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News in brief:

British Airways adds extra Las Vegas flights

British Airways is adding three extra flights per week to its Las Vegas schedule from the start of the Winter timetable in late September.

The flights will depart Heathrow using a Boeing 747 on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 11.50am.

As this is a new service, you should find good Avios availability even if the existing seven flights per week were already out of redemption seats.

At the same time, two weekly flights to Houston are being cancelled.   The afternoon service on Tuesday and Wednesday has been chopped, although that still leaves 12 Houston flights per week.  These were Boeing 787 services so it will be interesting to see where the aircraft reappears.

Venetian Las Vegas

British Airways launches new credit card – in Kuwait

The European credit card market may have become unprofitable following the cap on interchange fees, but that hasn’t stopped British Airways looking for new partners elsewhere.

On 8th May, three co-brand BA credit cards will be launched in Kuwait.  The issuer is Commercial Bank of Kuwait and they will operate as a MasterCard.

There will be a 25,000 Avios sign-up bonus running until 31st July on the World card with smaller bonuses on the Platinum and Prepaid versions.

400 Avios with Iberia wine deal

Finally, Iberia‘s UK wine partner, Vinoseleccion, is offering six bottles of rioja at half price for just £40.  You will also receive 400 Avios with your purchase, dropped into an Iberia Plus account.

HfP readers who have bought from Vinoseleccion in the past have given me good feedback on the wine so it may be worth a look.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

60,000 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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (10)

  • Jay says:

    Hi Raffles,

    do you know until when the promotion for the Rioja wines run to?


  • Jay says:

    A quick googling shows that there are many offers of this wine at same or better prices.

    • Genghis says:

      And after mentioning it on HfP the other day, I did some research on the wine and it has some mixed reviews.

      • harry says:

        The wine is OK but not worth more than c. £6/ bottle – ie Vinoseleccion’s price after Avios.

        Great for activating an IB a/c, no other particular benefits.

  • ana says:

    I have an account with vinoseleccion (I buy the cava from them which is great value) but I was unable to get the points credited to my account. Their customer service told me that was only for customer based in Spain and there is nowhere to put your account number. How have people managed to get their points?

    • harry says:

      The points post fine, though late.

      • ana says:

        Where did you put your account number? I couldn’t find anywhere

        • harry says:

          It’s on page 2 of the order process ie Personal Information.
          ‘Iberia Card IB’
          Plus go through Plustore for more points

  • Simmo says:

    Viva Las Vegas! – i take it these will be from T3 also?

  • Steve says:

    I’ve just looked for redemption in October and they are still showing the same, hardly any resemption seats.
    Either they have quickly gone or they haven’t been loaded.

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