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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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)

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. 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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)

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  • Matt says:

    Cost is £0 for 11 months, they don’t charge the fee until you hit year 2 😉

    • James67 says:

      Might not be true anymore, the £450 annual fee was applied to my amex plat on second statement after upgrading my PRG. However, I discussed this with Rob and we believe it may be because the anniversary of my PRG arrived as opposed to a change of policy by amex. If this was indeed the case Tom should be fine for about a year. If not, he can just cancel for a pro rata refund as soon as he has hit the £1000 upgrade spend target and banked and transfered the 21000+ MR points.

  • Gavin says:

    Ref payasyougym – that’sa good find. I’ve just signed up for another year through Gymflex though so no good for me. Also my current gym is perfect for my needs and not available through that site anyway.

    • Joe says:

      You can use CC vouchers for Paug, at 3x value so arguably better than avios conversions

  • Scallder says:

    OT but BA cabin crew have backed industrial action short of striking 9 to 1 over new performance measurement. Anyone have a clue if that’s actually impact anything, or chances of it moving up to strike action?

  • roer says:


    Rob do you know any BA Amex or BAPP sign-up bonus returning this year, same as this time last year?


    • Rob says:

      No. However, something is up overnight tonight on the BA cards. Don’t know what but there will be a change tomorrow. Could be good or bad!

      • Genghis says:

        How do you know something is up?

        • Rob says:

          They told me 🙂

          Perhaps the Premium card is officially coming back for new applicants? It may also be something small like another interest rate change. I genuinely have no idea.

          • roger says:

            you may be right Rob.
            Just checked Amex website and for referral from my free BA Amex to someone else is 4000 Avios for myself and referred person gets 10000 Avios points.

            Bring on better sign up bonus BA!

          • Genghis says:

            That’s decent for the free card isn’t it? Hasn’t it been only 3k?

          • roger says:

            yes its only ever been 3000 for fresh or 4000 for referral until last night.

          • RTS says:

            Son of…. B…

            I signed up for the BAPP last week ¬_¬

          • Rob says:

            Ring. Some people in the past have managed to get an extra bonus when this happens.

  • Simon Schus says:

    Hi all 🙂
    Any idea if there is a Virgin reward sale coming up soon? Last time, I feel like the reward sale tends to come out half-way through the Virgin standard fare sale. I’ve got my eye on a one-way flight which I can’t book right now due to needing confirmation on other aspects of the trip, so I’m just musing about the reward flights while I’m waiting.

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    Virgin Atlantic economy sale launched

  • Alan says:

    Mine is on hold too. First one (March stay) paid out and was uplifted to the increased rate, but others all just sitting at pending at the lower rates just now.

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