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Get £20 off a £400 British Airways or Virgin ticket with Opodo

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Opodo is currently advertising a £20 discount code for British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flights over £400.

You must book by 31st December using discount code OPODO20.

There are no other BA or Virgin discounts at present for long-hauls from Heathrow, so this is as good as it gets.

Note that BA flights booked through Opodo incur an £3.70 per person, per segment (ie £7.40 per person return) booking fee.  There is no fee for booking Virgin Atlantic flights as far as I can see, so this is a far better deal when booking with them.

There is a credit card fee of 2.5% (so using an Amex will cost more than if booking via – debit cards are free, however).

Don’t forget the two hotels sales currently running as well – 33% off Hilton weekend nights for the whole of 2014 and 30% off Radisson / 50% off Park Inn for weekends until August 2014.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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

10,500 points bonus – 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 (3)

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  • Alan says:

    If you’ve still got access to a UK bank account then I’d have thought you’d have been OK as you could still receive the payment out via BACS.

  • Rob says:

    Yes, you can open an account and have it pay into your UK bank account.

    They do look at IP addresses, though – it is possible you may need to use an IP anonymiser (found online easily enough) to fool them into thinking your initial registration login is from the UK.

  • neuromancer says:

    I hope they check the IP just for registration, as I don’t want to use an anonymiser when I buy something. The one time I used one when paying, I had my PayPal account blocked. (I did not lose any money, but the account is blocked forever).

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