British Airways, like many airlines, has an online shopping portal — but I think they tend to have more and better promotions than the U.S. carriers. Now through May 31, you can earn triple Avios on all shopping purchases. You can even get up to 24 Avios per dollar when you get ready for your next vacation with luggage from eBags and new shades from Sunglass Hut.
This is great news because one of the best ways to redeem Avios points is on domestic U.S. flights! Avoid the expensive international surcharges and higher costs for connecting flights when you try to fly international. On a domestic flight operated by Alaska Airlines or American Airlines (both BA partners) you won’t pay more than a few dollars in mandatory taxes and security fees. Plus, you’re more likely to find a non-stop flight that lets you stretch your Avios to the maximum value. Even flights to Hawaii are cheapest using Avios, starting at just 12,500 each way from the West Coast.
Offers from other retailers include 6 Avios per dollar at Apple, 18 Avios per dollar at Neiman Marcus and West Elm, and 12 Avios per dollar at Sears and Walmart.
So while normally I don’t get too excited about airline shopping portals, I do think that this limited time offer from British Airways is worth considering. Take a look at what’s on your shopping list during Memorial Day sales this weekend and try to buy online if possible! Even though the offer says in-store offers are excluded, you can still buy online and pick up in-store if you want to earn more points.