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. 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 (December 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.