10 ways to earn Avios you might not know about
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So you’ve followed our TPG 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. Some of them don’t even require leaving the house.
Here are 10 ways to earn British Airways Avios you may not have previously heard of.
1. Food delivery
The BA eStore allows you to earn bonus Avios for every pound you spend with selected retailers just by going via the eStore portal before ordering as normal from your favourite retailer’s website.
If you’re ordering in rather than eating out, the BA eStore and the Avios online shopping portal have a number of restaurant partners that let you earn Avios for online purchases/orders, including:
- Just Eat
- Domino’s, Pizza Hut Deliveries and Papa Johns
- Fortnum & Mason
- Hotel Chocolat
- Hello Fresh
- Majestic Wines
- Beer Hawk
- Planet Organic
2. Online retailers
Again, via the BA eStore and Avios online shopping portal, you can earn up to 12 Avios per £1 — and sometimes more — at more than 1,000 retailers, some of which you may have already been purchasing from during lockdown, including:
- Ann Summers
- Currys PC World
- John Lewis
- And many others
3. Current accounts
Barclays and Avios have joined forces to offer an exciting and unique new banking product for British travellers and Avios collectors and you can earn Avios just for having a bank account each month — called Barclays Avios Rewards. It’s another great way to build your Avios balance.
If you’re eligible for Barclays Avios Rewards, you can opt-in through the Barclays app. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll receive the following perks:
- 25,000 bonus Avios if you are new to Barclays, open a Barclays Premier current account and perform a current account switch from your existing bank to Barclays Premier within 90 days — worth £275 based on our most recent valuations;
- 2,500 bonus Avios if you have already held a Barclays Premier current account, or a Barclays Personal Wealth current account for at least four months — worth £28 based on our most recent valuations;
- 1,500 Avios each and every month you are enrolled in the Barclays Avios Rewards programme (18,000 Avios per year, worth £198 based on our valuations); and
- A British Airways cabin upgrade voucher at the end of every 12 months you are enrolled in Barclays Avios Rewards.
4. Non-airline travel
It’s not just flights that let you earn Avios.
BA and Avios have partnered with several major hotel chains and allow you to earn Avios if booked via the eStore portals. Usually, booking a hotel stay via a third party (like Hotels.com) 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 BA and Avios redirect 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.
There are a range of options, including:
- Hotels.com — 8 Avios per £1 (currently 12 Avios per £1 for a limited time)
- Booking.com — 4 Avios per £1 (currently 8 Avios per £1 for a limited time)
- Agoda — 6 Avios per £1
- IHG — 3 Avios per £1
- Marriott — Up to 5 Avios per £1
- Accor — Up to 8 Avios per £1
- Radisson — 6 Avios per £1
You can also earn 3 Avios per £1 spent on your next Airbnb stay, simply by booking through this portal.
5. Heathrow Express (HEX)
Heathrow Express one of the most expensive train journeys (cost per mile) in the world, and whilst it can be super quick, depending on where you are in London, it may not even be the fastest way of reaching Heathrow.
However, if you are going to use the Heathrow Express, you might as well earn a generous 10 Avios per pound spent.
6. 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 £1 spent for up to 300,000 Avios.
You don’t have to be an investment expert in order to invest your money in Nutmeg – the company can do it for you. You can set up the account online from home – you just tell Nutmeg how much you’d like to invest, what your risk level is and some preferences about how you would like the company to manage your money. Nutmeg will give you an idea of the sort of returns you might get for that investment during the sign-up process.
7. Supermarket shopping
Did you know you can transfer the Nectar points you earn from shopping at Sainbury’s (and other Nectar partners) to Avios?
You can transfer 400 Nectar points to become 250 Avios — or vice versa. Essentially, with this transfer option, you are “buying” Avios for a cost of 0.8p apiece, which isn’t necessarily a bad deal. In fact, that’s better than you will often find with BA’s buy Avios promotions.
Also, note Nectar’s other partnerships. You can earn multiple Nectar points when spending at around 300 retailers including JD sports (2x Nectar points per pound), Booking.com (3x Nectar points per pound), Argos (10x Nectar points per pound) and hundreds more.
Meanwhile, when shopping at Sainsbury’s, you’ll earn 1 Nectar Point for every £1 you spend. However, where the Nectar programme really shines is with its promotions. By downloading the Nectar app, you’ll be targeted for promotions to earn bonus Nectar points on your supermarket purchases. For example, we’ve seen up to hundreds of bonus points offered for purchasing select produce at Sainsbury’s.
Before starting your shop, be sure to look through the Nectar app to ensure you’re not missing out on any bonus offers.
8. Utilities and phones
BT, Sky TV and Broadband as well as Virgin Media are utility partners that let you earn Avios via the BA eStore. 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.
9. 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.
10. Convert hotel points to Avios
Similarly, many hotel programmes allow members to convert their points into Avios (or other airline mileage programmes). The transfer rates are usually poor — you’ll likely lose plenty of points in the transfer process as Avios are usually worth more than hotel points.
Be sure to check out our monthly valuations before moving them across, as you might get greater value redeeming them for free hotel nights.
In total, there are more than 1,000 online partners that let you earn Avios via the British Airways eStore. Above is a taste of these, but it’s by no means a comprehensive list.
You won’t necessarily get Avios rich immediately 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. If you’re not flying much right now, it’s easy to boost your balance with so many ways to earn.
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