January was a record month for me for air miles. I have yet to do the final recce but the total is in excess of 114,000. I was absolutely astonished when I checked one of my card statements to find 91,000 AVIOS waiting to be transferred to my AVIOS account. Then, I checked the other account and found a further 25,000!
It almost doesn’t matter what the exact number is at that rate! It was so easy, it was serious child’s play!!
Avios account update
So, here’s how I did it.
Amex Gold card
The minimum spend for the sign-up bonus for this card is £2,000 within two months. I timed this to coincide with the need to book flights to Nepal for our Everest base camp expedition. Added to that, I got a second card for Jason, so we were both able to put all our spending on the card. Because I used a referral link (use this one to earn an extra 2,000 points) I banked 22,000 points. You still earn an acceptable 20,000 miles even if you don’t have a referral link.
In addition, every £1 spent contributed another 1 mile/point to the account giving me an additional 2,400 points. Yes, it has been a bumper month for spending!
British Airways Amex card
Read this post on why you should avoid the FREE blue card like the plague, and this post for the only time you ever should opt for the blue card. Both of these posts help to explain why the BA Premium AMEX card is such a great option for racking up a ton of miles. The sign-up bonus on this card is 26,000 if you use a referral link however that’s not how I earned the points this month.
No, instead I made a point of telling everyone I know about the virtues of the card and banking a ton of referral points. For every referral you earn 9,000 points. In theory, it’s limited to ten referrals a year but I’ve had more than that (no idea if this is a fluke but I’m not the only person to say this!) Sssh, don’t tell American Express.
Both the Gold card and the BA Premium card allow you to refer friends and family so if you can achieve the maximum referrals for both, that’s 180,000 plus the sign-up bonuses. Pretty impressive hey? You will be excitedly planning your next big trip in no time!
Boost your AVIOS account by recycling
Just remember to tell your friends that hoarding is not rewarding when it comes to air miles. Satisfy the minimum spend, bank the points and cancel. You then wait six months after you cancel the cards before you can apply again, and repeat the whole process.
So, what are you waiting for? Shout from the rooftops about your credit cards and encourage your friends to sign up using your referrals.
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