News in brief:
Amex / Nespresso deal
Three people dropped me a note about a new American Express promotion which, to be honest, I saw on my account but dismissed without investigation. Two readers rated the deal highly, one thought it stunk.
Details of this deal should be under the ‘Offers’ section on your American Express online account. Check under each card you hold. It should be there for one of them.
This is the deal – you order a specific coffee machine (link removed as broken overnight) which sells at £129 but you pay just £39. However, you must order 400 Nespresso coffee capsules at the same time which cost you a minimum of 29p each.
Nespresso products are rarely heavily reduced so this is a decent deal in terms of value for money. Whether you want to commit to buying 400 capsules upfront – especially as you may not be familiar with most of the flavours – is a different question.
Major Vueling flight sale
Vueling is the little known sister of British Airways and Iberia. International Airlines Group, the parent of BA and Iberia, took full control of the Spanish low cost carrier in 2013 and since then it has expanded rapidly to serve over 160 airports across Europe.
You can redeem Avios points for flights on Vueling as long as you transfer them to Iberia Plus first. This is good news for travellers outside London who have a wider range of regional Avios redemption options.
From the UK, Vueling flies to (some services seasonal):
Birmingham – Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga
Cardiff – Alicante, Barcelona, Majorca, Malaga
Edinburgh – Alicante, Barcelona, Paris, Rome
Leeds Bradford – Barcelona
Liverpool – Barcelona
London Gatwick – Asturius, Barcelona, Bilbao, Florence, Paris, Rome, Santiago de Compostela
London Heathrow (T3) – La Coruna, Barcelona
London Luton – Amsterdam, Barcelona
Manchester – Alicante, Barcelona, Rome
Newcastle – Barcelona
Until 13th September, Vueling has a major sale with 1 million seats at €29.99 one way. This could be a decent option for a cheap Autumn break in Spain. Details of the sale are here.
British Airways resumes flights to Tehran
British Airways flights to Tehran resumed last week, opening up an interesting range of new tourist options for more intrepid readers.
The service will operate six days per week with a four class Boeing 777.
British Airways’ only Farsi-speaking captain, Kami Johnson, explains the appeal of Iran for first time visitors in this video: https://youtu.be/QmBBdYB41Ao
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.