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News in brief:

Last day to get 2,400 Avios with a £60 LEGO purchase

A quick reminder that today, Monday, is the last day to earn 1,000 Clubcard points (worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club) when you spend £60 on LEGO at Tesco Direct.  Smaller order will attract 500 Clubcard points (1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin miles) for spending £30.

You should take a close look at this deal if you have kids or are expecting to give any presents to a child soon!  LEGO makes a great gift or can easily be resold on eBay.

Full details, and a few interesting sets to consider which are also reduced in price, are in this Shopper Points article (click).  

‘Click and Collect’ delivery to your local Tesco store will be free as you are spending £30.  The deal ends tonight.

Do you have any unclaimed BMI Diamond Club miles?

Long term readers of Head for Points will have lived through the acquisition of British Midland (as was) by British Airways and the integration of Diamond Club into British Airways Executive Club.

If you were not taking your frequent flyer miles so seriously a couple of years ago, it is possible that you may have had some BMI miles which you had forgotten about or which you assumed had expired.

This is not the case.  They were frozen and are still accessible using your old Diamond Club credentials at

I received this email last week from a reader:

I used to have the old BMI Diamond Card but forgot about it, and all the points I had. It turned out that I had a balance of over 40000 BMI points which I could convert to Avios. I was under the impression that these points were to be expired as I had not used the account in five years, and I thought the scheme had closed! 

I doubt this guy is the only one.  If you think that you may have once had a BMI Diamond Club account and have a record of your account number somewhere, it is worth taking a look at to see what is there.  Any balance can be moved to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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 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 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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 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

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 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.

Comments (50)

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  • Ed says:

    Not as exciting as your emailer, but I’m now 300 avios better off!

    • David says:

      I’m 50 Avios better off! Every little helps 😉

    • Allan says:

      I was sure mine had automatically transferred, but I logged in and I’m 3,000 points better off now!

  • Seb says:

    Thanks for the reminder about BMI Diamond Club. I’d transferred about 250K miles a few years ago after the acquisition but was still using the credit card. Just found another 65,000 logging in today!

  • Wally1976 says:

    OT – bit of a rookie question – flying home from PFO Saturday night. I’ll check us in on my phone 24 hours before but won’t be able to print boarding passes. Can we print them at the airport? Thanks

    • Genghis says:

      Yep. Or download them onto your smartphone of choice.

      • Wally1976 says:

        Thanks :-). I’ve got the app but thought it probably wouldn’t be very easy to show 4 boarding passes on it (on 2 separate bookings)

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    I still collect miles through my Diamond Club credit card. I don’t think anyone expect the scheme to survive in some form for as long as it has.

    Anyone know when they plan to finally close it?

    • Raffles says:

      I was given a steer by a senior IAG person a few months ago that the end was nye …… although nothing so far.

      MBNA must be losing at least 2p for every pound I spend given 0.3% interchange and 2.5 Avios per pound (albeit partly offset by 60 pound fee).

  • Genghis says:

    With many people realising they’ve points in Diamond Club, is this an opportunity for another plug of AwardWallet?

    • Rob says:

      I must admit, I wasn’t seriously expecting this many people to find something.

      • flyforfun says:

        Still got mine, but I do log in and tranfer miles every few months.

        Is there a way to have them automatically go over to BA?

    • Alan says:

      Indeed sadly no surprise stash for me as u track them via AwardWallet and transfer over every so often!

  • xcalx says:

    OT Has anyone had the Hertz points post from the Accor promo without having to contact them. Still nothing here for mrs xcalx and I. Thanks

    • Alan says:

      I think most folk had to contact them, I certainly did. Did they upgrade your status OK?

  • Dan says:

    Sorry OT: I’m looking to use some IHG points for intercontinental ambassador membership – the FAQs mention it costs 32k points, but can’t find the link to use them anywhere (and the payment page doesn’t have an option to use points – only cash).

    Does anyone know how to do this?

  • James67 says:

    OT: Would be grateful for any ideas on best hilton hotel in UK (except London, Glasgow or Edinburgh) to burn a free weekend night certificate plus one night paid stay? Would have liked to try Craigendarroch but it’s premium rooms only so that’s out.

    • Dan says:

      Manchester Deansgate is nice. Not sure if it’s far enough from central London – but Syon Park is also a good choice for a break

      • James67 says:

        Thanks Dan, we had a weekend in Manchester in the spring so will pass on that.

    • Rob says:

      Look up my St Georges Park review.

      • James67 says:

        Thanks Rob, I read that at the time and forgot all about it. It’s perfect! We will probably extend our two nights in Liverpool with two nights here and use it as a base to drive over to Warwick and Stratford, both of which we have never been.

        While checking it out I noticed sonething I never noticed before. Whilst searching hilton hotels without “use hhonors points” seected the site returns lower starting rates/night than when it is selected. Is this normal?

        • Rob says:

          Odd – perhaps it defaults to the lower member rates?

          • James67 says:

            I thought so too so I checked across a range of hotels and dates with the same result. I wasn’t signed in so it hadn’t anything to do with member rates. Just checked again and it’s due to sale rates. If we leave “use hhonors points” unchecked it returns prices starting from the current discounted sale rates but if we check it, the results returned do not include the sale rates! Quite possibly some people may have inadvertently paid higher prices than necessary but tgey should be able to cancel and rebook at sale rates within the next 5 days .

          • Alan says:

            Yep, they seem to unselect some options when you pick other ones. Always have to make sure you check all variables 😉 Personally I check first without things checked, then try Government and different corporate rates before adding in HHonors points rates to see if they’re value for money or not.

          • James67 says:

            @Alan, I’ll be mre rogorous like that in future. How did your hilton freebie go at the fringe on Saturday?

          • Alan says:

            Was excellent thanks – free bar and nibbles for a couple of hours before then free tickets to Gobsmacked, which was an impressive show. Excellent way to end my Fringe visits for this year – managed 18 shows, not too bad although managed more a couple of years ago when I didn’t have any weekend on-call 😉

          • James67 says:

            Good for you, glad it went well. Since moving to Edinburgh I haven’t managed a single show!

          • Alan says:

            Haha next year then 🙂

          • harry says:

            18 is a bit good lol

            when I worked out of Glasgow for 2 years 1995-6, I think I got in about 5 shows(but I had to get home!)

            Jack Dee the most amazing young comedian though he was already famous, had me in painful stitches of laughter

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