You might think the only way to earn British Airways Avios points is by flying with British Airways. But you'd be wrong to think that. Here are 5 simple ways to earn more British Airways Avios points.

The first thing we need to clarify is that there are multiple sub-segments to the Avios programme. In the UK, the primary programmes are the Avios stand-alone rewards scheme and the British Airways Executive Club Avios scheme. You can also collect Avios via the Ibera Plus programme, but unless you happen to be an expat in Spain, that isn't really something worth pursuing. You can set up an account with each Avios scheme and transfer your points between the different schemes rather easily.

Most flyers will find that it is best to focus specifically on collecting points onto their British Airways Executive Club account. We would therefore recommend you use your British Airways Executive Club account as your primary account, and transfer any points from Avios.com promotions onto your BA account.

If you were to follow all the tips in this article, you could earn up to 24,690 easy Avios points. So let's get to it and have a look at how this is done.

Top 10 Ways to Earn More British Airways Avios Points

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1. Convert Your Tesco Clubcard Points

Tesco are one of the UK's biggest Avios partners. 1 Tesco Clubcard point is worth 2 British Airways Executive Club Avios points or 2.5 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. You can choose between storing your Tesco Clubcard vouchers and converting them as you please, or you can set your Clubcard account to automatically convert your points to British Airways Executive Club Avios points. Tesco regularly run promotions where you will be entered into a prize draw when you register for automatic enrolment. You can convert a maximum of 30,000 Clubcard Points to Avios per quarter.

You can access your Tesco Clubcard account online and start converting your points today.

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2. Use TopCashback and Cash Out Your Earnings to Tesco Clubcard

Topcashback is one of the UK's leading cashback sites, the other being Quidco. With Quidco you can only cash out your earnings to your bank account, while with Topcashback you can cash out to numerous rewards partners, including Tesco Clubcard. This is one of the easiest ways to quickly collect a large amount of points. Tesco Clubcard also allows you to cash out to other airline programmes, like the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

£1 of credit on Topcashback equals 100 Tesco Clubcard points. 100 Tesco Clubcard points convert to 200 British Airways Executive Club Avios points.

You can cash out a maximum of £50 (50,000 Tesco Clubcard Points) to your Clubcard account per year. There are some restrictions on which retailers will let you cash out to your Tesco Clubcard account, however these tend to be insurance and financial services providers. Topcashback have a guarantee in place to provide the highest cashback percentage, so it is quite easy to earn a decent amount of cashback from your online shopping.

If you register a new account on Topcashback via this link before the 24th of August 2015 at 10AM,  you will receive 500 Tesco Clubcard points for free.

3. Sign up for an Avios Credit Card

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Lloyds Duo Avios Credit Card

Lloyds operate two credit card accounts that allow you earn Avios on your shopping. The Standard Lloyds Duo Avios card and the Lloyds Premier Duo Avios card. Each credit card account is linked with two cards, an American Express card and a MasterCard, for situations where the retailer does not accept Amex.

The standard Lloyds Duo Avios Credit Card offers up to 1.25 Avios per £1 spent*. You will receive a Flight Upgrade Voucher once you have spent £7,000 on the card within the first year of account opening.

APR: Representative 23.7% APR variable.

* Based on eligible purchases, which do not include cash withdrawals; money transfers; cheques; interest, fees or charges; Payment Protection Cover; transactions at casinos, betting outlets or bookmakers; or payments to offline or online current, savings, sharetrading, spread betting, gambling or other similar accounts.

Disclaimer: Cheaper Luxury is a journalistic website and content on the site should not be taken as financial advice. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that any financial product discussed on this site is right for your personal circumstances. Any recommendation made on this site is solely based on the ability to earn loyalty points and airline miles, and does not consider APR or any impact on your credit history.

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Lloyds Premier Duo Avios Credit Card

The Lloyds Premier Duo Avios Card offers an increased earning rate of up to 1.5 Avios per £1 spent*. The account carries an annual card fee of £140. You will receive a Flight Upgrade Voucher once you have spent £5,000 on the card within a year of account opening and a Worldwide Companion Ticket once you have spent £12,000 on the card within a year of account opening.

APR:    Representative 52.1% APR variable.

* Based on eligible purchases, which do not include cash withdrawals; money transfers; cheques; interest, fees or charges; Payment Protection Cover; transactions at casinos, betting outlets or bookmakers; or payments to offline or online current, savings, sharetrading, spread betting, gambling or other similar accounts.

Disclaimer: Cheaper Luxury is a journalistic website and content on the site should not be taken as financial advice. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that any financial product discussed on this site is right for your personal circumstances. Any recommendation made on this site is solely based on the ability to earn loyalty points and airline miles, and does not consider APR or any impact on your credit history.

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British Airways American Express Credit Card

The British Airways American Express Credit Card is a good credit card to consider, if you wish to start earning airline miles on your purchases. You will receive a bonus 4,000 British Airways Executive Club Avios when you apply for the card through this link and spend £500 within 3 months of the account opening. You will earn 1 Avios per £1 spent and if you spend £20,000 on the card within a year, you will earn a free companion ticket voucher.

APR:    Representative 15.9% APR variable.

Disclaimer: Cheaper Luxury is a journalistic website and content on the site should not be taken as financial advice. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that any financial product discussed on this site is right for your personal circumstances. Any recommendation made on this site is solely based on the ability to earn loyalty points and airline miles, and does not consider APR or any impact on your credit history.

