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Quidco increased from £5 to £20 for the Lloyds TSB Avios cards

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The Quidco cashback on the Lloyds TSB Duo Avios cards and the Lloyds TSB Premier Duo Avios cards has been increased from £5 to £20.

The cards come as a duo pack of an American Express and a MasterCard.

The ‘Duo’ cards are free and earn 1 Avios per £1 on the Amex and 0.2 Avios per £1 (!) on the MasterCard.

The ‘Premier Duo’ come with a £50 fee but pay only marginally better – 1.25 Avios per £1 on the Amex and 0.25 Avios per £1 on the MasterCard.

Neither of these are desperately exciting compared to the British Airways American Express cards.  The only exception is for foreign spend, where you earn double Avios – 2.5 per £1 on the Premier Duo Amex.

The £50 card also comes with a 2-4-1 redemption voucher when you spend £15,000 in a year, but this is only valid on Economy tickets.  This rapidly decreases its value – Economy redemptions are poor value long-haul because of the taxes, and short-haul Economy redemptions aren’t very expensive in the first place.

I am not the greatest fan of the current sign-up bonus on these cards either, but for some people it will work.

The ‘Duo’ cards come with a voucher for 18,000 Avios.  However, this can only be spent in one go and must include one night hotel accommodation booked via Avios.

The ‘Premier Duo’ cards come with a voucher for 30,000 Avios.  This must be spent in conjunction with two nights of hotel accommodation.

Interestingly, you may have a different opinion of these deals if you are a solo traveller or a couple.  The size of the Avios voucher is fixed but a couple would either need to add extra Avios on top or travel somewhere nearer home to get full value.

Anyway, if you were thinking about getting them, the £20 Quidco may swing it for you.  If you are not a Quidco member, joining via this link pays me a very modest referral commission.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus 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

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.

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 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.

Comments (2)

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  • brucemaiden says:

    Hi Raffles, I’ve been enjoying your blog since I discovered it the other month.

    BA is the main airline I fly with but I always fly economy. I’ve seen you mention you consider an Avios point is worth 0.75p on some posts, you mention economy redemptions are poor value in this post. What do you consider an Avios point is worth if it is used for an economy redemption?

    • Raffles says:

      You need to separate long haul and short economy.

      For long haul, it varies hugely because economy prices move a lot due to seasonality. If you wanted a seat at peak periods somewhere – and (and its a big ‘and’) – you could get an Avios seat, it may actually be a decent deal. Most of the time, though, it’s not. Take Dubai in March (13-20 March). Cash economy is £472 – and this is not a sale price. An Avios ticket is 40,000 Avios plus £326 of taxes. That value your Avios at a paltry 0.375p each. And, of course, your cash ticket would also earn a huge pile of Avios back.

      Short hauls are a lot better due to Reward Flight Saver. Because the taxes are capped at £30, you can usually get 1p per Avios – eg a flight to Germany would be 9,000 Avios return + £30, whilst a cash ticket would be at least £125.

      I will show in a few days that redeeming Avios for hotel rooms gets you 0.6p per point. If you can’t get 0.6p redeeming for an economy flight, then redeem for hotels instead – unless, say, you need the flexibility of a cancellable Avios ticket.

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