Bits: extra BA Las Vegas flights, new BA credit card … in Kuwait, Iberia wine deal
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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.
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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2023)
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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
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: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 10,500 Avios.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.