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Avios South Africa increases its Reward Flight Saver fee – no arbitrage any longer

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about an interesting arbitrage which let you book Reward Flight Saver redemptions for £26 instead of £35

This involved booking via Avios South Africa, where the sharp fall in the currency this year had left the taxes figure (ZAR 440 for, say, London to Paris in Economy) a lot lower than the UK figure.

Unfortunately, this has now changed.

Avios South Africa has increased their ‘taxes and charges’ charge on Reward Flight Saver redemptions from ZAR 440 to ZAR 550.  At this price, the rate is fundamentally identical (give or take a couple of £) with the UK scheme.

Well done to anyone who managed to book something before the price was pushed up.  I am a little surprised by this move, to be honest, because it won’t go down well locally – the scheme has only been running for a few months and they have just pushed up some taxes by 25%!

I will keep my eye on Avios South Africa for other possible earning opportunities ….

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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.

Comments (6)

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  • Volker says:

    “Unfortunately, this has now changed.”

    You might have quite a few blog followers in managerial positions within the hotel and airline industry…

    • Commentator 626 says:

      Pretty sure from previous comments on other subjects that is “might” needs to be read as “does”.

  • Ninmurai says:

    Thankfully you have a nice readership here. Over on other blogging platforms (ahem!) they’d be up in arms and after your head!

    • Rob says:

      But it would be unfair in this instance, as only one person knew about this before I wrote about it and they were not taking advantage of it. No-one has lost out.

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    ‘they have just pushed up some taxes by 25%!’

    No chance they’d do that to the UK scheme 😉

    • Rob says:

      At least they waited more than a couple of months before changing the UK prices! To be fair, the currency movement gave them little choice.

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