It’s that time of year when the mulled wine is flowing, the fireworks are a popping and I’m totting up how many AVIOS I’ve earned for the year. I like to see if my air miles statement shows an improvement or deterioration on last year’s performance. Also, whether there are any key takeaways that I can use to boost my air miles points in 2018.
What I discovered has me kicking myself!! Despite thinking I had had a great year for air miles collection, I discover I have actually earned 23,938 less air miles. This includes my total earnings from both the AVIOS and Miles and More scheme.
This is despite ramping up my credit card referrals and sign up bonuses and increasing my earnings from credit cards from 181,675 in 2016 to 260,115 in 2017.
Let’s take a look at what happened in the hope that you avoid making the same dumb mistake that I did.
2017 Air miles
|Row Labels||Points from each earning activity||Totals|
|Sign up bonus||68,000|
|Credit card spend||63,500|
|BA Premium AMEX||137,615|
|Sign up bonus||26,000|
|Credit card spend||48,615|
|Credit card spend||23,857|
The Deep Dive
Let’s take a closer look and see what worked well in 2017 and what worked less well on the AVIOS and Miles and More air miles points front.
What went right
My referrals increased hugely. By concertedly encouraging others to use my referral link to sign up for the credit cards I use, I earned a whopping 54,000 AVIOS from my British Airways card alone. I took advantage of my referral links to apply for cards for Jason, and vice versa. This is a sure fire way to quickly bag a ton of miles.
Also, our quest to walk more steps each day, often involving an evening stroll to Tesco, means that not only are we both healthier but we have also hugely increased our AVIOS conversions from Tesco Clubcard. In 2016, we earned just 4,080 AVIOS from Tesco compared to 13,320 in 2017.
What went wrong
It is all about the shopping. In 2016, I made a huge effort to make online purchases only via the AVIOS store or Top Cashback. Somehow this year, I seem to have forgotten this easy means of earning more air miles.
The annoying thing is that many of the shops that I use to purchase workwear and evening clothes feature on both of these sites. There are literally hundreds of stores featured, so whether you want a freezer, a ballgown, a TV or travel insurance, it definitely pays to check these sites out first. Be sure to use my Top Cashback referral link to get a FREE £5 Amazon Voucher (terms apply).
This year, I have missed out on over 100,000 points by not following this simple step when booking hotels, car rentals and making other purchases. How bloody annoying!
My top takeaway
Always ensure you check Top Cashback and the AVIOS store before making any purchase online. You may be able to earn tons more points from your preferred store with just a few extra clicks.
Do you have any top tips for 2018?
Do you have any any top tips for earning more air miles in 2018? If so, feel free to share as we would love to hear them.