotel chain). But mostly, BA and Avios re-direct you to the hotel’s own website (or a special part thereof), so you should earn both Avios as well as loyalty points with the hotel itself.

Heathrow Express (HEX)

Heathrow Express is the most expensive train journey (cost per mile) in the world, and by no means the fastest way of reaching Heathrow. However, if you are going to use the Heathrow Express, you might as well earn 10 Avios per pound spent.

Financial Services Partners 

Nutmeg offers 2,500 Avios for anyone opening an account. The company also runs regular promotions, including earning Avios for transferring an ISA or investing in an ISA — in the last few years, this has been 1 Avios per pound spent for up to 150,000 Avios.

Travelex via the BA website also allows the earning of Avios. No one is going to get Avios rich by using that service, given the relatively low earning rate of 1 Avios per £300 transferred, but if you were going to use it anyway, every Avios counts towards a future redemption.

Utilities and Phones

BT, Sky TV and Broadband as well as Virgin Media are utility partners that let you earn Avios. Vodafone, EE, O2 and Carphone Warehouse are phone partners. Again, it may not be worth changing partners or moving spend, but if you are a customer or about to become a customer, why not bag the extra Avios.

Convert American Express Membership Rewards Points to Avios

American Express Membership Reward points can be converted into Avios. Our Ultimate Guide to American Express Membership Rewards is here. These can be transferred to Avios at a 1:1 rate, though it’s worth noting that they are potentially more valuable as MR points, given you have increased flexibility to also transfer them to other partners. If you need Avios and have a Membership Rewards points balance, that’s an easy way to boost your Avios balance.

Convert Hotel Points to Avios

Similarly, many hotel programmes allow members to convert their points into Avios (or other airline mileage programmes). Whether that’s a good use of them is a different question. Be sure to check out our monthly valuations before moving them across, as you might get greater value redeeming them for free hotel nights.

Bottom Line

In total, there are 162 online partners that let you earn Avios via the British Airways eStore as well as shopping portal of Avios.com. Above is a taste of these, but it’s by no means a comprehensive list. You won’t necessarily get Avios rich by using one or two of these but why not pick up every Avios when possible, which could lead to your dream trip over time.

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