The avios.com and ba.com January sales are continuing. Hopefully the upcoming offers will be more exciting than the half-price World Traveller redemptions to the US and Canada we had on Monday.
(This offer is still valid until noon today – 50% off the Avios needed for economy flights to Boston, Chicago, Dubai, Denver, Shanghai, New York, Toronto and Washington. Full details here.)
I now know the ‘small print’ of four of the remaining five offers.
25% off car hire
Noon Wednesday 8 January to noon Friday 10 January
This deal will go live today at noon at avios.com and ba.com. You must book with Avis – paying with Avios points – for any destination. It is valid for bookings up to 30th September. I discuss this further below.
50% off hotel bookings
Noon Friday 10 January to noon Monday 13 January
This offer is actually slightly better than I expected. It is valid for hotels in Vienna, Dubrovnik, Prague, Copenhagen, Berlin, Budapest, Istanbul and Algarve, for bookings up to 30th September. There is a special booking website you need to use, but the selection of properties seems decent.
Here is the key thing. You normally get 0.57p per Avios when using your points for a hotel redemption as I showed here. Via this deal, you will getting 1.14p per Avios. That is a very decent offer.
Reward Flight Saver tickets reduced to £1
Noon Monday 13 January to noon Wednesday 15 January
This deal is not the ‘free for all’ we were hoping to see. It is restricted to the following routes only: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Jersey, Lisbon, Madrid, Rome, Nice.
That said, being able to book a flight to these places for just £1 instead of the usual £35 is certainly a good saving.
You will need to fly between 31 January and 31 May. Economy only.
50% off hotel bookings
Noon Wednesday 15 January to noon Friday 17 January
The same offer as before, but with a different set of cities – London, Venice, Edinburgh, Guernsey, Florence and Milan. There are 103 hotels available across the 6 cities, to give you an idea of the scale.
Again, you can book a stay at any hotel on the special website for stays up to 30th September.
40% off Eurostar
Noon Friday 17 January to noon Monday 20 January
This offer will only run on avios.com. I do not have the ‘small print’ for this one! As ba.com does not offer Eurostar redemptions, their sale will simply finish three days earlier.
Today’s new offer
The offer to be launched today offers 25% off the cost of an Avis car rental when you pay with Avios. This will be live from noon.
You can book for any destination, with the only proviso being that you pick up the car before 30th September 2014.
This may be an OK deal. As car hire prices vary so wildly, it is difficult to make a broad judgement. With just a 25% discount, I doubt that you will be able to get more than 1p per Avios of value compared to a pre-paid cash booking however.
If you are interested, you should price up the car on BOTH ba.com and avios.com. For odd reasons, it has been shown in the past that the sites often throw up different prices for the same set of dates.
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.