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News in brief:

The Facebook ‘Avios Suitcase’ game is over

For the last couple of year, it has been possible to pick up the odd hundred Avios here and there in by using the Avios Suitcase app on Facebook.

You didn’t even need to do anything to get the points – just click on various links.  Some tasks insisted that you post various things to social media.

There haven’t been any new ‘suitcases’ added for a while.  The Avios Twitter team has now confirmed that the game is over.

The app still exists on Facebook (with ‘900+ monthly users’).  I’ve no idea what happens if you go into it now for the first time – you may or may not still be able to earn the points.

Finnair A350

Good Finnair deals to Asia

Finnair has launched a new batch of sale fares from the UK to Asia.  There are a few reasons why you should find this interesting:

You can fly from Manchester and now Edinburgh as well as London

You can earn BA tier points and Avios when flying Finnair

Depending on route, you may get the impressive new Finnair A350 business class seat I reviewed here (the A350 has a special website here)

The following prices are available for bookings made by 15th March.  Travel dates vary but the end date will be between mid June and late July.  You must stay away for a Saturday night.

Beijing £1,325

Chongqing £1,235

Delhi £1,269

Guangzhou £1,345

Seoul £1,360

Singapore £1,545

Xi’an £1,209

Finnair also flies to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Nagoyo, Osaka, Shanghai and Tokyo but these are more expensive at between £1,500 and £2,000 return.

Full details and flight rules for these offers can be found here.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 Visa card

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 (35)

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  • Matt says:

    As a relative newbie, can I ask a couple of questions:

    1 – These are listed as 200% of Finnair Plus Points. Will that 200% feed through to the BA Exec Club if that is how I were to take it?
    2 – The flight I was looking at was Manchester -> Beijing, which involves one night plus day stopover and one overnight. Would a hotel and sauna be supplied?


  • David says:

    Flew on an AY A350 to BKK. My seat had a few technical issues, the trim under the IFE was hanging off and they completely forgot about me when it came to the meal service. All they had left was a very small apertiser and cheese plate. Not impressed.

    The IFE wasn’t all that exciting either.

    Also, the window in the left hand toilet had a very lose surround (for want of a better description). For a new plane it was looking a bit worn.

    Here’s hoping the return flight next week is better. A lot better!

    Although, the thunderstorms over Bangladesh were an awesome sight.

  • Stuart F says:

    OT: The Supercard pilot will formally come to a close at 00:01 on Tuesday 7th June 2016, and your current card will stop working on that date. But, fear not, you’ll be the first to know about how you can get your hands on a free new Supercard and we’ll be in touch again nearer the time with full details.

    Interesting that current card holders will need to get a new card to continue to use it. Not sure why that should be the case.

    • RIccati says:

      Went on here to comment on this too.

      It looks that by the Summer they will be out of the loop.

      Already holding Revolut Mastercard in my hands (and EUR, USD spending is fee-free if you convert beforehand, this actually allows you to control the rate).

      Kind people at the Curve arrange for it to be shipped abroad to where I travel! So in a month time or so, will have Curve Mastercard allowing charges to AMEX.

      Seems that Travelex Supercard pose themselves to be used for withdrawals abroad, the loss leader segment.

  • Sarah Murray says:

    OT! Will a Hilton Diamond get status recognition when staying as a companion to a Staff Member on a staff rate?

    • Idrive says:

      Said like that i would say no, but if your friend is smart enough you will get lots of benefits, also depending on the hotel availability. I had no issues being very welcomed in the past…

      • Sarah Murray says:

        Thanks.. The rate is so deeply discounted that I won’t be expecting anything but it would be nice if they offer something.

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