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Some photos from the ‘Avios 1st Birthday Celebration’ last night

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About 250 of us were gathered at Vinopolis in London last night for the ‘Avios 1st Birthday Celebration’ event!

This was organised by wine merchant Laithwaites, who have a shop in the same complex and, of course, run the Avios and BA wine clubs as well. There were around 50 different wine vendors represented, each of whom had 3-4 different wines to try – the ticket said there was 160 in total.

All of the staff I spoke with worked for the actual winery and were able to talk knowledgeably and passionately about their wines. It was difficult to pick a favourite (and the mind does get a little cloudy after a while!) but I was particularly impressed by:

Spier, S.A.: Wine No 101, Drakenskloof Chenin Blanc 2012, Western Cape WO

Taste Tunnel: Wine No 114, Sunday Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough

Le Chai au Quai: Wine No 31, Chateau Le Coin 2010, Bordeaux AOC

If you ordered any wine on the night, there was a 10% discount and 1,000 Avios for a case of 12 bottles or more. Oh, and there was a very tasty cheese stand as well! 

(Disclaimer: this party was a free event for Avios collectors. However, whilst most people had to apply via a ballot for tickets, I was given mine directly by Avios.)


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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 (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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

10,500 points bonus – 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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