Air miles are something I only began collecting last year, but in that time I’ve been able to build them up through things like ordering takeaways, online shopping and using travel websites. The British Airways Avios programme is, for me in the United Kingdom, the most useful in terms of flight routes. The App is easy to use and includes features like specifying how many points you are away from being able to purchase certain flights and the website is just as easy to navigate and extremely informative. You don’t have to have flown BA before signing up, and you don’t even have to fly with them when using your points as they can also be spent on hotels, car hire and experiences.
There are sixteen categories of websites that you can earn points through, and the ones I use most often are:
- Clothes & Fashion: ASOS, Topshop, All Saints, Boohoo, New Look, M&S (there are 336 clothing retailers in this section).
- Food & Drink: Tesco, Just East, Dominos, Pizza Hut, Groupon (61 retailers).
- Travel: Booking.com, Railcard, Hotels.com, P&O, Walt Disney (28 retailers).
Electronics websites like Currys are also featured, all of the major UK department stores and home stores like B&Q. Chances are, if you shop online, you’ll be able to earn points. You can search an A-Z of all the retailers on the Avios website here.
Collecting points is unbelievably easy as long as you remember to access whichever website you’re purchasing from through either the app or website. Both use affiliate links which relate the amount spent when ordering online then multiply it by the number of points per pound then add them to your account within five days. For example, if you spend £16 on Just East, 32 points will be added to your account.
Like in the photos below from the App, the Avios website allows you to see how many points are earned on each website, so if you’re intending on purchasing an item that’s available at the same price from two retailers but one offers more points per pound, make sure to purchase through that one. Points will only be collected if you click on the website through the App or website, and terms and conditions are attached to every website’s link. If you fly with British Airways already, entering your ID number when booking the flight will also earn you points.
Other ways to spend include on hotels, which can also be partially or fully paid with Avios points. Again, this means you could stretch your budget for the hotel you’re staying in without actually having to outlay the extra cash for it. Car hire and experiences like meals, tickets to landmarks and tours can also be paid for partially or in full. Use the App or website to search activities you have in mind for a trip before booking them in cash to potentially save you some money.
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