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EXTENDED: 4500 Avios for a £30 subscription to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine

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Tomorrow was meant to be the last day to pick up 4,500 cheap Avios points via The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

However, due to what I can only imagine was insane demand from Head for Points readers, this generous offer has now been rolled over.  It is now showing an expiry date of 3rd February 2017.

Whilst there is no rush to apply now, it is worth running through the deal again for non-regular readers of HfP.

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

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

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.

Cutting and pasting the code sometimes fails. If so, 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 now runs until 3rd February 2017

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 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.

Whilst the original rules did not mention anything about multiple subscriptions, the magazine has now changed its terms to read “One offer per member. One award of Avios per household.”


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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.

(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 (41)

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  • Gavin says:

    Missed this before I went on vacation but will get organised when back. Sounds an ideal Christmas present!

  • Terence Yap says:

    thanks for the update. I am from Asia and was interested to find out if you can recap if the credit should be made to BAEC or avios.com ? or either one without preference ? thanks !

    • Genghis says:

      When I did it back when the original offer came out, my wife and I each did one to BAEC and one to Avios.com. The BAEC points posted quickly but the Avios.com points took I think 30 days to post (after a chaser call and follow up email). Whilst in theory they should be the same, if choosing one (as now limited to one per household, but we don’t know if or how this is being enforced), I’d be inclined to say select BAEC.

    • Simon says:

      I bought one for me on my BAEC and gifted one and used my avios acc. Paid by card on both and points posted a month later on both accounts

  • Chris56 says:

    Great if you get your points. I am being asked to jump through hoops having to answer additional questions to confirm the account is mine etc etc, when I asked why my points had not been awarded. Took out subscription as soon as you mentioned the deal. Still no sign of the points.

  • Joan says:

    I did it and got my first magazine last month. It’s rather good . Thanks HFP

    • Nicola Walton says:

      Off topic, but is anyone having problems with their Supercard? I received an email yesterday saying they were sorry I was having problems with my pin and would be sending me a new card? I have not used the card since last month at Rome airport and it was fine! Also coincidentally my IHG visa is linked to this card and I have just had to have it blocked because of 3 fraudulent amounts.

      • barnyd says:

        Yep I got the same email out of the blue about my Supercard pin yesterday. – new one is in the post apparently. Wasn’t aware that there were issues as it’s been a few months since I used it, as I was getting a little frustrated with the ‘double’ billing process for overseas transactions that make up any difference in the exchange rate.

      • Leo says:

        Yes I got the email too. I had thought it was because I had forgotten my password. Used 2 weeks ago in Madrid. First time had a refusal – worked twice, failed once. It’s actually quite embarrassing – never happened to me in the beta test. I’m not that bothered about getting the new card tbh.

      • AndyR says:

        How are you guys finding the exchange rates on Supercard? Are they competitive?

      • Adam B says:

        Same happened to me. Out in the US at the moment so especially annoying. Used it twice successfully for shopping out here and a very embarrassing decline at a restaurant.

  • rick says:

    OT- Curve Card UK ATM withdrawal

    Can anyone please confirm whether £200 ATM withdrawal limit is per calendar month or per rolling month?

    Thanks.

  • Concerto says:

    Do I have to cancel the subscription before it finishes by calling or writing, like I do in Germany with magazine and newspaper subscriptions there? Or does it stop automatically?

    • harry1 says:

      no need to call – just cancel the DD

    • Genghis says:

      I cancelled all the DDs and sent an email with all membership nos saying want to cancel. Usually just cancelling DD works however

  • Janet Thomas says:

    I also received the e-mail from Supercard. Phoned them and was told there was no security breach but they were sending a new card with new pin & I would have to re-register my IHG card! I haven’t used my Supercard for a couple of months. This sounds really dodgy. Perhaps everyone needs to check for fraudulent transactions.

    • Nicola Walton says:

      I am glad I posted about Supercard now it is worrying!

    • Nick Burch says:

      I used my supercard a number of times last weekend for pin transactions without issue, so it’s not a problem of the pin not working. I wonder what they’ve managed to stuff up at their end to need the re-issue of perfectly fine cards?

  • harry1 says:

    Easy enough to get round the 1 offer per household stipulation – use different email addresses, different physical addresses (and possibly different payment method)

    • Genghis says:

      And creating multiple BAEC accounts to go in your HHA?

    • James says:

      not sure whether this is Tom, Dick or the real Harry, but if you’re so keen to collect points this way, I would be happy to send you my address so that you can buy the mag for me.
      It suits me to forgo the points for a free copy.
      In fact, I’ll let you have a few different addresses and you could send a copy to my friends and relatives?

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