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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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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, £200 travel credit 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 Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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 (103)

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  • Kathryn says:

    Not only have my avios posted, but the first edition of my subscription has a feature on New Zealand where I’m going in April via the Qatar business sale earlier in the year #result

  • kk says:

    I am getting the error message ‘The promotion code you requested is not available, and you are therefore on the default promotion code.’

    Anyone else experienced the same?

  • Timothy Arnold says:

    Did anyone else not get their points? Subscription has arrived but nothing!

    I’ve sent then an email and waiting for response 🙁

    • Genghis says:

      Today is 28 days and not received 2 x avios.com points. I shall be calling tomorrow.

    • Red says:

      Your not the only one. Signed up for this offer the day Raffles posted it on here. Was very careful to make sure I followed it correctly and entered the promo code. No sign of my points.

    • Todderz says:

      Ditto.

      Latest in a long line of points offers / promos / bargains that have failed to deliver. Avios, Clubcard, Virgin, Accor…
      I’ve had success with about 1 in 4.

  • Alex says:

    Signed up 8th of August, got the points last week.

  • Alex says:

    on my BA avios account

  • Scott says:

    Just checked my BAEC account and my 4500 Avios have posted today.
    Signed up 2-3 weeks ago and DD came off about 5 days ago.

  • Alastair says:

    Just to follow-up on this. I signed up using the code, but there was no opportunity to add BA or Avios number at time of booking.

    When the Direct Debit out I queried when the avios would be credited with ST Magazine customer services. They asked for by Avios number and it took a week to post the points to avios.com – they said allow 28 days.

    Good deal this – thanks Raffles

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