Avios replaced the Air Miles scheme in 2011 when British Airways and Iberia merged. The two airlines were amalgamated under the parent company International Airline Group.
I never collected Airmiles, but I have been collecting Avios for many years and I highly recommend collecting them if you like to travel. They are great to use to upgrade your flights, but remember, always read the small print as not all flights can be upgraded.
If you can obtain a BA Companion Voucher (details of how to get one are further down) then your Avios can go even further. One of the things that I like about Avios is that you can collect them without spending any money.
Here are a few ways to collect Avios, both paid and free:
Flights — You can collect Avios with British Airways, Oneworld® alliance partners and other airline partners. It depends on the fare class as to how many Avios you will earn.
Lowest (G, O, Q) 25% of miles flown
Low (K, L, M, N, S, V1) 50% of miles flown
Flexible (Y, B, H) 100% of miles flown
Hotels — If you book direct with one of the BA hotel partners than you can convert your points from the hotel’s loyalty scheme to Avios. You can also book hotels direct with British Airways Holidays collecting 1 Avios for every £1 spent.
Car Hire — If you book with Avis, Budget and Zipcar, then you are eligible to collect Avios. The most are with Avis where you can collect 5 Avios per £1 spent.
Shopping — This is probably where I collect more of my Avios. BA operate a website where you can access retailers through their site, collecting Avios. It works like Quidco or TopCashback only you receive Avios points rather than cash. It is always worth checking how many Avios you will receive for your shopping as often, it is better than the cashback.
Tesco Clubcard — You can convert your Clubcard vouchers into Avios. £2.50 = 600 Avios.
eRewards — No spending necessary. You can collect Avios for filling out surveys. Collect 600 Avios when you complete your first survey with eRewards. I have collected thousands of Avios this way. If you have time to spare and you enjoy filling out surveys, then definitely give this one a go as it does not cost you a penny.
Rewards for Thoughts — Another way to collect Avios with no spend. When you enrol with Rewards for Thoughts and complete your first survey, you’ll collect 600 Avios. Then for each survey completed, you’ll collect up to 50 Avios.
British Airways American Express® Credit Card — This is the main credit card that I use. The card is free and offers you to collect 1 Avios for virtually every £1 spent on purchases. There is also a welcome offer where you get 5,000 Avios if you spend £1,000 in your first three months of Cardmembership. If you are a big spender then this card offers a Companion Voucher when you spend £20,000 each membership year. The voucher gives you a buy one get one free flight with BA, you only pay the taxes. Whilst this is s great voucher, especially if you have enough Avios to add towards it. The voucher is best used on long haul flights and if you are flexible with your dates, you can fly business or first class for a fraction of the cost (I have done it).
There are other ways that you can collect Avios. Nutmeg Pensions, Capital on Tap, The Spectator, Fibre Broadband from SSE, The Economist, Midpoint money transfer, The Wine Flyer, Heathrow Rewards, The Bicester Village Shopping Collection®, Hackett, High Life Shop products onboard British Airways flights.
Avios are also available to be purchased. I would not recommend this unless you are only a few short from what you need for your flight. Also, every so often, BA has offers where you can receive up to 50% more Avios for your money.
Thanks for reading. I hope you find this useful.