Universal Orlando Resort: made possible with Avios

Did you know that in just five easy steps you could have charged your Avios balance to Universal Orlando Resort levels? Perfect for those with dreams of Florida for all the family, our guide should leave you with more holiday money to splurge across the 541-acre, thrill-packed theme parks, as well as the best in dining, shopping and entertainment

The destination: Universal Orlando Resort

Welcome to the unforgettable adventure that is Universal Orlando Resort. Since opening its doors in 1990, Universal Orlando has captivated millions with its thrilling rides and immersive experiences, from the beloved E.T. Adventure, a timeless classic, to the twists, turns and drops of some of the world’s most iconic rollercoasters, including the apex predator of coasters, Jurassic World VelociCoaster. Walk the hallowed halls of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Don your cape and swing through the streets with Spider-Man at Marvel Super Hero Island® in Universal Islands of Adventure. Join Gru and the mischievous Minions from Illumination on the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™ ride at Universal Studios Florida, then make a splash at the action-packed water theme park Universal Volcano Bay. Next year (giving you even more time to collect those all-important Avios), the gates will open on a theme park world beyond anything experienced before… And get ready for Universal Epic Universe, coming in 2025. What’s more, you can choose from a variety of spectacularly themed Universal hotels, each including exclusive benefits. 

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Avios: how many do you need?

To reduce the cost of your adventure to Universal Orlando Resort, a flight to Orlando requires 60,000 Avios + £150 when booking a Reward Flight Saver on an off-peak return travelling in World Traveller (economy).1 In addition, spend Avios with Avis car hire.2When you land at Orlando International Airport, Universal is only a 20-minute drive away. Alternatively, you can make things even simpler by spending Avios on a full holiday package with British Airways Holidays. Why don’t you spend a week at Universal in Orlando before heading off on a classic US road trip across Florida? Take in highlights such as Cape Canaveral and the Everglades National Park and drive the 113-mile Overseas Highway to Florida Keys before a return flight from Miami.

The Avios: how many do you need?

Step one: improve your home, improve your Avios

Before you pick up a paintbrush, visit our vast shopping portal3 and collect Avios with more than 2,000 online retailers, including a range of home improvement stores such as B&Q, Wickes, Toolstation, Screwfix, Dulux Decorator Centre, Travis Perkins, Plumbworld and Homebase – with whom you can collect up to 4 Avios per £1 spent. Alternatively, spruce up the garden ready for summer with outdoor furniture from Dunelm, also collecting 4 Avios for every £1 you spend. Or shop for plants, trees, flowers, and shrubs at, where up to 10 Avios can be collected for every £1 spent.

Step one: improve your home, improve your Avios

Step two: crunch the (Avios) numbers with a new card

The British Airways American Express® Credit Card will prop up your Avios in three ways. First, new Cardmembers receive a generous welcome bonus worth 5,000 Avios when they spend £1,000 in the first three months of Cardmembership.4 Second, all customers can collect 1 Avios for every £1 spent on the Card, whether that’s on big purchases or simply on your everyday commute.5 Third, when you spend £12,000 each membership year, you’ll receive a Companion Voucher to redeem on a Reward Flight in Economy only.6 Travel with a loved one on the same flight and cabin for no additional Avios, or solo travellers can use the Companion Voucher to book a Reward Flight with a 50% discount on the Avios price. (From 1 November, you will need to spend £15,000 within each anniversary year to earn a Companion Voucher. T&Cs apply.)

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New Cardmembers only. No annual fee. 18+ UK residents, subject to status. Terms apply.

Step two: crunch the (Avios) numbers with a new card

Step three: check in – and collect

Watch your Avios balance grow when you stay at any one of the hot properties available to book via Avios Hotels. With more than 320,000 vetted hotels to choose from, Avios Hotels could see you living the life of luxury at The Peninsula Paris, taking a dip in the rooftop pool at W Amsterdam, chasing the northern lights from 101 Hotel, Reykjavik and gallery-trawling in Florence from central bolt-hole Plaza Hotel Lucchesi. And on top of a perfect stay, you can collect a mighty 15 Avios for every £1 you spend at Avios Hotels until the end of June.

