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News in brief:

Avios.com launches its own Tesco conversion competition

We have already seen the competition launched by British Airways to encourage Avios transfers to British Airways Executive Club this quarter.  One person will win 1,000,000 Avios whilst 10 will win 10,000 points.

Avios.com has now launched its own competition.

This competition looks more generous so you may want to transfer your Clubcard vouchers into avios.com this quarter and move them across to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’.

Between 1st and 14th August, 10 people PER DAY will win 18,000 Avios points.  This means that there are 13 x more winners than with the BA competition.

You receive one entry for every £2.50 you exchange into Avios points via avios.com.  The link to convert is here.

PayQwiq

Earn 1,200 Avios via Tesco with PayQwiq

If you are based in London or Edinburgh, you can earn 1,200 Avios points by signing up to the PayQwiq app and using it to make five purchases at Tesco before 16th October.

Full details are in this Shopper Points article from yesterday.   If you live elsewhere in the country then you miss out, but Tesco is hoping to launch PayQwiq nationwide soon.

Etihad A380

Etihad to go ‘all A380’ this Autumn from Heathrow

According to this Business Traveller report, 20 of the 21 weekly Etihad flights a week from Heathrow will be operated by an A380 from 18th November.

This is presumably to bring the airline in line with Emirates which has a 100% A380 Heathrow service.

As I wrote, the Business Class Studio on the Etihad A380 is, in my view, the best business class seat out there.  Whilst I found the First Class Apartment to be too large (!) when I flew it, it also remains an amazing product to try.

As well as using Etihad Guest miles – they have a UK credit card and it is an American Express Membership Rewards and Heathrow Rewards partner – you can also book Etihad redemptions using American Airlines miles.

My plan for the Winter is to do an Emirates First Class / Etihad First Class comparison trip (yeah, I know, tough life) which would also let me visit the new Etihad First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi.


Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (February 2021)

Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cardsThese are:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent).

Comments (45)

  • Alan says:

    How quickly do folk normally find transfers from Tesco to Avios.com credit? I did one yesterday, followed a few minutes later by a VS transfer. The latter is already showing today (complete with 20% bonus), but nothing on Avios.com. Given they have a tendency to create new Avios accounts rather than match to existing ones I thought I should check the normal timescale for the transfer to take place.

  • Dom says:

    Has anyone heard anything about winning a prize on the avios competition yet?

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