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?
This article will tell you everything you need to know about using the British Airways Avios eStore to earn extra miles.
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How to Log in
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.
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 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
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.
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
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 7 Avios per $1 (rather than their normal offer of 3 Avios per $1).
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.
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
- Proactiv: 17 Avios per $1
- Go Daddy: 15 Avios per $1
- Lonely Planet: 15 Avios per $1
- Selfridges USA: 12 Avios per $1
- …and SO many more!
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.
British Airways Avios can be earned directly with the British Airways Visa Signature® Card.
Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card - This is our favorite beginners travel rewards card which has a 60,000 point bonus (highest ever) after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. |
This sign up bonus is worth $750 in travel purchases (flights, hotels, car rentals etc) when you redeem your points through Chase's travel portal, which works like Expedia. The bonus alone could get you multiple round-trip flights or hotel stays.
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® - Consider this premium card if you want to get into a lot of airport lounges. The current sign up bonus is 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You'll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $450 annual fee.|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited® - A simple, no annual fee card that earns you 3% cash-back on all purchases in your first year (up to $20,000 spent), then 1.5% on all purchases after that. Just know that you won't get any travel benefits or the ability to earn bonus points with this card.|
Business Owner? See our article on Chase business cards that earn Ultimate Rewards.
Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)
|The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months. This is our favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get about $1,500+ in value from the card every year. |
Plus, get up to $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month and a $20 bonus in December) — and up to $200 in annual credit for airline incidental charges (e.g. baggage fees). For rates and fees of the Platinum Card, click here.
|American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide and 4x points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly.|
With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $2,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, for many this is an easy addition to your wallet. For rates and fees of the Gold Card, click here.
Business Owner? See our article on Amex business cards that earn Membership Rewards.
Recommended Marriott Cards
|Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Card - earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Get automatic silver elite status each account anniversary year; and a free night award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.|
|Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card - earn 75,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. A solid card for business owners who will get complimentary Marriott Bonvoy silver elite status. Annual fee is $125. For rates and fees of the Bonvoy Business Card, click here.|
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.
With so many options, you’ll also have plenty of Avios to redeem for your next adventure!
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!