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News in brief:

‘Skies Above Britain’ starts tonight on BBC2

I have been asked by a NATS employee to plug ‘Skies Above Britain’, which I’m happy to do.  Starting on BBC2 tonight at 9pm, this five part documentary focusses on the work of air traffic controllers across the UK.

Virgin Atlantic launches economy sale

Virgin Atlantic has launched an economy seat sale running until 21st September.  Headline prices to the US start at £398, presumably aimed to match the current Aer Lingus ex-UK sale.

Hong Kong at £449 looked one of the better non-US deals.  You need to travel between Christmas and March for the US deals, dates vary elsewhere.

Full details can be found here.

If you live in the regions and want to visit the US, look at the Aer Lingus deals here which include the connecting flight to Dublin.

Virgin A350

Earn 30 Avios per £1 on flower deliveries

Finally, I wanted to mention that you can currently earn 30 Avios for every £1 you spend on flowers from Appleyard.

You need to order via the Appleyard page of the Gate 365 shopping portal here.  There are even some discount codes, valid until 21st August, on that page which can be combined with the deal. 

The offer runs until 30th September at which point it will return to the usual 7 Avios per £1.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(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.)

Comments (84)

  • Ciarán says:

    On the Appleyard deal, you won’t get 30 Avios per pound if you use a discount voucher.

    I ordered about 70 quid worth of flowers, used the 5er off voucher and only for around 200 avios.

    Cancelled and reordered without the discount and i got the full amount.

  • Sussex bantam says:

    YMMV of course but I had a terrible experience with Appleyard. Mother’s Day flowers died within 2 days of arriving. Contacted them 3 times before I got a response promising a replacement bunch which never arrived. Eventually had to ask for a refund. What annoyed me was they blamed the slow customer service response to them ‘being busy’ which presumably was a surprise to a florist on Mother’s Day !

    I may well have been unlucky but I won’t use them again.

    • Talay says:

      Same disaster of a bunch of flowers as I received.

      Died very soon, bought really because I was hooked by the side deal.

      Now I buy only from local florists and support the local economy.

  • Chris says:

    If you have a longish connection in DUB can you use preclearance for US immigration?

    • GK says:

      As I understand I, all ex DUB pax to US go through pre learnable, including connecting traffic

    • Nick Burch says:

      If you are on a direct flight from Dublin to the USA, you *must* go through pre-clearance. You then arrive at a domestic gate

      If you are flying DUB-LHR-USA, then you’re not allowed through pre-clearance, your only option is normal immigration on arrival

  • Roger says:

    Another OT question from the same Roger above.

    As a small business owner I pay about 20k plus in VAT and about 20K in Corp. Tax too, so far I only use BACS to make payment, but realising that I can use Amex Gold Business Card (No fee in first year), and also earn Amex MR points.

    Rob, is this the advisable? Does HMRC allow payments (for Corp Tax / VAT) via Amex? If so, what are the charges (0.386%? as per your recent article)?

    • Mr Dee says:

      No Amex is not accepted but you can use a Visa or Mastercard for a small fee which would make the points cheap if you have a good card to use.

    • Rob says:

      No, only MasterCard or Visa. You need a lucrative one, perhaps IHG Premium (2 points per £1)? Virgin Black?

    • Roger says:

      Hello Roger from The Other/Another Roger. 🙂

      Just to avoid potential confusion, I have different cards questions which I will save for on-topic discussion. 😉

  • Alan says:

    I’d definitely avoid Appleyard – used them before when they had a deal with Amex, but they got the delivery date wrong (apparently Sunday deliveries for Mother’s Day are only in London despite them being offered elsewhere on the he website) and the flowers that arrived were pitiful – small in quantity and hardly lasted. By comparison have had excellent experiences with many other florists, would definitely not use Appleyard again.

    • Gavin says:

      don’t deliver abroad so no good for me. I found it cheaper to use a local company for sending flowers to the mrs. could also deliver within 2 hours of order!

  • Genghis says:

    It depends on what your targets are. If you’d like to collect points on a card then it might be worth switching (and keep switching) as you can get a better return (in points) elsewhere – with sign up bonuses, referral bonuses and ongoing spend (depending how you value your points).

  • Genghis says:

    And 2.5 in first six months

  • Alan says:

    Out if interest, we’re your flowers being delivered to London? I just wondered if they had a different service there and then outsourced elsewhere…

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