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Get 25% off CrossCountry trains next week

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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. 


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (51)

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  • Brian says:

    ‘purchased through our Train Tickets app’ – you have a train tickets app?? :))

  • James says:

    Did the survey, I know how hard it is to collect enough data when doing this sort of thing! Good luck!

  • Dale says:

    Adam, please share your survey results! Good luck with dissertation! (Fellow Loughborough TMP graduate)

  • Anon says:

    Done the survey, hope we get a results update. 🙂

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    Has anyone had their Tesco Pet Insurance docs through the post yet? I hear that it has been processed as a credit agreement. Thankfully I have a pet so not the end of the world but it was/is overpriced so I had planned on cancelling after the bonus. It appears that may now be more difficult than I envisaged.

    • 3CT says:

      Yes certainly looks like a credit agreement albeit with 0% interest.

    • harry says:

      Good news – the FAQ make it very clear you can cancel at any time. Maybe worth a screenshot?

      In this case, cancellation would be advised via a formal method (EMAIL? PHONE) as opposed to simple cancellation of direct debit.

      • Andrew H says:

        I’m not too clear why everyone is rushing to cancel this deal. It’s still 4k points!

        • harry says:

          I think most people just needed reassurance they can cancel at any time after getting the 4000 points, without incurring any penalty.

          This does appear to be the case.

          • Andrew H says:

            I’m scheduled to make my first paymen on 21st Jan. hoping the 4k points will be added before 28th Jan which is the next Tesco conversion date.

          • Rob says:

            I very much doubt that is the case. You should not be committed to a full year, it makes no sense because of the other terms of the policy.

            If anyone who has applied wanted to give Tesco Bank a quick call it should clarify matters. There are plenty of good excuses eg want a car loan soon so don’t want another loan application on my credit file.

          • Mark says:

            Anyone heard anymore on this pet insurance and if you can cancel at anytime?

  • Frankie says:

    Will defo help out Adam. I didn’t know such a degree existed. It sounds exciting, and I’m in that ‘new year, mid live crisis, career change’ thinking mode

  • Oliver says:

    Filled in the survey 😀

  • Daniel says:

    Did the survey… Good luck

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