British Airways and Heathrow Express have joined up to offer a FREE upgrade to First Class if you book a Heathrow Express ticket before August 31st. You can travel at any time until the end of November.
This offer is ONLY available if you book via the dedicated Heathrow Express / British Airways website. The good news is that you will also receive a handful of Avios points with your purchase.
The discount only shows if you click through from ba.com (Heathrow Express does this quite often these days with special offers). You need to visit this page on ba.com and then click the link to go to the Heathrow Express site.
The (minor) downside is that the upgrade is not genuinely free. You can currently save 12% on a Heathrow Express ticket by using the special Mastercard offer I outlined here.
This means that the upgrade is costing you the 12% differential in ticket price between the BA site and the Mastercard site, albeit this is offset by the 100 Avios earned.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
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:
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.)