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My National Geographic Traveller piece is now online, for free

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As I wrote last month, the July / August edition of National Geographic Traveller (UK edition, £3.95) has a three page article on frequent flyer miles.  It starts on page 164.

For better or worse, I feature heavily in the article.

The article is now available online, for free.  You can read it here.

National-Geographic-Traveler

Unfortunately, the article is inaccurate in a couple of places as glossy magazines have a very long lead time.  The interview I did with the magazine was done in December 2014.  When I talk about taking an airberlin flight ‘last year’, I mean 2013.   As this was before the Avios devaluation was announced, some of the numbers quoted in the article regarding the miles needed are now out of date.

There is also an element of hyperbole to the piece that is not really my normal style but which I did for impact ….

There are nuggets of information which the general reader who happens to have a few Avios will find useful.  I cover little-known facts (outside of our circle) such as converting American Express points to Avios and that airberlin and Aer Lingus offer long-haul Avios redemptions with minimal tax.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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 (9)

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  • RICO says:

    Disappointing absolutely no points earned for reading the article. I don’t get out of bed for less than a thousand Avios these days. 😉

  • Tim says:

    Hi Rob,

    The article mentions you can earn 6 virgin flying club miles for hotels.com bookings. Is that true? If so how is it done? It is not listed under the hotels section of the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club website… Thanks!

    • Danny says:

      You need to log into your Virgin account and then via the shopping portal (‘shop now’).

    • PJ says:

      Yes, 6 flying club miles per £ spent, plus 10% rebate with their rewards programme, plus pay on Amex to receive membership rewards……

  • Alan says:

    Haha I liked the opening line re ‘do you take Amex’ – sooo true! 🙂

  • Dom says:

    The article mentions at the bottom that business class/Upper long-haul is the same between BA and Virgin. But on a lot of routes, virgin are significantly cheaper. e.g. LHR – SFO is 150000 + £556 on BA, 100000+£528 on Virgin. Virgin don’t seem to have a defined structure between there class prices like BA, so must differ by route?

  • Oliver says:

    Nice one Rob! Great read

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