How to Use the British Airways Avios eStore to Maximize Points [2017]

British Airways Avios eStore

If you’re into online shopping, you should definitely be earning points in the process! Like to shop and fly British Airways? You’re in luck…there’s a shopping portal just for you.A place where you can earn extra miles with hardly any extra work! Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

A place where you can earn extra miles with hardly any extra work! Sounds like a no-brainer, right? This article will tell you everything you need to know about using the British Airways Avios eStore to earn extra miles.

How to Log in

British Airways Avios eStore
Be sure to select the proper “location” on the landing page! Image courtesy of shopping.ba.com.

The first thing to note: if you are shopping from the U.S., on the landing page you may need to select “USA” as your location (if it is not automatically selected for you). This will allow you to view retailers that are more readily available to U.S. customers.

Once your language has been selected, click Executive Club Login.

British Airways Avios eStore
You can log in with an existing account or choose to sign up. Image courtesy of britishairways.com.

To receive Avios for your shopping purchases, you must log in to the British Avios eStore. Otherwise, no bonus will be awarded.

If you are already a British Airways Executive Club member, you do not need to create any separate login information — you simply use the account you already have. If you are not an existing British Airways Executive Club member, you will need to create an account. It’s a quick form and free to sign up.

Basics of Using the Program

British Airways Avios eStore
British Airways makes it pretty simple: just browse, shop, and collect Avios! Image courtesy of shopping.ba.com.

Once you are logged in, you can browse retailers and special offers. Clicking on a retailer will give the offer, a brief overview of the company, and an opportunity to use the Avios Calculator to see how many Avios you will earn with a specific purchase amount.

British Airways Avios eStore
Use the handy “Avios Calculator” to see how many you could earn! Image courtesy of shopping.ba.com.

If you want to shop with a specific retailer and receive your bonus miles, you must click the red “Shop Now” button that will direct you through to the retailer’s site. Then, simply complete your purchase through the site. British Airways automatically tracks your purchase through cookies, so be sure they are enabled on your browser!

Your Avios should show “Pending” in your account within 5 working days. BA will validate your purchase with the retailer within 40 days. When approved, the account will be updated to reflect the status. All “Approved” Avios should be posted to your Executive Club account within 48 hours.

If you purchase your items without going through the eStore, there is no way to retroactively apply your bonus Avios.

Special Shopping Offers

British Airways Avios eStore
Examples of special bonus offers. Image courtesy of shopping.ba.com.

Occasionally, it’s possible to earn even more bonus points by way of special shopping offers. Generally, these offers will involve a retailer issuing an increased number of Avios per dollar. These special offers tend to run for a limited time only, with the deadline listed when you click the retailer.

For example, at the time of this writing Macy’s was highlighting a special offer to earn 6 Avios per $1 (rather than their normal offer of 3 Avios per $1).

British Airways Avios eStore
The “Voucher” tab shows current sales and offers from eStore retailers. Image courtesy of shopping.ba.com.

Additionally, the Avios eStore has a “Vouchers” section that presents current sales and deals for applicable retailers. Clicking the specific retailer will show you a current coupon code or tell you that sale does not need a code.

Example Retailers

You may have noticed a few of the participating retailers in the photos above.

Participating retailers and potential mileage bonuses in the British Airways Avios eStore change regularly. At the time of writing, these were some of the great earning rates being offered:

  • T-Mobile: 7,500 Avios for activation of a wireless service
  • Magazines.com: 20 Avios per $1
  • Kiehl’s USA: 12 Avios per $1
  • Columbia Sports: 8 Avios per $1
  • Sunglasses Hut: 8 Avios per $1
  • iTunes USA: 7 Avios per $1
  • …and SO many more!
British Airways Avios eStore
So many retailers to choose from! Image courtesy of shopping.ba.com.

Using Credit Cards to Earn Extra Points

Using the Avios eStore can earn you extra bonus miles just by itself, but you can earn even more by paying with a credit card that earns points or miles!

If your main goal is to earn British Airways miles, you have several credit card options. You can earn Avios directly through the Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card. However, this might not be your best option.

You can also earn Chase Ultimate Rewards, which can be transferred to British Airways at a 1:1 ratio. Thanks to the bonus categories offered by many Chase cards, you can earn Avios even quicker on some of these.

Recommended Chase Personal Cards

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

(Our #1 rewards card).
  • 50,000 bonus points.
  • That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through
    Chase Ultimate Rewards.
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide.
  • $0 Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee: $0 the first year, then $95
  • Our Review
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
  • 50,000 bonus points
  • 3X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide
  • Annual Fee: $450
  • Our Review
Chase Freedom®
  • Earn 5% cash back in bonus categories
  • No annual fee
  • Our Review
Chase Freedom Unlimited℠

Recommended Chase Business Cards

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
  • Earn 3 points per $1 in select categories
  • Annual Fee: $95
  • Our Review
Chase Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card
  • Earn 5% cash back in select business categories
  • No Annual Fee
  • Our Review

American Express Membership Rewards can also be transferred at a ratio of 1:1. As with Chase, bonus categories allow you to earn Membership Rewards points much faster.

Recommended Amex Personal Cards

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • Up to $200 Uber Savings Annually.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $550
  • Our Review
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 points.
  • 3x points for flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and at US supermarkets. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0 for the first year, then $195
  • Our Review
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • 2x points at US supermarkets, on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x). Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Our Review

Recommended Amex Business Cards

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN
  • Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • 50% more points on business purchases of $5,000 or more and 35% Airline Bonus.
  • Annual Fee: $450
  • Our Review
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories.
  • Plus, 2X points on the 4 remaining categories and 1X points on other purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
  • Our Review
The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 2X points on everyday business purchases such as office supplies or client dinners. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Our Review

If a retailer falls into one of a card’s bonus categories, you can earn even more points that can be transferred to British Airways.

Another option to boost your Avios is to earn SPG Starpoints. They don’t have bonus categories, but for every block of 20,000 points you transfer, you will receive a bonus of 5,000 Avios.

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights.
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Our Review
Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Our Review

With so many options, you’ll also have plenty of Avios to redeem for your next adventure!

Final Thoughts

Using the British Airways Avios eStore is a great way to earn a little extra on purchases you’re already making.

Need a gift for a friend? Earn some extra Avios for your thoughtful present!

Need to order medications for your pooch? Get yourself some extra Avios for being such a responsible pet parent.

Want to impress the in-laws with a new outfit?  Get bonus miles for your effort!

It takes just a few extra seconds to log in; with all the popular retailers, your Avios will add up quickly!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card