Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Quick credit cards update

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Two quick things of note.

The current (pretty rubbish) offer for the Lloyds TSB Duo Avios cards expired on the 18th.  It has been replaced with … exactly the same offer!  It now runs until 3rd April next year, which means we won’t be seeing anything truly exciting on these cards for at least another six months.

As a reminder, the free card offers a voucher for 18,000 Avios but forces you to book a one-night hotel stay at the same time.  The paid card offers a 30,000 Avios voucher which must be redeemed with a paid 2-night hotel stay.

To be fair, if you have no pile of hotel points waiting to be redeemed and weren’t planning to stay with friends or family for free, this deal could work out OK.  30,000 Avios, used on Reward Flight Savers inside Europe, should get you around £300 of value which easily offsets the £50 card fee.  Both offers require you to spend £500 per month for the first three months.

Secondly, I have found a new link for the 40,000 Priority Club points sign-up offer on the Priority Club Black Visa.  This one doesn’t expire until 13th November, which is two weeks later than the old link.  £99 fee applies but you also now get Priority Club Platinum status as well.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

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.

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

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

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

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

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

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

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (5)

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  • Dominic says:

    Do you know if those Avios vouchers could be used alongside a 2-4-1 voucher from BAPP?

  • Roger says:

    The American Airlines AAdvantage 20,000 bonus miles offer for AmEx and Visa cards from MBNA is back – or not, as the case may be.

    AA’s latest ‘personalized AAirmail’ e-mail refers to the 20,000 bonus offer.

    “Earn Up To 20,000 AAdvantage(R) Bonus Miles.
    Two Cards. One Account.
    Get The Card That Takes Your Miles Further.”

    Clicking on the link produces details of the 5,000 bonus offer.


    • Raffles says:

      Interesting. AA site and my usual MBNA link still say 5k! Perhaps it launches Monday.

      • Gus says:

        Nope, it is still 5k today, even when clicked through from the banner on my AAirmail which clearly says ‘earn up to 20k bonus miles’. Not sure where the 20k option is hidden.

        A little misleading though…

  • Raffles says:

    Thanks, yes I saw this – watch out for a post tomorrow!

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