Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Get 25% off CrossCountry trains next week

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

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)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Wesley says:

    Survey = done. Happy to help!

  • Liz says:

    Survey completed – my daughter has just started writing her Sport dissection! Good luck Adam!

  • ts77 says:

    I can’t access the survey – is the link down?

  • Mickael says:

    Survey done – Also very interested to know the results, please share with us 🙂
    Good luck Adam!

  • AmandaB says:

    Survey done, hope we see results too ✈️

  • Mike says:

    Just completed the survey, link working fine, maybe a glitch

  • roberto says:

    Chromecast back to £30….

  • james says:

    ott anyone managed to use their Supercard to pay their tax bill?

    • Leo says:

      Thought I might give it a go on my VAT – tax bill has to be paid on one card I understand, so it would depend on the credit limit of the card the supercard is linked to and the size of tax bill. Also waiting to see if anyone else has had a go.

      • james says:

        just tried to pay £5k and failed

        • Jonathan says:

          Non-GBP tax bill?

          Sorry for being naive but does the Supercard open up options for avios point earning you couldn’t get using the underlying card?

          • james says:

            it looks to go through as a debit card so no 1.5% fee, just 50p …i could be wrong

          • Leo says:

            Truoble is, to attempt to pay say £3K and end up being charged 1.4% means losing £40 or so….there’s taking one for the team etc. and then…! How did you see the 50p charge?

    • olireaction says:

      Many attempts, many failiures 🙁
      Supercard say its timing out, as if transaction not confirmed within 3 seconds its get rejected apparently. This does not correlate with my case as the unsuccessful transaction message comes about half a second after clicking confirm – not long enough to be timing out at supercard’s end, even though that is the reason they see for it being declined.
      Upon further investigation, the linked card provider is seeing the transactions – they claim its being declined as its coming through as a cash transaction from supercard.
      I did manage to get one transaction through with my IHG card linked, but no subsequent ones.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.