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British Airways adds Mr & Mrs Smith as an Avios-earning hotel partner

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Mr & Mrs Smith started out as a publisher of boutique holiday guide books. They were certainly nicely presented and well written although (as with most hotel guide books) they never tell you that the hotels had paid a fee to be included.

(They also used to do a surprisingly good range of Smith-branded compilation CD’s, oddly enough! A couple are still available via their website.)

I have heard some good things about their online travel agency, which specialises in independent, boutique, niche or otherwise quirky properties. Rather like a version of American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, you will usually find that you can get a better package via Smith than you would by booking on the hotels own website.

Smith has now teamed up with British Airways to offer their packages via BA Holidays. This is a genuine improvement, because you retain all of the benefits of booking via Smith directly – ie the special perks given to Smith guests and the cashback loyalty scheme they run.

In addition, booking via BA, you will also receive up to 10,000 Avios with every booking.

Full details can be found here at ba.com.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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 unbeatable 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 10,500 Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (1)

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  • vindaloo says:

    Any idea how the “up to 10,000 Avios” bonus works? The page you linked to doesn’t seem to shed any light either.

    I might well book one of these for a four night trip, and am wondering whether to book my wife and myself on two separate holidays with just two nights’ hotel accommodation each. Worth doing if that gives us an extra 10,000 Avios, but otherwise I’d rather be on the same booking so we can get seats together on the plane (and have a chance of both being op-upped).

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