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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 UK credit cards (March 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 unbeatable travel 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.

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.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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 (84)

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  • 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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