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All six sale offers revealed early

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My earlier article today said that the first sale offer would be revealed at lunchtime.  However, you don’t need to wait, as I have them all for you here!

These are the headlines – I have no idea what the terms and conditions are, whether deals are limited to various routes etc.

50% off Avios required for long-haul flights – noon Mon 6 to noon Wed 8

25% off car hire – noon Wed 8 to noon Fri 10

50% off hotel bookings – noon Fri 10 to noon Mon 13

Reward Flight Saver tickets reduced to £1 – noon Mon 13 to noon Wed 15 (see image above!)

50% off hotel bookings (again, a mistake?) – noon Wed 15 to noon Fri 17

40% off Eurostar – noon Fri 17 to noon Mon 20th

The first offer – 50% off long-haul redemptions – goes live at noon.  I don’t know yet if it will be just for economy flights or for all classes, and if all routes are included.

What this list does tell us is that cannot be offering exactly the same deals as, because they do not allow Eurostar bookings.

Meanwhile, over at ….

The first sale flights have been loaded in the system.

New York, for instance, is coming up at 20,000 Avios in World Traveller.  Unfortunately, all other flight classes are still showing at full price.  Given that taxes are £353, this is still a pretty poor deal unless you are booking for peak season or need the flexibility to cancel which a cash ticket wouldn’t give you.

The full destination list is Boston, Chicago, Dubai, Denver, Shanghai, New York, Toronto, Washington. World Traveller (economy) only for travel by 31 May. It says you must depart from London but its worth trying with a regional connection.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (143)

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  • Will says:

    following with lots of interest in £1 RFS

    • squills says:

      Same here but limited fly-by date would make it completely useless AFAIAC.

      • Janeyferr says:

        Oh gosh, I’m so worked up by the prospect of getting a good deal that I’ve had to take a beta blocker. Was going to book a night in a hotel in April and had a vague notion of returning to Prague at some point this year. Hopefully one of these will work in my favour so I can get a bargain. Oh, I do love a bargain.

      • Louie says:

        I know it’s valid at least until October….

        • squills says:

          I must say I’m not too hopeful of getting our Xmas flights. No point exchanging Tesco points actually.

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  • liam says:

    I’m assuming the answer is no, but I assume this 50% off won’t apply to reward bookings made via Aer Lingus on the Boston to Dublin route, as refrenced in an earlier post raffles…?

    • Brendan says:

      I think its only on BA flights, and only from London. So a big no. Pity for those of us in the Emerald Isle.

      • Rob says:

        Seems to work for UK connections in practice

      • Brendan says:

        I’ve a bad feeling it wont be around for too long with this merger. Hard to collect them too. Wish could convert CC points to AA miles. And unfortunately I’m not eligible for the SPG card based on income

        • Brendan says:

          btw you are also allowed a free stopover each way so you could make a little tour of the US and do something like DUB->JFK->LAS->ORD->DUB for the same price!

    • Rob says:

      No. And, arguably, those are still a better deal (given the £75 tax) than using BA at half price and paying £350 tax.

  • Jamie says:

    will the RFS discounts be extended to CE bookings?

    • olybeast says:

      I hope so. Lining up a trip to Paris

      • Jamie says:

        sounds like a good shout!! I am lining up a trip to PRG from MAN with some friends from uni. we will make a day of it in the T3 lounges! been really pleased with CE lately. However, with this sale doubt there will be a conversion bonus. Could do with those miles to take the gf somewhere nice.

  • squills says: back online

  • squills says:

    And just transferred BMI —> BAEC

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