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British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card

American Express offer a premium version of the British Airways Credit Card. The British Airways American Express Premium Plus Credit Card carries an annual fee of £150. The card offers 1.5 Avios per £1 spent and 3 Avios per £1 spent on British Airways flights. You will earn a Worldwide Companion Voucher once you spend £10,000 on the card within a year of account opening. The Worldwide Companion Voucher is valid for 24 months.

Signing up for the British Airways American Express Premium Credit Card through this link will reward you with 19,000 Avios once you have spent £3,000 on the card within 3 months of account opening.

APR:    Representative 56.4% APR variable.

Disclaimer: Cheaper Luxury is a journalistic website and content on the site should not be taken as financial advice. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that any financial product discussed on this site is right for your personal circumstances. Any recommendation made on this site is solely based on the ability to earn loyalty points and airline miles, and does not consider APR or any impact on your credit history.

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American Express Gold Rewards Charge Card

The American Express Gold Rewards Charge Card offers one of the most generous sign-up offers. Signing up through this link will provide you with 22,000 American Express Membership Rewards Points when you spend £2,000 within the first 3 months of holding the card. American Express Membership Rewards Points can be converted to a number of different airline partners' frequent flyer programmes at a 1:1 rate. The American Express Gold Rewards Charge Card is a charge card, rather than a credit card, so you need to repay your balance in full every month. The card also offers you a Lounge Club membership with two free airport lounge visits pre-loaded onto the card.

The card fee of £140 per annum is waived for the first year, whether you wish to keep the card for subsequent years would depend on whether you value the airport lounge access. We've previously written a full guide to the American Express Gold Rewards Card, which provides more details about the specifics of the card.

Disclaimer: Cheaper Luxury is a journalistic website and content on the site should not be taken as financial advice. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that any financial product discussed on this site is right for your personal circumstances. Any recommendation made on this site is solely based on the ability to earn loyalty points and airline miles, and does not consider APR or any impact on your credit history.

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4. Complete Online Surveys on eRewards

eRewards is an online survey panel that has partnered with a number of airlines, including British Airways Avios. You earn eRewards Opinion Points by completing market research surveys on a variety of topics. The email invitations will state how many points you earn for partially and fully completing each survey. As of August 2015, eRewards redemption rates are set at the following amounts:

eRewards Opinion Points British Airways Executive Club Avios
1,200 250
2,000 500
3,500 1,000
6,500 2,000

5. Provide Tesco With Your Insurance Renewal Dates

Tell Tesco when your insurance renewal dates are on this page and you will receive 125 bonus Clubcard points. This converts to 200 British Airways Avios points. You can complete this questionnaire once per year. The deadline for the current promotions is October 4th 2015.

6. Complete Customer Satisfaction Surveys When You Shop at Tesco

When you shop at Tesco, there will be a link to the Tesco Views website at the bottom of the receipt, and a request for you to complete a customer satisfaction survey. You will receive 25 bonus Clubcard points per survey you complete and you can complete a maximum of 3 surveys per month. Additionally, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £1,000 Tesco gift card. The key here is to convert your Tesco Clubcard points into British Airways Avios at the end of each quarter.

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7. Play the Avios Suitcase Game on Facebook

Avios are running an on-going game on their Facebook page where you can earn Avios points by completing tasks and earning badges. Points will be credited to your Avios.com account, which you can then transfer over to your British Airways Executive Club account. You can earn an easy 390+ Avios for completing the challenges currently available. New challenges are added regularly and you will typically earn around 20-50 Avios per challenge.

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8. Get 600 Avios for Joining the Rewards for Thoughts Survey Panel

Another market research panel that has joined forces with Avios is Rewards for Thoughts. They are currently running a promotion where you will earn 600 bonus Avios points when you complete your first survey. Each survey pays up to 50 Avios points upon completion. Note, that this is an Avios.com promotion and you will therefore need to transfer your points onto your British Airways Executive Club account if you wish to redeem directly from BA.

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9. Convert Your Heathrow Rewards Points

Heathrow Airport operate their own loyalty scheme called Heathrow Rewards, which gives you points for purchases made within the airport. Heathrow Rewards points can be converted to a number of different airline points, including British Airways Executive Club Avios. Heathrow Rewards points usually convert to airline miles at a 1:1 ratio. You get 100 free Heathrow Rewards points when you register a new account.

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10. Collect Avios When Booking Heathrow Express Tickets or Airport Parking

You can also earn Avios points when purchasing tickets for the Heathrow Express or airport parking. You will earn 100 British Airways Avios per standard one-way ticket booked and 200 points for a one-way First Class ticket.

When you book airport parking, you can earn up to 250 British Airways Avios at London Heathrow and at all other UK airports, you will earn 5 Avios points per £1 spent on pre-booked meet-and-greet parking services.

This list is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to earning British Airways Avios points. What are some of your tips for boosting your Avios balance? Let us know in the comments.


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Disclaimer: Cheaper Luxury is a journalistic website and content on the site should not be taken as financial advice. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that any financial product discussed on this site is right for your personal circumstances. Any recommendation made on this site is solely based on the ability to earn loyalty points and airline miles, and does not consider APR or any impact on your credit history.