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 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.