News in brief:
Radisson launches its UK Summer Sale – with free breakfast
You need to book before 31st August for stays until 4th September, or 30th October for weekend stays.
If you book direct via the Radisson website here you will also receive free breakfast at all hotels except for Cardiff. Not sure what the problem is with Cardiff but there you are! This is probably a more valuable benefit than the cash discount you receive.
For those readers with children, remember that children under 16 stay free when sharing their parents room and children under 12 eat free when a parent buys a meal.
Remember that American Express Platinum cardholders can benefit from their Club Carlson Gold status when staying at Radisson properties. If you stay for 2+ nights before the end of July you can also earn bonus points with the Club Carlson spring promotion.
Another interesting IHG Rewards Club redemption in London
If you are looking at redeeming your IHG Rewards Club points for a room in London, here is an interesting option I spotted yesterday.
The Holiday Inn Camden Lock is offering its Penthouse Studio for redemption. As you can see from the picture above, this is a b-i-g room. It also has a balcony. At just 40,000 IHG points per night, this room offers excellent value compared to many other IHG options in London.
Note that the maximum capacity allowed is two people, presumably due to fire regulations, despite the room being huge. The balcony may also not be good for kids.
I have visited this hotel when family have stayed there and found it OK. It directly overlooks Camden Lock and the market. The general rooms are a little dated but the lobby has recently had an impressive makeover including a small takeaway cafe.
Whatever you think of Camden Market, there is a lot to be said for being able to walk across the canal to the market in about 30 seconds and take advantage of the huge range of eating options, even if the range of goods on sale is not to your taste.
The Penthouse Studio may have been listed in error, so if you are interested in booking it I would jump in ASAP at ihg.com. You can always cancel your redemption without penalty at any point. The hotel website is here if you want to find out more.
Double Avios with Avis
Finally, you can earn double Avios (10 per £1 spent) when you book Avis car rentals via avios.com.
You need to book by 7th July and you must book at this page of avios.com.
You will NOT get the exclusive British Airways / Avis benefits, such as a free second driver, if you book this way. Those benefits are only available via the special BA / Avis website. You might want to get a price from both sites and weigh up the combinations of price, Avios and benefits from each.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
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:
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.)