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New Avios partner: Abercrombie & Kent

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Upmarket travel agent Abercrombie & Kent has signed up as the latest Avios earning partner.

For any booking made via the company after 7th September, you will receive 2 Avios for every £1 you spend.  Given that A&K holidays are not cheap, this could add up to a decent slug of points.

Points will be given on all holiday and villa bookings.  Note that the definition of ‘qualifying spend’ for the purposes of calculation your Avios excludes “Air taxes, surcharges, breakage deposits, insurance and credit card charges”.

Interestingly, Abercrombie & Kent is working with all three Avios schemes.  You can choose to have your points sent to either a British Airways Executive Club, or Iberia Plus account.

Points are awarded within 30 days of the departure date for your holiday.

Avios points cannot be earned on bookings made at the A&K concession in Harrods (downstairs, next to the Pharmacy!) but you would earn Harrods Rewards points instead.  The Abu Dhabi and Monaco offices are also excluded.

Further details can be found on the Abercrombie & Kent website here.


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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  • where2travel says:

    Ah so this explains why I’ve recently noticed Avios posters all over the windows of the City branch of A&K. Never having used A&K I don’t know much about them but I did think they were considered upmarket, presumably significantly more so than Avios?

  • Erico1875 says:

    Does “not cheap” mean the same product can be bought elsewhere for less, or do they only sell high value packages?

    • Rob says:

      A&K is best known for its own very high end packages, hence the Harrods concession. They are well known for being the first into new markets – there is probably an Iranian tour being planned at this very moment.

  • Sam says:

    Not cheap means they work predominantly with luxury hotels, and they do good numbers through them so you wouldn’t necessarily be able to buy for less elsewhere or seperately. And of course using BA IT fares as a preferred partner.

    • dgsupersonic says:

      I wonder how they compare with Propeller Travel that Raffles partners with here?

  • Lady London says:

    They are excellent. Heard of a couple of glitsches over the years but basically they were one of my “go-to’s” over decades when booking travel for very high end, quite fussy clients to whom quality and a reliable knowledge of the hotels, tours and locations being booked was essential. You will pay the correct price for the level of offering but they’re worth it.

  • C77 says:

    Presumably the avios would only apply when purchasing directly from A&K and not via a third party such as Amex Centurion or an independent high street agency?

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