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Non-flight deals to be had in the January sale

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here. (not British Airways Executive Club) has launched its January sale.  In order to take part, you would need to use the ‘Combine My Avios’ function on or to move your points across to

Oddly, there are no flight offers available.

Don’t dismiss the sale entirely, however, because there are some genuine deals to be had.

The home page for the sale is here.

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Hotels is offering discounts on 100 hotels in key destinations.  This is for travel between March and May 2016, for rooms booked before 24th January.

The cities included are Dubai, Boston, Marrakech, Istanbul, Algarve, Madrid, Rome, Vienna, Copenhagen, Nice, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Here is the interesting bit.  Avios has reduced both the ‘pay with Avios’ price and the cash price.  This means that, even if you have a very small Avios balance, you can still get a good deal here.

One problem is that it is not clear which hotels are reduced.  When you dig around, though, there are some deals.  Let’s take Hilton Dubai The Walk from 16th to 23rd April – a photo of a typical apartment is below. wants Dh 7,501 for the entry level room including all taxes (£1,387).  The price is just £616 or 108,000 Avios or some combination of those.

This is a substantial saving.  Before anyone thinks of it – you cannot claim a Hilton ‘best rate guarantee’ against this because is treated as a ‘membership site’.

Hilton Dubai The Walk

Package and cruise holiday discounts has sharply increased the discount you will receive if you redeem your points for a package holiday.  You must book by 24th January for travel at any point in the next year.

The deal is valid with any tour operator that Avios can book, which is most of them.  Simply find the holiday you want in a tour operator brochure and call Avios to book.  You will pay the brochure price.

The discounts are:

Redeem 5,000 Avios and save £100

Redeen 10,000 Avios and save £200

Redeem 15,000 Avios and save £300

The minimum spend required to claim a discount is just £750.  Redeeming 15,000 Avios at a hugely generous 2p per point to save £300 is an impressive deal.

More details can be found here.

The small print online says that “Further discounts can be applied at a rate of £50 per 10,000 Avios”.  However, the document I was sent says clearly that the cap is a £300 discount for 15,000 Avios.  I get a feeling that you can increase the discount beyond £300 but you will only get 0.5p per point if you do.

Car hire

Avis car rentals are reduced by up to 25% depending on destination as long as you pay with Avios points.  You need to book by 4th February for pick up dates before 16th March.

More details on the Avis discount can be found here.

There are also some “earn extra Avios” deals as part of this sale which I will cover later in the week.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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 (70)

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  • 3CT says:

    A question I’m sure has been answered before – apologies.

    Will hotels booked using avios in the sale honour status, in particular Accor?

  • Jason says:

    Can anyone help with the best way to solve mismatching account details. I have made a mistake somewhere but I can’t find it!

  • carpentr says:

    I do a lot of survey sites, and have been very disappointed with Rewards for Points. While it sounds great the reality for me is that many emailed surveys change before your eyes into less lucrative offers – it doesn’t ‘play fair’ in the way that other sites do.

    • Mark says:

      Agreed – I gave up with them after many time doing half a survey, then being told I didn’t qualify for the full survey (or rewards).

      • harry says:

        I just got the successful 600 points message after my first real survey, 10 mins input.

        • Andrew H says:

          I have earned 9000 avios from Rewards for Thoughts this year. One advantage that RfT has over E-Rewards is that you get the avios deposited into within 24 hours.

          You will get offers of 25 avio surveys and 50 avio surveys. The 25 avio surveys are obviously shorter, and usually take 5 mins approx. The 50 avio surveys can take anywhere from 10 mins to 20, and occasionally 25-30 mins.

          You need to be patient. The surveys should filter you out within 2 mins max but most of them are a lot quicker.The avios are deposited into your account on weekday mornings at 9am, although on Friday it can be mid morning. They don’t do it at weekends but you will still get surveys.

          I try to aim for two 50 avio surveys a day and I’m usually successful. On a couple of occasions I have done six or seven a day!

          Definitely worth it for someone like me who doesn’t earn the huge bonuses you lot get on credit cards 🙂

    • harry says:

      Looks like I already signed up for but you can sign up again with BAEC details

      • harry says:

        Coincidentally just got this from erewards

        Hi harry,
        Congratulations – you’ve been rewarded!
        Your Reward redemption details are below. Please save this email for future reference.
        Your Reward 250 Le Club Accorhotels Points
        Your Le Club Accorhotels account will be credited within 250 Le Club Accorhotels Points
        within 6 weeks.

        Then I guess they autoconvert to IB

  • Gavin says:

    Tried to signup but after being ruled inelegible for the first 10 surveys I tried I gave up.

    • harry says:

      Worth another go as they start you off with a 4 minute survey to earn the 600 points, it’s really just a profile

      • Gavin says:

        Now you mention it I think I got this point for the profile then zilch in ongoing points earn

  • harry says:

    However, you ARE allowed to keep the points if you cancel after 30 days. Lowest cover, monthly direct debit springs to mind.

    My wife & I are already on 30K points so it would have to be next quarter in any case.

    • harry says:

      1yo indoor healthy tabby worth nothing still costs nearly £17/ month, if you can get a pet quote below £10/ month I guess I would be in 🙂 [has to be at least ‘extra’]

      might play with the parameters later

      • harry says:

        Bingo – worked out how to get Extra cover for £8/ month

        Try young 2YO male dog, small non-pedigree cross, neutered & no trouble, living with middle-aged married couple somewhere quiet eg Welsh countryside 🙂

        4000 Tesco points = 9600 Avios

        • jason says:

          ii couldn’t see where to out your club card number

        • Jason says:

          Got to love the effort you make 🙂
          We have 2 year old cats if you wouldn’t mind getting them cover Ben and Holly 🙂

          • harry says:

            ben & holly = 2x 9600 points in my books, just use mum’s address as well 🙂

        • harry says:

          yes – there was a space to put in poppet & clubcard number – which they said would give a keener/ best price – I didn’t put in my clubcard number for obvious reasons in the quote so maybe could achieve better than £8/ month

        • harry says:

          Looks like if you up the excess to the highest amount, it will reduce the premium by a bit

          • Lawro says:

            Harry, did you see anything regarding when the points are added on this one? Is it quarterly instalments?

        • Anon says:

          Do they cover hamsters?

  • rams1981 says:

    has everyone received their avios from the Iberia Groupon deal? My first 2,000 have hit but the rest have not

    • Mark says:

      NO, none – and I am not even sure if they have posted, as their website redemption form sometimes says they are still available, and at others says the codes have been used already.
      The Groupon help page talks of technical problems…
      I have emailed them, and IF (!) I get any sense out of them I’ll post on the original HFP thread.

    • Maciek says:

      I’ve redeemed my vouchers on the 23rd and have not received any avios yet 🙁

    • harry says:

      Get worried – very worried. You possibly did not validate them correctly.

      Can you go back to Groupon and re-validate them?

      I think there’s an expiry date coming up for claiming the Avios from Groupon.

      Don’t get caught out.

      • Rob says:

        I wouldn’t say ‘very worried’ as you can refund it via Groupon anyway (not sure what the cut-off is – 14 days? 21 days?)

        • Andrew H says:

          While I got my 2000, I haven’t received the 304 Iberia Plus store bonus, nor have I received the 300 from AmazonBuyVIP/Showroompriv.

          While it’s nice to get this offers, I really wish Iberia Plus would make some improvements to the speed they process these bonuses!

  • mark2 says:

    This is fine just to get the points but be careful for real insurance. With Petplan the vet handles the claim for you, whereas with other insurers you have to pay and then try to claim the money back from the insurer.

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