How to collect air miles

The Air Miles loyalty scheme was renamed Avios in 2011, but many people still refer to Avios as Air Miles. Avios can be redeemed to cover all or part of the cost of flights with British Airways and other participating airlines. They can also be used to pay for hotels, car hire, Eurostar train travel and various special offers and one-off events. You can earn Avios in many different ways. These include flying with participating airlines, spending on Avios reward credit cards, trading supermarket loyalty points for Avios and shopping online via the Avios eStore.

Visit the Avios website and click "Join Now." Fill in your details as requested to open an Avios account. You will be given an account number and sent an Avios card in the post. Return to the Avios home page and click "Collect." Select "See all ways to collect" to view all current ways to collect Avios.

Apply for an Avios reward credit card such as the Lloyds TSB Duo Avios credit card. Link your credit card account to your Avios account. Avios will automatically be credited to your account every time you use the card to make a purchaes. Avios are not usually awarded when you make a balance transfer or use the card to obtain a cash advance.

Fill your car at a participating petrol station. As of June 2013, these are Shell garages within the UK and RUBiS in Jersey and Guernsey. Give the attendant your Avios card to scan when you make your purchase.

Book a flight with British Airways or another participating airline. Enter your Avios membership details when making your booking online, or present your Avios card at check-in. If you forget to claim your Avios, you can add them retrospectively on the Avios website up to 6 months after your flight.

Convert Tesco Clubcard points to Avios. Log in to your Clubcard account, go to "Preferences" and select "Avios" as your preferred reward to convert points automatically. To make a one-off conversion, click "Collect" on the Avios website, then select "Tesco Clubcard." Click "Get Avios Manually" and enter the value of Clubcard vouchers you want to exchange. Enter the voucher's online code, then click "Use Code."

Click "Collect" on the Avios website and select "Online Shopping." Click "Shop via eStore" and select a participating online store. Click the store to connect via eStore and make your purchases as normal.


Reward credit cards usually have higher interest rates than other comparable cards. Always try to pay your balance in full during the card's interest-free period.

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Things Needed

  • Avios account

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Paul Travers has worked as a freelance journalist since 1990. He has worked primarily for "Kerrang!," the U.K.'s leading rock magazine, but he has also published online content and in print publications worldwide, from "MusikExpress" in Germany to "Smash Hits" in Australia. Travers holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and media studies from the University of Central Lancashire.

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