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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 from UK credit cards (September 2023)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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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