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New Avios wine deal with Laithwaites

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Wine retailer Laithwaites, the UK’s largest mail-order wine retailer (it runs The Sunday Times Wine Club as well as pretty much every other branded mail-order operation) has been a BAEC partner for many years via The British Airways Wine Club.

It has also offered deals to members since the Air Miles relaunch in 2011.


Via, you are usually offered 1,000 Avios for your first order of a 12-bottle case of wine, with a paltry 250 Avios for subsequent orders. Cases are priced from £80 plus postage.

There is no obligation to make further purchases after your first case, but you need to proactively cancel.

However, at present they are now offering this deal:

A 12-bottle case for as little as £51

FREE delivery

1,000 Avios

A free bottle of prosecco

You are getting tied into something. Every 12 weeks, Laithwaites will contact you with details of a new case. If you do not specifically say that you do not want to receive it, either online or by phone, it will be sent to you and charged to the credit card you used for your initial order.  The small print can be found here.

So, in return for the cash saving on your first case, you are going to have to deal with some admin from Laithwaites going forward. Once you have got your 1,000 Avios banked you can quit the Wine Plan, but this may take a month or so.

Whether you want to go for this depends on how well organised you are. Overall, to be honest, it is a pretty good deal – 12 bottles of wine at a bargain price, 1000 Avios and some prosecco thrown in.  I doubt the wine will be too bad, given that they want to encourage you to buy more.

Remember that this is an offer, not a British Airways promotion, and that you will need to give an account number.

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 10th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (19)

  • matthew says:

    Quality of the wine seems perfectly acceptable for sub £5 per bottle, and dare I say it, some have actually been very good!

  • JK says:

    I just decided to give this a crack too, but it also says the offer is expired, after going through the motions… Can’t be bothered with the hassle of calling them, so will have to give it a miss!

  • Pierre says:

    I’m also getting the ‘offer expired’ page – has anyone had any luck with this deal recently?

  • Roger says:

    Yup, I also got: ‘We’re sorry, the offer you are searching for has expired. Please click below to take browse our current offers’ (Their English, not mine. :()

    No, I won’t click on. What was bad was that I selected a case (Shiraz and friends as it happens) BEFORE completing the delivery and payment details, only getting the ‘expired’ message at the end. So has the offer really expired early, or are they just out of stock of this case.

    Huh! Waste of time. I won’t bother again.

  • Patrick says:

    I got the same “We’re sorry, the offer you are searching for has expired” after I did all the form filling and got through to the end. I then called the number, and ordered on the phone… the chap said that the offer has not expired, and he’d get the IT guys to fix the glitch. He confirmed I’d get the 1000 avios (he asked for my avios number).
    Incidentally, Laithwaites does have some decent wines. The Black Stump Shiraz is, for example, pretty good, and it is in the Aussie mixed case for this offer.

    • squills says:

      I’d advise you check on this from time to time – Laithwaites’ systems for awarding Avios are rubbish but if you send a reminder email when the points don’t come though you should get them in the end.

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