News in brief:
Share your Heathrow Express upgrade codes
Heathrow Express emailed its database on Wednesday with a free First Class upgrade code.
These are valid for one person on a ticket (one-way or return) booked in advance via the Heathrow Express website or app. The codes are valid until 30th November.
A couple of readers emailed me to ask if they could give away their codes via HfP. If you got the email and know you won’t be using your code, please post it in the comments here. If you use a code someone posts, please add a ‘Used’ comment after it.
Remember to check out my article on other ways to save money on Heathrow Express, including the 12% Mastercard discount which is still running.
Finnair launching a new route to San Francisco
Finnair announced yesterday that it is launching flights to San Francisco from Helsinki in June 2017. They will operate three days per week over the Summer using an Airbus A330.
The flight adds to existing services to New York, Chicago and Miami. It will be part of the BA / AA / Iberia joint venture agreement which means the revenue from the service will be shared with the other airlines also flying the route.
I would imagine, given the flight time, that this route will be guaranteed an A330 with fully flat seats in business class. The Finnair website currently lists the following routes as having fully flat seating: Beijing, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, New York, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.
As a oneworld partner, you can both earn and redeem Avios points, and earn British Airways tier points, on these services.
Extra British Airways Tenerife service added
British Airways announced yesterday that it is adding an extra Tenerife flight for the Winter season.
The reason I mention this is that the new service has a great time slot – 10.25am every Saturday, departing from Gatwick. The first flight is on 17th December.
As this service was only launched for sale yesterday, you should be able to find Avios redemption seats easily enough.
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.
(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.)