Secret Way to Get Travel Deals Meant Only for UK Residents, Set Up a UK Avios Account

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If you live in the US and collect British Airways miles (called Avios), most likely you’ve signed-up in the British Airways Executive Club frequent flyer program.  That program is open to folks worldwide, regardless of where you live.

But there’s another Avios program that is open to UK residents only.  And sometimes they run different promotions and sales from the British Airways Executive Club program.  But to take advantage of these promotions, and transfer Avios from your British Airways Executive Club account, you’ll need to jump through a few hoops.

I’ll show you how to sign-up for UK Avios so you can get the EXTRA deals shown only to UK residents!

Secret Way To Get Travel Deals Meant Only For UK Residents Set Up A UK Avios Account

Sign-Up for UK Avios to Take Advantage of Their Promotions

How to Create a UK Avios Account

Link:   UK Avios Website

Step 1 – Check Your British Airways Executive Club Account

Before you create a UK Avios account, you’ll need to check your existing British Airways Executive Club account.  You must use the same name, email address, and date of birth listed on your British Airways Executive Club account.

Secret Way To Get Travel Deals Meant Only For UK Residents Set Up A UK Avios Account

Confirm the Details You Used on Your British Airways Account Before Signing-Up for UK Avios

Step 2 – Find an Address in the UK to Use

You absolutely must have a UK address and phone number to sign-up for the UK Avios program.  If you have friends or family there, you could use their address.  Or perhaps your company has a UK office.  Or you want to move in to Harrods!

Secret Way To Get Travel Deals Meant Only For UK Residents Set Up A UK Avios Account

You’ll Need a UK Address and Phone Number to Register

Some folks have used details from a hotel they’ve stayed at in the UK.  But do what’s comfortable for you!

Step 3 – Sign-Up for a UK Avios Account

Go to the UK Avios sign-up page and register for an account using the same personal details from your British Airways Executive Club account and the UK address you’ve decided to use.

Secret Way To Get Travel Deals Meant Only For UK Residents Set Up A UK Avios Account

Create an Account on the Avios Website Using Your Personal Details and UK Address

Step 4 – Link Your UK Avios and British Airways Executive Club Accounts

Now that you have a UK Avios account, you can transfer miles from your British Airways Executive Club account.  Log into your UK Avios account, go to “My Account” and select “Combine My Avios.”  You’ll be prompted to enter your British Airways Executive Club information.

Secret Way To Get Travel Deals Meant Only For UK Residents Set Up A UK Avios Account

Add Your British Airways Executive Club Details to Your UK Avios Account to Transfer Points

After the accounts are combined, you can select the number of Avios you want to transfer between accounts.

Secret Way To Get Travel Deals Meant Only For UK Residents Set Up A UK Avios Account

Once Your Accounts Are Linked, You Can Move Avios Back and Forth Between Accounts

What Are UK Avios Good For?

The UK Avios program sometimes has promotions that can only be accessed from their site.  For example, they’re currently running a 50% off award tickets sale that can only be booked from the UK Avios website (but it’s not a very good deal).

Other than flights, UK Avios can also be used for hotels, car rentals, ferries, and the Eurostar train that runs between the UK and France.  Or you can spend Avios on theme parks, theater tickets, restaurants, or sporting events.

Secret Way To Get Travel Deals Meant Only For UK Residents Set Up A UK Avios Account

You Can Use Avios for Eurostar Train Tickets

Note:   Flights, hotels, and car rentals can all be booked on the Avios website.  But for other awards, like Eurostar tickets, you have to call Avios in the UK to book at 011-44-0844-493-3399.

Bottom Line

Folks in the US can sign-up for the UK Avios program by using the same details on their British Airways Executive Club account and a UK address.

Once you’ve signed-up, you can access sales and promotions not normally available to folks outside of the UK.  And you can transfer points back and forth between your British Airways and UK Avios accounts.

Have you used UK Avios for awards?  What was your experience like?

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4 responses to “Secret Way to Get Travel Deals Meant Only for UK Residents, Set Up a UK Avios Account

  1. How many points is the eurostar booking? Is it worth the points?

  2. Is it possible to use this same strategy to sign up for the British Airways Amex in the UK?

  3. It is not possible to call a 0844 (a semi toll free UK ONLY number) from the USA – do you have a regular landline number for use from the USA?