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Bits: Virgin credit cards bonus ends, Avios / LOVEtheatre promo ending

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News in brief:

Last call for the higher bonus on the Virgin credit cards

A very brief reminder that TOMORROW is the last day for the higher 10,000 and 25,000 mile bonuses on the Virgin Atlantic credit cards.  Full details of the deal are here.

Last chance for the Avios / LOVEtheatre promotion

If you are spending the Bank Holiday planning out your social life for the next few weeks, remember that Avios has a new deal with  This allows you to earn 3 Avios points for every £1 you spend via their site.  

Established in 1991, LOVEtheatre is a totally reputable ticket agency with access to seats for a wide range of events.

Until tomorrow, 31st May, you can earn 500 bonus Avios points with your first purchase of £50 or more.

There are three hoops to jump through to get this:

You must book via the link on this page at (or similar pages at and

You must book by 31st May for an event before 31st December

You must spend £50 or more

Apart from that, anything you buy from the site will count.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 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 card

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.

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

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (25)

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  • Boris says:

    Why do you think it is only Thailand?


  • James67 says:

    Just for the benefit of those who may be considering visiting Thailand for the first time but may be put off by idea of squat loos: they are now few and far between, and in the places they still have them they often have at least one western toilet too. In general, Thai public toilets are of a substantially higher standard with better maintenance and cleaning than what we are typically faced with in the west.

  • Worzel says:

    Good morning James, good to know that we have a HFP expert on “Loos in Asia” 🙂 .

    It seems that Mr Attaporn’s Member’s recovery is going well and that he is grateful for the support of Members of his Family.

    It also seems that he intends to ‘swap” his “squat” loo for a sit down one- and I am wondering whether the main safety advantage of this would be the U-bend??

    The only squat down loo “experience” I can recall is when Mrs Gummidge and I travelled from SIN-KUL by train(1st class a couple of years ago)- I was OK using the facility, however I remember Mrs Gummidge remarking on return that it was a good job she has strong thighs! 🙂 .

  • Paul says:

    Anyone having issue with MBNA posting only 18,500 instead of 25,000 bonus pts for the Virgin Black card?

    • Modern Day Sinbad says:

      The current promotion is for 18,500 on first transaction and the rest after spending £3k in 90 days.

      “18,500 bonus miles will be credited to your Flying Club account after your first card purchase, providing you use either of your cards within 90 days of your account opening and supply your Flying Club membership number to MBNA. A further 6,500 bonus miles will be credited to your account when you apply by 31 May 2016 and spend £3,000 on either card in the first 90 days of your account opening and suuply your Flying Club membership number. Please allow six to eight weeks for bonus miles to be added to your account. Bonus miles are not awarded on balance transfers, money transfers or cash advances.”

      • Boi says:

        Is there a way to track how many miles earned on mbna before they land on virgin flying club? I can’t see that on the website and I haven’t had my statement yet.

      • Paul says:

        Thanks mate 🙂

  • Alex W says:

    Re: the Virgin cards, I know the Visa spend does not count towards the vouchers; does the same apply to the sign-up bonus?

    • Alex W says:

      Just checked the Virgin website which says either card counts for the sign-up bonus. Engage brain before posting…

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