Collecting and using Avios to fly business and first class

We’re often fortunate enough to fly business class, but earlier this year we had enough Avios point to fly first class to Boston.

I’ve put together a really simple guide on collecting and spending Avios point below. There are more in depth guides out there but if you want to know how to collect them and how to use them to take some amazing trips in business and first class, here’s how…

  • Join the British Airways Executive Club – it’s free to join and will set up an account that will store all your points <click here> Every time you book a BA flight or holiday you will collect points.
  • Collecting points – The easiest way to collect points is through a partner credit card and the one that offers the best bonus schemes is American Express. There are several different Amex cards but the Gold card is the one with the best joining bonus (Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first six months of Cardmembership, which turn into Avios). All the info is here>>> Do be careful of yearly fee’s and interest rates.
  • You can also recommend the gold card to friends and family and earn bonus points. My referral code is here>>> which will get you an extra 6,000 points.
  • Tesco Clubcard also offer good Avios deals from time to time too.
  • Another great way to collect points is to use the Executive Club estore www.shopping.ba where you can collect 1 to 18 points per pound spent. Just link any debit or credit card to your account.
  • Take a look at BA’s list of collecting points here>>>

Spending Points

  • There are different ways to spend points but we largely use them for flights and find that as you still pay the taxes and charges they are best spent on business or first class flights due to the low cost of economy flights. Alternatively, use them to upgrade to premium economy to business.
  • How many points do you need? So BA state that flights start from as little as 4000 points, which would get you a one way ticket to Amsterdam or Paris for example.
  • Long haul obvioualy use many more points, for example return to Tokyo in June cost 150,000 points but look out for companion (2 for 1) vouchers on the Amex Premium Plus Card when you spend £10,000 a year.
  • Long haul economy starts at 13,000 but the best way to check is to use the search and book function on the BA website.
  • Availability is sometimes limited, especially on popular routes with few flights times so you need to be on the ball when booking.

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