How to Use the British Airways Avios eStore to Earn More Points [2018]

British Airways Avios eStore

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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 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

CHASE PERSONAL CARDBENEFITS & INFO
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® 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
Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Chase Freedom Unlimited®
  • Earn $150 bonus
  • Unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase - it's automatic.
  • 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases & balance transfers, then a variable APR of 16.74-25.49%.
  • Annual Fee: $0

Recommended Chase Business Cards

CHASE BUSINESS CARDBENEFITS & INFO
Chase Ink Business Preferred℠ Card

Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points
  • That's $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Earn 3 points per $1 in select business categories.
  • Annual Fee: $95
Chase Ink Business Cash℠ Card

Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card
  • Earn $500 bonus cash-back
  • Earn 5% cash back in select business categories
  • Earn 2% cash-back on the first $25,000 (combined) spent at gas stations and restaurants each year
  • 0% introductory APR for 12 months on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 14.99%-20.99%
  • $0 Annual Fee
Chase Ink Business Unlimited℠ Card

New! Ink Business Unlimited℠ Credit Card
  • $500 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening.
  • Unlimited 1.5% cash back
  • 0% intro APR for 12 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 14.99%-20.99%.
  • $0 Annual Fee

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 CARDBENEFITS & INFO
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card

The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 2x points at US supermarkets, on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x).
  • Earn 20% extra points when you make 20 or more purchases with your Card in a billing period.
  • 0% introductory APR for the first 15 months on purchases, then a variable APR of 14.74%-25.74%.
  • 0% introductory APR for the first 15 months on balance transfers requested within 60 days of account opening, then a variable APR of 14.74%-25.74%. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 points after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • $100 Airline fee credit. Terms apply.
  • 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
The Platinum Card® from American Express

The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • Access more than 1,100 airport lounges across 120 countries and counting, including the amazing Centurion® lounges.
  • Up to $200 Uber Savings Annually.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $550

Recommended Amex Business Cards

CREDIT CARDBENEFITS & INFO
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories.
  • Earn 2x points on the remaining 4 categories
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175. Terms Apply.
The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express

The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 2X points on everyday business purchases such as office supplies or client dinners.
  • 0.0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 12.99%, 16.99% or 20.99%. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN
  • LIMITED TIME OFFER: Earn up to 100,000 Membership Rewards® Points.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 & an extra 50,000 points after you spend an additional $15,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 8/8/18.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • Access more than 1,100 airport lounges across 120 countries and counting, including the amazing Centurion® lounges.
  • Up to $200 a calendar year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $450

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 up to $100 statement credit after you make $1,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Earn an additional $100 statement credit after making a purchase at a participating hotel during your first 6 months. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn up to $200 statement credit after you make $1,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases.
  • Free Boingo Wi-Fi & Free Wi-Fi at SPG participating hotels. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.

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!

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2 comments

  1. Maureen Mutch · June 25, 2018 · Reply

    Collected AVIOS points for many years and used estore frequently however now transferred to British Airways and just made my first purchase with BA ESTORE and unable to find a record of my purchase can you explain where they are located on the site. Cheers.

    • Hi Maureen, in order to find the record of your purchase you will have to log into your BA executive club account.

      From the landing page, you can click the drop-down “Manage My Account” on the left-hand side. From there, chose “My Statement”.

      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.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

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