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Sunday Times Travel Magazine changes the rules on its 4,500 Avios promo

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Two weeks ago I wrote that The Sunday Times Travel Magazine had rolled over its generous offer of 4,500 Avios points for taking out a £30 subscription.  It was extended to 3rd February 2017.

That is still the case.  However, the magazine has now changed the rules.

The original deal offered 4,500 Avios for a £30 one year subscription to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.  This was a fantastic deal even if the didn’t want the magazine – although you would have found a lot in it worth reading.

The revised offer is less attractive.

You now receive:

4,500 Avios with a two year, £60, subscription

1,000 Avios with a one year, £30, subscription

On this basis, it becomes a ‘good’ deal rather than a ‘no brainer’ deal.

You can sign up here.

The offer does NOT show immediately.  You need to enter AVIOSIM or AVIOSPP2 in the ‘Promotional Code’ box and hit ‘Submit’.  The page will refresh and the revised deal will show.

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.

At 4,500 Avios for a £60 spend, you are paying 1.33p per Avios point.  This isn’t a terrible deal when you add in the value of the two years-worth of magazines as well.  It just isn’t the steal it used to be.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

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 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.

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 Amex Gold

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

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

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 (39)

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  • Jayne says:

    The October issue states 4500points for a 12month subscription – I tried the code today and it doesnt work, they told me it is no longer valid – but surely this isnt allowed if they are advertising it? Nothing in the T&C’s to suggest it can be removed at any time?

    • Rob says:

      The October issue is the one sold in September though. The one in the shops now is the November issue which does mention the new offer – I walked down to WH Smith yesterday lunchtime to check it out!

  • Denis says:

    OT: Convert Skywards Miles to Heathrow Rewards for 50% extra points before 31 Dec.

  • Damien says:

    Like most others here, signed up 22nd August and had 4,500 Avios credited 16th September. Great offer and no issues claiming. Magazine is pretty good too!

  • Johnny5a says:

    You guys are lucky, they can’t find my subscription despite getting the confirmation email.

    • Johnny5a says:

      after many emails – they’ve said the order isn’t on the system despite an email confirmation

  • Chris says:

    Just received an email from the ST stating that my order, using the 4,500 code, made on 12 Oct, has been cancelled by them. The offer had already been withdrawn they say.

  • Sharon says:

    This offer is closed, I was informed today

  • Dave says:

    What is the process for appealing? I signed up at the beginning of september and still do not have the points, I entered the code and it clearly stated i was getting points on the screen

  • Ben Mc says:

    I subscribed on 19 September for the 4,500 Avios to my BA Exec Club account for one year’s subscription offer.

    I’ve contacted Sunday Times Travel 4 times and BA once (who contacted Sunday Times Travel for me). STT has confirmed to me on several occasions that the code I used was valid and that I subscribed in time.

    Today I was told by STT that BA had basically not allocated sufficient funds to cover the Avios needed for the high volume of people who had subscribed. However they do intend to honour those subscriptions and that points will be allocated to us on Friday (4 November). Fingers crossed!

    • Genghis says:

      BA had not allocated sufficient funds? Surely STT are buying them from BA / avios?

      • Rob says:

        Indeed …. a bizarre excuse UNLESS BA swapped some Avios for advertising space.

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