News in brief:
Exclusive Avios hotel redemption deals
I have agreed with Avios that they will tip me off about their most aggressive hotel redemption deals. You can book these hotels via avios.com using your points, but you can also pay in cash if necessary.
These are exclusive Avios deals and are priced at 40% – 70% less than you would pay on Expedia for the same hotel. I was sent the comparison data but I won’t bore you with it.
If you are heading to any of the following places, it is worth pricing up these hotels on avios.com this weekend:
Hotel Mundial, Lisbon (4-star)
Nira Caledonia, Edinburgh (5-star)
Casa Nicolo Priuli, Venice (3-star)
1 Hotel South Beach, Miami (5-star)
The Crane, Barbados (5-star)
50% bonus Flying Club miles with Virgin West Coast trains
Until 3rd March, Virgin West Coast is giving a 50% bonus on Flying Club miles. You will earn 3 miles per £1, instead of the usual 2.
This applies only to Advance tickets, but both East Coast and West Coast are included. You only need to book by this date, not travel. The West Coast home page is here.
British Airways relaunches Tehran service
Finally, British Airways will resume flights to Tehran on 14th July.
It will begin as a six day a week service, increasing to a seven day service from the start of the Winter timetable. It will use a four-class Boeing 777.
The problem with Iran, of course, is that you are no longer allowed to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme if you have visited the country. This is likely to prove a stumbling block for many potential travellers. I am assuming that BA cabin crew travel on business visas which, I think, exempt you from the US block.
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.)