Bits: Gatwick Sofitel £69 via lastminute.com, BA Gate 365 bonus Avios deal
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News in brief:
Sofitel Gatwick from £69 via lastminute.com
On Tuesday I wrote about how the Sofitel Heathrow Terminal 5, attached to the terminal, is available as a lastminute.com Top Secret Hotel for under £100.
A reader got in touch to say that the Sofitel at Gatwick, attached to the North Terminal, is also available via this offer.
You need to visit the Top Secrets Hotels page at lastminute.com and search ‘gatwick’ for “Luxury Hotel at Gatwick Airport – North Terminal. Walking distance and directly linked to Gatwick Airports North Terminal by a covered walkway.” The price should be £89 or so.
When you’ve found it, use this code – 6167144261687469 – which was posted at Flyertalk and found on an obscure coupon site – to take a further £20 off. This takes you down to £69.
The Heathrow property is reportedly very good at respecting your Le Club AccorHotels status even though you have booked through a third party. I’m not sure if the same applies at Gatwick.
16 Avios per £1 via Gate 365 at Selfridges
Gate 365, the British Airways online shopping portal, is currently offering 16 Avios per £1 spent at Selfridges until 10th January.
This is interesting because selfridges.com sells a wide range of high end items, especially electricals, which you might have been thinking of buying elsewhere.
I was very annoyed to see that a £600 Ruark music system which I recenty bought in John Lewis (admittedly via Click & Collect to earn some Avios) is in there, for example. That would have been 10,000 easy Avios.
Note that Apple products are excluded from earning Avios.
There are also Gate 365 promotions running with Argos, Banana Republic, Currys, Debenhams, Gap, Harrods, John Lewis, Joules, Laura Ashley, links, lookfantastic, The White Company and Uniqlo.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express 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 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 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.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 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.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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.