Back in November, avios.com trialled a new product – 50% off a last-minute break.
How last minute? For the following weekend.
The trial apparently went well and Avios will be running this offer more frequently.
You can fly in either direction next Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
You can only book tickets in economy and the taxes and charges are not reduced.
Here are the routes involved:
Heathrow – Edinburgh
Heathrow – Brussels
Heathrow – Frankfurt
Heathrow – Oslo
Heathrow – New York
Heathrow – Boston
Birmingham – Amsterdam (on Flybe)
Whilst the website does not mention this, you can mix and match promotional and non-promotional dates. Imagine that you are happy to fly to Edinburgh next Saturday but prefer to return on Tuesday instead of Monday. In that case, you would pay 2,000 Avios (half-price) for Saturday but the full 4,000 Avios for Tuesday.
Since cash tickets increase in price the nearer you get to the day of departure, these deals could represent good value – although that assumes you would normally book a flight to New York for cash at 5 days notice.
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)