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Bits: 25% off CrossCountry trains next week, Tesco bonus points round-up

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News in brief:

25% off CrossCountry train tickets

The CrossCountry rail franchise is running a very decent sale starting on Monday – 25% off all CrossCountry Advance tickets purchased through our Train Tickets app between 18 January and 14 February 2016.

Whilst you need to book via their app, you will need a PIN code to access the deal which can only be obtained via their website!  You need to complete the online form here and you will be sent your PIN on Monday. 

Current Tesco Clubcard bonus point deals you may have missed

The following offers were covered at our sister site Shopper Points over the last couple of weeks and are still active.  

Only a couple of them were exciting enough to be worth covering on here but, if you are interested in the relevant product, they are all worth a look:

On-going – 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios) with your first Tesco Photo order

Ends 31st Januarydouble Clubcard points on Esso Supreme fuels

Ends 24th January – 250 Clubcard points (600 Avios) and £5 off on Google Chromecast

Ends 24th January – 100 Clubcard points (240 Avios) and £20 off a Roku 2 Media Streamer

Ends 20th January – 500 extra Clubcard points (1200 Avios) on Epson printers

Ends 20th January – 500 points (1200 Avios) on Brother printers (and see here – prices have been reduced)

Ends 17th January – 200 Clubcard points (480 Avios) and £10 off a NOW TV box


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 (51)

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  • lammy52 says:

    Has anyone managed to get a PIN code for crosscountrytrains, as I have tried several times witout success, and trying to get any sense from their Customer Relations is difficult to say the least.

  • Adam says:

    Thank you everyone that’s completed my survey so far. Your input has been invaluable!

  • AndyS says:

    Something strange with cross-country. I got my code and booked a ticket with the app. It was worth it for the discount but I won’t do it again, for 2 reasons, firstly it only gives you m-ticket and second you can’t choose seat, not even window or aisle. I was given aisle but I always book window. However the strange thing is I got an email yesterday stating that I had requested replacement tickets so here was a code to use at the station ticket machines. Well I didn’t request anything of the sort but it was welcome, now i can get through the ticket barriers without having to faff about with my phone. But the lack of seat choice is still a deal breaker (and of course the lack of nectar points or anything like you get with firstgroup bookings)

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