Step three: check in – and collect

Step four: take out a subscription

Subscriptions aren’t just for TV streaming services and meal prep boxes. You can now subscribe to Avios, too, collecting anywhere between 2,000 and 200,000 Avios per calendar year thanks to a choice of four packages – Voyager, Traveller, Explorer and Adventurer – that can be costed on a monthly or annual basis from as little as £26 to £199 a month.8 The best-value package means you could collect 16,667 Avios every month or 200,000 Avios annually – more than enough Avios for that trip to Universal.

Step four: take out a subscription

Step five: toast your new Avios balance with The Wine Flyer

One for the oenophiles, The Wine Flyer is the only wine retailer that lets you spend or collect Avios on every purchase (wines, beers or spirits).9 Simply log in to the British Airways Executive Club via The Wine Flyer and collect 5 Avios per £1 spent. To whet your appetite for that forthcoming trip to the US of A, The Wine Flyer has some truly excellent American wines, including elegant Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa right through to refreshing Pinot Noirs from the valleys of Oregon and complex Merlots from the abundant state of Washington. Treat yourself to the stunning Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay 2021 and collect up to 270 Avios for the pleasure.

Step five: Toast your new Avios balance with The Wine Flyer

Collect Avios and make more dream holidays possible

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Terms & Conditions

Reward Flight Saver
1. The price show is based on an off-peak return Reward Flight Saver to Orlando for one passenger seated in our World Traveller cabin. Reward Flight Savers are British Airways’ best value reward flights. Reward Flight Saver offers customers great value flights with a low, flat fee to cover taxes, fees and carrier charges and a fixed Avios amount. To be eligible for Reward Flight Saver, you need to have collected at least one Avios in the past 12 months. To find out more about Reward Flight Saver,  go here. Reward flights are subject to availability.

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British Airways American Express® Credit Card
4. 5,000 bonus Avios will be awarded onto your Account once you have been approved and you have spent a minimum of £1,000 on eligible goods and services to the Account within three months of Account opening. Subject to terms. 18+ UK residents only, subject to approval, new Cardmembers only. Terms apply.
5. You will be awarded 1 Avios for every £1 spent and charged per transaction. Avios are not earned on Balance Transfers, Cash Withdrawals, American Express Travellers Cheques purchases, Foreign Exchange, interest, any spending in excess of your credit limit, charges for returned payments, late payment or referral charges and American Express Credit Card finance charges. Written details available on request.
6. Get a Companion Voucher when you spend £12,000 on the British Airways American Express Credit Card. A Companion Voucher can be used to either take a companion with you in the same flight and cabin for no additional Avios or, if travelling solo, a 50% discount on the Avios price you pay for your flight. Terms and conditions apply to Avios redemptions. Reward Flights and Companion Voucher bookings are subject to availability and taxes, fees and carrier charges apply per person. Companion Vouchers can only be used when redeeming Avios for a British Airways, Iberia, or Aer Lingus Reward Flight seat in economy only. Companion Vouchers earned from 1 September 2021 can be used on bookings departing from outside of the UK as well as allowing the Companion Voucher holder to benefit from a 50% reduction in Avios when making a Reward flight booking with their Companion Voucher as a solo traveller. Only vouchers earned after 1 September 2021 can be used on Iberia and Aer Lingus. For full Companion Voucher Terms and Conditions visit: or by calling 0844 493 0750 (calls cost 7ppm plus your telephone company access charge).
Please note: From 1 November 2024, the required spend to qualify for a Companion Voucher will increase from £12,000 to £15,000 within a membership year for British Airways American Express Credit Card. This change will be relevant to the Amex Cardmembership year applicable on 1 November 2024 and thereafter.

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The Wine Flyer
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