Bits: new BBC ATC series starts tonight, Virgin economy sale, 30 Avios per £1 on flowers
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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.
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 (June 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:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
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
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus 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.