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Bits: 60 free Avios via Clubcard, BA increases bag charges, BA launches Valencia

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Three BA-related bits of news in brief:

60 free Avios for everyone via Tesco Clubcard

Tesco has launched a new online game in association with Kit-Kat.  You can find it here.

Whilst I wouldn’t normally waste time with such things, you will receive 25 Clubcard points the first time you play it.  This is worth 60 Avios or 62 Virgin Flying Club miles and potentially worth a few seconds of your time.  If you take it seriously there are various techy prize to be won as well.

Tesco Clubcard

British Airways increased extra bag charges

With immediate effect, British Airways has announced a substantial increase in baggage fees.

On short-haul and domestic flights from Heathrow or City, any baggage in excess of your allowance will cost you £60 per suitcase when booked in advance.  This is up 50% from the current £40.

On ‘hand baggage only’ fares, your first checked bag will cost from £20-£40 depending on route if paid in advance.  All excess baggage fees paid at the airport on all short-haul routes will be £65 per case.

Prices from Gatwick have not changed and are substantially lower than the Heathrow or City costs listed above.

On long-haul, the cost of a second case in World Traveller will rise £5, from £55 to £60, when booked in advance.  3+ cases will cost £120 each.  If paid at the airport, the cost is a stunning £65 /  £140 respectively.

These charges are one-way so you need to double them for a return journey.

If you live outside the UK, other excess baggage fares have also been increased when priced in € or $ to take account of recent currency fluctuations.

Full details of BA’s new excess baggage pricing can be found here.

New British Airways route to Valencia

Finally, British Airways announced a new route to Valencia from London Gatwick on Tuesday.

This will be a year-round service, starting at four flights per week from November 6th and increasing to six flights per week from next Summer.   If you’ve exhausted ‘the usual suspects’ of Spanish weekend break destinations then Valencia is well worth a look.

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

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

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 (9)

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  • Frenske says:

    There are also some new free Avios to be gained using Avios Suitcase on Facebook.

  • Sally says:

    The kitkat game says it is valid until 27th July?

  • Mark C says:

    We’re going to be in Valencia for one afternoon / evening at the end of August as we’re doing La Tomatina in Bunol the following morning – anyone have any recommendations for a must-see whilst we’re there (we’re travelling with a teenager so nothing too ‘boring’ like art galleries etc)?

    • James67 says:

      Don’t plan anything special. It is a super city, just relax and walk around and enjoy the blend of traditional and ultramodern architecture, browse the shops, cafes and fi d a good aella restaurant frequented by the locals.

  • Adam W says:

    “If paid at the airport, the cost is a stunning £65 / £140 respectively.”

    ‘Stunning’ without any comparison beyond the previous rate, perhaps. But let’s be honest, BA are still FAR below the market rate. I really am not a BA fan but their baggage allowance (for Business and First) is unrivalled.

    I think that quote (for an EXTRA BAG of up to 23kg) clearly shows exactly how spoilt we are with BA with regards to baggage. Cathay charge US$60 (i.e. £40) PER KILO, Qantas charge AU$122-280 (i.e. £60-140) PER 5 KILO. So an extra 23kg bag on BA will now cost £140 against £920 on Cathay or £300-700 on Qantas.

    Even at £140 per bag, I think BA’s charges are an exceptional bargain and certainly far from the negative ‘stunning’ claim made here.

  • callum says:

    What dates are you looking at? I can see HBO fares slightly less than the others but certainly not business.

  • David says:

    The Clubcard/Avios/Flybe offer is now live. You need to transfer at least £2.50 of vouchers to avios (or have transferred in the last 12 months, from how I read the T&Cs) for 3000 avios off a Flybe flight (return, direct). Phone booking only, for travel until end of the year. No RFS though, as previously mentioned. May work OK, especially if taking a bag, if I recall the previous article correctly – will we see full analysis tomorrow? Also saves the hassle of getting to London for those in the regions, with the loss of the inclusive connecting flights.

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