If flight prices are limiting your travel opportunities or you are simply interested in huge flight discounts and free flight upgrades, then look no further. Within this in depth guide we will walk you through how to gain huge rewards with no commitments, and no credit cards. All through simply linking your day to day spending through Avios. Which in short works much like a retailer points card.

This will cover everything you need to know about the Avios scheme, how to earn points, and how to spend them.

Grab a nice cuppa and get comfy – this is going to be a long one.

Avios is a points based system run through British Airways and their partner airlines. Avios allows you to earn points through a variety of ways of which you will discover throughout this article.


  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Italy
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7 Airlines
  • Sri Lankan Airlines


You earn tier points alongside Avios points when you fly. When you reach a certain amount of points, you level up to the next tier. With each tier there are additional benefits you receive.

The tier system works like this – Blue, Bronze, Silver, Gold.

The blue tier has no eligibility, and is where you start. This allows you to start earning points.

To receive the bronze tier, you need to have gained 300 tier points, and have flown at least 2 eligible flights that year. An example of the benefits you receive with the bronze tier is as shown:

  • Priority check in and boarding
  • Free seat selection 7 days before departure
  • 25% bonus Avios.
  • Member-only offers

For the silver tier, you need to have earned at least 600 tier points, and have taken 4 eligible flights a year. An example of the benefits are seen below:

  • Priority boarding
  • Free seat selection at booking
  • Access to business lounges
  • Extra baggage allowance
  • 50% bonus Avios
  • Member-only offers.

And for the Gold tier, you need to have earned 1500 tier points, and taken 4 eligible flights a year. An example of the benefits are shown below:

  • First class check in and boarding
  • Free seat selection at booking
  • Access to First lounges
  • Extra baggage allowance
  • Additional reward flight availability
  • 100% bonus Avios.
  • Member-only offers.


There are two main ways to earn points with Avios –

By flying and shopping.

Flying: When you book a flight through B/A or any of its partner airlines, the points you earn are calculated as a percentage of the miles flown, and you will receive a higher percentage for flying a higher class. (lowest percentage with economy, and highest percentage with first class)

To calculate how many points you will receive with a British Airways flight, see the calculator below:

The further you move through the tiers of the Club the more Avios you’ll collect. Bronze, Silver and Gold Members earn the following tier bonuses on British Airways flights:

  • Bronze – 25% extra Avios
  • Silver – 50% extra Avios
  • Gold – 100% extra Avios

Some of their partner airlines also offer tier bonuses, helping you to grow your Avios balance faster. You can check their individual websites to find out exact figures.

Shopping: If you download the avios app, it will allow you to shop from over 100 retailers, accommodation sites, and even phone and tv contracts, earning points just from doing your regular shopping for no additional costs. Some of these retailers include:

  • Air B and B
  • Just eat
  • John Lewis
  • Marks and spencer
  • Asos
  • Argos

And many, many more.

All you have to do is do your shopping through the link on the avios app, and your points will be added to your account within a given timeframe.

You can also redeem your Tesco Clubcard vouchers as Avios points.

If you’re interested in credit cards, they also have some which allow you to earn points. See the link to their website below for more information


You can redeem your points in a variety of ways.

The main ones are:

Booking flights – you can use your points to fully pay for flights with B/A or their partner airlines. You will still have to use cash to pay for taxes, fees and carrier charges. If you don’t have enough points, you can also chose to purchase more Avios points with cash. For reward flights with you will pay either a peak or off-peak Avios amount, depending on the date of your flight.

Partially paying for flights. You have the option to split the cost between points and cash on selected flights with B/A and the following airlines – American Airlines, Air Baltic, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Flybe, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Loganair, Qantas, Qatar, S7 and Vistara.

Upgrading your flights. You are only able to upgrade British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines flights. You are able to upgrade new or existing bookings.

You are also able to spend your points on experiences, hotel accommodation, car rental, and wine. These change on a regular basis, so you’re best checking directly on the British Airways website nearer the time of booking.

Finally, I just wanted to mention that if there is no activity on your account for 3 years (saving or spending points) then you will lose any existing points! But don’t worry, as long as you don’t exceed this timeframe your points won’t expire.

That should cover everything you need to fully understand how it works, and now you can get started collecting your Avios points! Consistency is key, and the points will build up if you connect them to your purchases. So sit back, let the points creep up, and treat yourself with them!

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