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Good Avios deal with The Gourmet Society for just £4.49

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Tucked away in the latest issue of BA’s The Club magazine is an interesting offer from ‘dining discount’ group The Gourmet Society.

Despite the posh name, The Gourmet Society is effectively a plastic card which gives you discounts at a huge number of restaurants (6,500) up and down the UK.  I got one a few weeks ago, paid for with some East Coast Rewards points which were due to expire.

What is handy about it is that you can operate it entirely via their smartphone app – you don’t need to carry the card around.  I have only used it once so far but it got me £10 off a meal with the family in Café Rouge.  Prezzo, Strada and Loch Fyne are also involved but there are many independent places as well.

The British Airways offer is attractive:

You pay £4.49 for a three-month trial membership of The Gourmet Society

You receive 250 Avios points

You receive a £40 voucher valid at Naked Wines.  There is no minimum purchase and they recommend you use it to buy a £40 half-case of Customer Favourites.  All you pay is £4.99 towards postage.  There is a limit of one free case of wine per household and the voucher must be used within 30 days.

To take advantage of this deal, you need to visit the British Airways Gate 365 shopping portal – it is not available if you go directly to The Gourmet Society website.  Click through to Gate 365 from the link on this page.

The deadline for signing up is March 11th.

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

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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.

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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 (25)

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  • Adam says:

    You can also get Gourmet Society membership as a Club Lloyds Member. Which will make my Club Lloyds account even better if they bring out a Lounge Offering.

    • Rob says:

      My understanding is that it is half-price access to Servisair, No 1 Traveller and Plaza Premium via an odd Asian consolidator I had never heard of. More as when ….

      • Tim says:

        I hope that you will keep us informed. 241 lounge deals at Manchester with extra legroom on low cost carriers make up for much that BA has taken away.

  • mark2 says:

    Despite what I said, I have bought a temp membership to get the wine.

    Does the voucher come by email?

  • Scott Miller says:

    Cheapest half-case on the Naked Wines site seems to be £65 – where the £40 version?

    • Rob says:

      Dunno! Small print of the deal says that Customer Favourites is £40 …

    • richie says:

      i imagine it comes when you enter your voucher that you will recieve with the card

  • mark2 says:

    I emailed them about the lounge access and here is their reply:

    You can use your Gourmet Society card to enjoy 2 for 1 entry at No 1. Traveller lounges at: Stansted Airport Gates 49 and 16, Heathrow Terminal 3, Gatwick North and South Terminals and Birmingham Airport. Full details of the offer can be found below.

    The 2 for 1 offer refers to the entry price per person for up to three hours access before your flight, and includes complimentary food, drink and use of the lounge facilities. This offer is subject to availability and members are not able to book in advance to receive the Gourmet Society discount at No.1 Stansted. The discount will be given upon entry to the lounge. Please note the lounge has a smart/casual dress code.

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