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Bits: 10,000 Miles & More miles with The Economist, Expedia and ‘hand baggage only’ fares

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News in brief:

10,000 Miles & More miles with an Economist subscription

Lufthansa has launched its own new Economist promotion, following on from the Avios / Économist version.

This one is interesting because Miles & More miles are hard to earn.  You cannot buy them any more and they are not an Amex transfer partner unless you go via Starwood Preferred Guest.

£155, the UK subscription price, gets you 10,000 Miles & More miles and 52 issues of The Economist – not bad at all.  The offer ends on 24th March although the website shows 31st January.  Order here.

Expedia and BA ticketing

A reader dropped me a line to complain about the way that Expedia is selling British Airways ‘hand baggage only’ tickets.  A little digging found that this does create a high level of complaints to the airline.

If you book a British Airways short haul flight on Expedia, it appears to select the cheapest ‘hand baggage only’ ticket.  This is not made clear to the customer.

When I say ‘not made clear’, I mean that it is not made clear up front, as it is on  If you click ‘estimated fees for baggage’ then you are told that a bag will cost £25.  On the BA website, it is made VERY clear what you are buying – it is even called a ‘hand baggage only’ ticket.

I don’t know if Expedia plays similar games with other airlines who sell ‘reduced feature’ tickets, but it is a reminder to keep an eye on what you are buying.  Given that Expedia adds an additional fee to short-haul tickets compared to the price of buying them on (£3 in an example I did), it isn’t clear why you should bother with them anyway.

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 (41)

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  • Will Denby says:

    Expedia also aren’t clear on which carrier you’ll be on. My patents sold a VA branded fare and only told its jet after payment. They’ve had no joy with a complaint. Awful. I think they’re the only agent to do this. Skyscanner and Kayak are much clearer.

    • Callum says:

      Because they’re technically correct. While the operating carrier is Jet, the flight number is Virgin.

      Certainly something that should be fixed, but is an hour or two on Jet instead of Virgin really worth getting angry about? (On the assumption they don’t code share to London)

  • Shaunas says:

    I dropped Rob a line to make people aware of Expedia , I was on the understanding this was with baggage it was only when I went to book my seats it asked me to pay . In addition they took £421.08 twice in error leaving short of funds . This has been going on a month with Expedia , my bank has given me the two authorisation codes for each transaction . I work for a bank , and I could locate in 30 minutes the error , so I have no reason why they are taking so long . I have found the Director of Customer expectations personal e mail and cc him into the e mails to Expedia and he has not replied to several of my emails .

  • Mikeact says:

    Being a once or twice a year traveller, my neighbour assumed that he was getting the best/lowest ‘deal’ with Expedia, and herein lies the issue. ….some folks just have no idea of how the industry works and assume that by going direct to a mainstream carrier ie BA or others, they are going to be ripped off….the thinking being that Expedia will always offer a better price.

    • harry says:

      Opodo are really sneaky on pricing, you look to be getting a flight much cheaper than BA right up to the payment page when their fees alter the picture.

    • Dev says:

      But they have special prices especially for ex-EU travel which cannot be booked direct with the airline. Take for example the recent Qatar deals ex-Oslo using GotoGate and

  • Shaunas says:

    Thank you Harry , I contacted Stuart Newman Director of Customer expectations he has ignored me ! Lol

  • ankomonkey says:

    Shangri-La Golden Circle have an Economist offer, but may be Asia-Pacific only. 1700 Golden Circle points for the cheapest. Fellow non-staying game players who used free points at restaurants should see the offer in the latest Golden Circle e-mails…

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