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News in brief:

Tallinn tier point run on British Airways

Tallinn is being launched by British Airways as a new route next year as we wrote over the weekend.

In the meantime, British Airways is running a very attractive offer if you want to check out the city.

For £234, will sell you a Business Class return flight from Heathrow to Tallinn.  You can fly on either BA or Finnair.  This will earn you 200 tier points for the return trip because you need to change planes in Helsinki for a Finnair ‘all economy’ connection.

Even better, selected Finnair flights between Heathrow and Helsinki are operated by long-haul A350 aircraft which means you will get a flat bed.  I reviewed the Finnair A350 here and it is VERY impressive.

This is a very attractive deal which gets you a weekend away in a very attractive city and give you a leg up towards status (re)qualification.  Pop over to and have a play around with dates.

tallinn estonia old town kiek in de koek

Tesco to Virgin Flying Club transfer bonus launched

Virgin Atlantic has launched a transfer bonus if you convert your Tesco Clubcard points – 10%.

I’m not sure what prompted them to offer something so weak.  20%-25%, which we have seen recently, seems like a minimum bonus to make it worth the effort.  An extra 10% of anything will never make a bad deal into a good deal.

At least there is some bonus, which will be a small benefit to anyone desperately trying to top up their Virgin Atlantic account before a lot of redemptions go up in price on 16th January.

You can find full details here.  The deadline to convert is 13th November.

Virgin Atlantic 787

500 Avios with Iberia wine deal

In the absence of any codes for bonus Clubcard points on Tesco Wine deals, you may be interested in this new Iberia Plus wine offer.

Via their UK wine partner Vinoseleccion, you can order a six bottle of case of two wines for half the usual price – £50 instead of £100 – and receive 500 Avios and get free delivery.

Remember that you will need an Iberia Plus account to receive the Avios, which can later be transferred into British Airways Executive Club or

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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 (99)

  • Joe says:

    Very O/T: does anyone know if Virgin has a referral bonus for existing credit card holders to refer new customers? I would like to apply for one but would to prefer to maximise points collection for both referrer and referee.

    • Rob says:

      Yes. It relaunched a couple of weeks ago. Some, but for some reason not all, cardholders were emailed about it.

    • Boi says:

      I was one of those emailed about it.

  • Vijay Odedra says:

    OT With regards to the 2-4-1 BA voucher do you have to fly before the expiry date or can you book flights after that date? I have one that expires November 2017 but not sure I’ll be flying before then.

    Many thanks

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  • the real harry says:

    yep Mystery Reds look good to try for £3.80 bottle delivered

    they sell some quality stuff so we might just get lucky 🙂

  • jen says:

    O/T but Vueling seem to be cancelling some routes. I booked Luton to Zurich in the bargain 4.99 sale for a cheeky ski weekend. Just got notification that my 95min direct flight had changed to go via Barcelona, taking 8.5 hours in one direction and 11.5 in the other. Spending two full days flying/hanging around BCN doesn’t sound like an effective use of a weekend break. I don’t know if other winter routes have also been quietly scrapped and replaced with massive reroutings

    • Timothy Arnold says:

      My flights to Rome have just been rerouted via BCN. Outbound is a day later (acceptable) however return flights are ridiculous! Was scheduled to return 23/01. Now 26/01 to BCN and 27/01 back to MAN! What was four day holiday now seven…

      How flexible are they for any other flights to anywhere to accommodate the fare, or will they just push a refund?

  • Simon Spanswick says:

    Thanks, Rob, for the brilliant Tallinn TP run idea! An excellent way to gain a useful 200 TPs seeing a new city in a country not visited before. Have just booked on the BA website, choosing AY flights, including the A359 out for sunny January… With an Airbnb in the centre of the city, a nice break at a bargain rate.

    What would we do without HFP and FT? Thank you again.

    • andy L says:

      Simon – you will have a great time in Tallinn – visited with friends in May. My suggestions (FWIW) would be the KGB museum tour, Soviet Prison tour (please note it was dank, dark and exceptionally cold in MAY – so dress accordingly) and for something completely different (safe and fun) Tactical Shooting Tallinn. We ate at Von Krahli Aed twice we liked it so much. I genuinely think you will have a superb time in Tallinn – I am actually a little jealous esp about the A350 !

      • Maptwo says:

        Thanks for those useful tips, Andy. Will definitely make sure I have decently warm clothing for in and outdoors!

  • Ryan says:

    Anyone get the BA flights for £234 each? Closer to £350 when i try- of course, going for the A350 if possible ( though seat guru lists A350 or A321 as possible choices for many flight numbers so hard to know which plane it will be!)…..trying for March 24-26/27th…..

    • Kinkell says:

      Paid £260 for INV-LHR-TLL via HEL. Both Finnair flights on a350. Going late August 2017. I though it was a decent price starting from Inverness, and convenient for me. Mind you , Inverness flight times are rubbish, which means I get to spend some time with my son in London who will be able to give me a heads up re: best things to do and where to eat ,as he has booked a trip to Estonia for May.

  • Eugene says:

    Just paid £221 each for BA direct return in May. They’re not showing amount of tier points on calculator- maybe cos it’s a new route. I looked at Finnair and their club was showing £250 plus each way. Can’t see how to get the lower fare and the points with them lest u go in midwinter and it’s brass monkey weather up there then !

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