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4,500 Avios posting from Sunday Times promo – jump in now if you haven’t already

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It is now almost four weeks since I wrote about the very generous Avios earning offer from The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

You could earn 4,500 Avios points for just £30.

The good news is that people who applied in the first wave have now received their Avios points.  The promotion is still running so, if you haven’t applied yet, you should jump in now.

How the deal works

I have a soft spot for The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, probably because they tend to mention this site occasionally.

It has a slightly more aggressive tone than Conde Nast Traveller, being happier to call out companies or cities which don’t live up to the hype.  The August issue had a great piece demolishing various over-promoted destinations, companies and services.

Whether or not you are an occasional reader of the magazine, you are going to want to subscribe.  This is because The Sunday Times Travel Magazine is offering 4,500 Avios points if you sign up for a £30 subscription before 30th September.

At 0.66p per point, this is a no-brainer for most of us.

As I mentioned at the top of the page, the points are posting successfully.

The offer does NOT show immediately.  You need to enter STTM0916 in the ‘Promotional Code’ box and hit ‘Submit’.  The page will refresh and the deal will show.

Note that cutting and pasting the code sometimes fails. If it fails, type it in. Try upper and lower case too.

YOU MUST CLICK SUBMIT so the page reloads. If you don’t, you will NOT get the Avios as you will be signing up to the standard package.

If you do not see a box during the check-out process asking for your Avios or BAEC account number, you should assume that it has gone wrong and will not work.  Try again using a different browser or device.

In summary:

you receive 4,500 Avios in either British Airways Executive Club or avios.com

the offer runs until 30th September

the cost for a yearly subscription is £30 via direct debit (which you can cancel via online banking as soon as the first payment is taken ) or £32 via credit card or cheque

Avios are awarded within 28 days

you are restricted to one subscription per household and per Avios account

You are paying 0.66p per Avios point if you ascribe zero value to the magazine.  Given the content I doubt anyone who reads this site will not get some value from it.

You still have another month to jump in.  These are cheap Avios and you get something interesting to read as well.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 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 (103)

  • Stu R says:

    Mine posted 24th August, quickly followed by my first copy of the magazine itself – interesting, the September issue has a good article on New Zealand – very useful for those of us who bagged the QR biz fares from Pisa to Auckland …. thank you Rob!

  • harry says:

    Code was failing on cut & paste because for some reason it was adding on an extra space at the end – delete this.

  • Genghis says:

    “The good news is that people who applied in the first wave have now received their Avios points”.
    Not fully accurate. It seems those that paid by DD with points directed to Avios.com have not yet received avios.

    • Keri says:

      I paid by credit card, and I still haven’t received my Avios either ….

    • harry says:

      Has anybody received points on avios.com – whether payment by credit card or DD? Don’t think so & it doesn’t really surprise me as avios.com aren’t exactly speedy

    • Kelly says:

      I paid by DD and another by CC and we have received both lots of points so it’s working! I applied before Rob ran the article here.

  • Robert says:

    “The promotion code you requested is not available, and you are therefore on the default promotion code”

    I’ve tried two different browsers, so that’s not the issue.

    Could they have pulled the offer despite the 30th deadline?

    • Chris says:

      I’ve just subscribed by DD and it all worked fine.

    • Imbruce says:

      Hi Robert.
      I had the same problem when I cut and pasted the code, you have to manually
      type it in. It’s their form not your browsers

  • DaveP says:

    I received my 4500 Avios a week ago paying by cc. Thanks for highlighting this offer Rob. The only problem now after reading the articles in the first mag and drooling over some of the location photos is trying to decide where to go and do I have enough points to get there!

  • harry says:

    For those who have access to the wrapper on the magazine: is there the facility to change the delivery address? I assume so & it would be an interesting read for a couple of my relatives.

  • Gavin says:

    OT – my Paykwik points from Tesco (5 separate transactions made within seconds of each other) have posted today

    • Frenske says:

      After how many days after usage were the points posted? My first transaction was almost one month ago, but I have not seen anything.

      • Danny says:

        My 500 club card points also posted this morning; 1st transaction was on 4th August and 5th transaction was on 24th August.

      • Gavin says:

        They were all done on August 20th

        • Raymond Hennessy says:

          My account is showing two Payqwik bonuses. One for 500 points and one for 400 points?

  • Simon says:

    My points for my direct debit subscription appeared on the 31st.

    However I also bought a couple of gift subscriptions for birthday presents by credit card, I’m yet to see those points in either my BAEC or Avios account.

    • harry says:

      Not saying this applies to you as I don’t know your dates but new subscribers should be aware that there is a new clause in the T&Cs saying max 1 subscription per household. They just might be applying this rule. It seems that people who did the same as you and bought several subs BEFORE the clause was introduced are OK & will get all the points they expected.

      • Simon says:

        I believe one at least is owed before the rule change, however only one subscription was ordered to my household. The other two were to two different households (the in laws). We shall see, I’m not too overly bothered either way, all have been happy with the magazine which has provided some inspiration for future trips as well as some good guides for already planned trips in the next few months.

        I have in my diary to double check on the Monday, if there is nothing there I’ll call them up.

      • James67 says:

        What do those new rules mean though? Can we only get one bonus per household or can we still get multiple bonuses for ourselves at our BAEC address if we gift a subscription to a friend or relative at another household?

        • harry says:

          they might use your billing address
          or mag delivery address
          or BAEC/ avios.com membership number
          …to check for duplicates

          more likely it is all hogwash and just there to deter duplicates – but you’d still end up getting multiple points – I personally wouldn’t take the chance now but if you have genuine reason to buy a couple or so (ie you want to read it & gift it) then it would be worth the risk IMV

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