Avios.com and British Airways Executive Club (presumably for UK members only) have announced a new promotion to incentivise earning Avios with partners. You will receive 1,000 bonus Avios if, between now and 21 November 2016, you earn Avios from a partner you have not collected Avios from since 3 October 2015.
It is important to note that the Avios from the partner transaction must hit your account before 21 November! The only exceptions to this are Lloyds credit card points and e-store transactions. So don’t leave it until the last minute to participate in this promotion!
This promotion is much much harder than it might first appear. The following partners are excluded:
- Purchase, Gift or Transfers of Avios
- Survey Partners (E-rewards, Reward for Thoughts, Survey Sampling International)
- Member Get Member (MGM) referrers
- Shell Drivers’ Club
- Avios awarded for refer a friend
Moreover, if you have earned Avios from flying on British Airways, then flying on Iberia or any other Avios.com partner will not qualify! Similarly, the Avios e-store shopping portal is treated as one partner, irrespective of which retailer you actually purchased from.
Of course, you probably don’t credit your flights to avios.com, because you prefer to earn Tier Points with British Airways Executive Club.
If you’ve already used the shopping portal in the last year, the most obvious avios.com partners are therefore conversions of Tesco Clubcard points (£2.50 = 600 Avios) or Heathrow Rewards points (250 points = 250 points) into an avios.com account. I’m not sure whether a Topcashback conversion would work, since TCB isn’t listed on the avios.com website, so they might just be buying and “gifting” you the Avios.
Full details can be found on the avios.com website. Registration does not appear to be required.
UK members of British Airways Executive Club should find it easier, as there are far more partners realistically available. Starwood Preferred Guest members can, for example, transfer as little as 1 Starpoint to BA Avios.
You should be able to earn the 1,000 Avios bonus in both BAEC and avios.com, should you have accounts in both places. New accounts will not be eligible however.