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New Avios redemption opportunity – Thomas Cook Sport

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A new partner has popped up on the avios.com website – Thomas Cook Sport.

Thomas Cook Sport is described as Europe’s leading sport travel company.  They are, for instance, the official travel partner for nine Premier League football clubs, and can also supply travel packages for most major sporting events.

What they do NOT offer, in the main, is just tickets.  However, you are not necessarily losing out here since these are mainly fixtures and events where it would be difficult to buy a standalone ticket.  Tickets to UK Premier League matches, for example, seem to come bundled with a local hotel.

You can see the sort of events they cover by looking at their official website here.

A Head for Points reader who enquired about packages with Avios was told that you get 0.5p of value per Avios redeemed.  This means, as with a lot of the avios.com non-flight offers, that it offers far lower value for money than a flight redemption.  However, as with all these offers, if you are Avios-rich with more than you can use at present, this is as good a way as any of using them.

(Here is my recent article, in case you missed it, on another new offer – redeeming Avios for wine and champagne.)

You need to redeem via avios.com to order from Thomas Cook Sport.  If your Avios currently sit in British Airways Executive Club, you can move them across instantly and for free via ‘Combine My Avios’ under ‘My Account’ when logged in.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 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 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 (2)

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  • Rda says:

    If anyone is interested as a pricing example the champions league game between man city and barcelona was 94,000 avios for 2 people, with seating in east stand level 3 (face value cost £60 each) and a twin night stay with breakfast at the park jnn raddison Manchester city centre. (Face value £150)

    There were cheaper options starting at 80000 avios but I didn’t want to stay at the airport which would have meant a trek back after the game.

    I then sold my other ticket / hotel space to my friend for £135….

    It was a useful deal for me as the game is unlikely to go on general sale and I had a huge stash of avios which I won’t be using for flights.

    I also booked a pair of tickets for the premier league darts in Sheffield for the wife and her friend plus a stay in Sheffield for 32000 avios.

    • Rob says:

      You can’t really compare with the face value of the tickets since, as you say, they won’t be on general sale. Wimbledon Mens Final tickets go for £5,000 per pair but still have a £90 face value on them!

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