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The Points Guy has discovered Avios Reward Saver flights and loves them.  And I agree – see this post.

View from the Wing reports on a potential US lawsuit against BA due to the high level of taxes and surcharges on Avios redemptions ….. 

Whilst it is easy to shout ‘mad Americans!’, it is difficult to argue that something shoudn’t be done.  At the most fundamental level, BA issues a new timetable and files new base fares with IATA twice a year …. so surely a fuel surcharge should only cover any sharp jump in oil prices over the last few months?

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Ghetto IFE has details of the new seat layout (and indeed brand new style Club World seat) that BA will be putting on BMI’s A321’s, initially to Tel Aviv and Cairo.

And Miles from Blighty repeats the rumour that BA will lose security pre-clearance at Shannon for one of its London City to New York flights.  (These flights stop at Shannon to refuel, since an A318 cannot take off from London City will full fuel tanks due to weight, which gives passengers the chance to clear security at Shannon as US immigration has an outpost there, for weird historical reasons.) 

Losing this would take away one of the benefits of the LCY flights, since you currently enter the US as a domestic passenger and avoid what can be a huge wait at passport control.

Finally … I have just applied to Turkish Airlines to see if they will match my BA Gold card, which would give me another 2 years of Star Alliance Gold after my Miles & More Gold expires in Feb 2013.  I will report back!

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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