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Bits: Tesco / Hasbro toy offer, win a share of 1 million Avios with LOVEtheatre

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Earn 1,920 Avios with £40 of Hasbro toy spending 

Tesco Direct is running a VERY good promotion this weekend in association with toy company Hasbro.

If you spend £40 on any of the products on this list, you will receive 800 bonus Clubcard points.  This is worth 1,920 Avios or 2,000 Virgin Flying Club miles.

With Christmas just around the corner now, you can tick off a few presents on your list whilst also earning a nice pile of miles too!

You can find out more in this Shopper Points article.

The offer closes at midnight on Sunday.  You can check out the toys included here.

1 million Avios give-away with LOVEtheatre

Avios partner LOVEtheatre is running a great competition until the end of this year.

Every booking made by 21st December will be entered into a prize draw of a share of 1 million Avios points.

There are 30 prizes in total:

  • 1 x prize of 200,000 Avios
  • 3 x prizes of 100,000 Avios
  • 6 x prizes of 50,000 Avios
  • 20 x prizes of 10,000 Avios

You can find out more about this competition and book tickets on this page of the LOVEtheatre website.


To celebrate Chinese Singles’ Day (yes that’s a thing) you can save up to 57% if you book your tickets today.

Tickets for The Woman in Black for example are £29.50 instead of £55.60 and tickets for Stomp are £22.50 instead of £67.30.  All Chinese Singles’ Day deals can be found on this page.  You do not need to be Chinese, or single, to take advantage.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 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 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 Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

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

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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

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.

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.

Comments (38)

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  • the real harry says:

    anybody tried it?

    Your American Express Card just became mobile with Amex Pay for Android™.
    To find out more, and how you can get started through the Amex App visit

    • Alan says:

      No but I sent in a complaint to Amex – what a bloody stupid idea! There’s already Android Pay that works extremely well and that Amex support in the USA – yet for some reason they’ve decided to do their own thing here which means you need to pick between using Android Pay or Amex Pay. Totally bonkers!

      • the real harry says:

        I don’t get the advantage over just using your card

        • Alan says:

          Indeed. If it all properly integrated with Android Pay then you could potentially carry fewer cards around and switch which one you used to pay for things, but at present you’d always need a physical card of some sort just in case NFC payment wasn’t available/working.

  • Boi says:

    OT sorry:
    Anybody know what’s happening with Amex MR to virgin?
    Normally they are instantaneous( I have done it before) but did it this morning, they have left my MR account but still waiting for around 8 hours and not showing in virgin…

    • Alan says:

      Virgin down for a few days while they rejig things for the new membership numbers so transfers aren’t going through…

  • Fenny says:

    Damn! My new car holds 43l, but I usually fill up at around 35l. I don’t like part filling it, as it screws the consumption calculations and means it’s harder to know when I need to put fuel in. So I’ll have to fill up at different intervals. And given that I’m changing jobs in 10 days and will be walking the half a mile to work from now on, my petrol spend is going to plummet anyway!

  • James67 says:

    OT bit: For anybody who fancies a highland break or wants to take a chance on the skiing at Caurngorm, Hilton Coylumbridge has a special anniversary promotion for £50/night B&B in a standard room. There was an option to add 3 course dinner for £16pp (i.e. 30% off) and I believe kids may eat free. Guaranteed room upgrades were from £26/night if you do not want to chance a status upgrade. Hotel reviews are mixed, property appears to be worn and dated but service and restaurant fare better. You need to book this offer directly with the hotel. Since it is not third party hhonors points are earned but unfortunately not the triple points via app or the 5000 visa/app offer. This offer is a saving of at least 50% on typical rates for this hotel.

  • Tom says:

    Just one more off topic question…

    Accor Happy Mondays – what time does the offer start?
    I.e. Is it midnight Sunday, or a specific time on Monday morning?

    Now that they offer rooms for the next 2 weekends, has anyone noticed if availability is better if you book 2 weeks in advance, or do they release more rooms the closer you get?


    • JP says:

      Midnight Sunday, and availability can be different at 1 week/2 weeks out. I tend to find it is better and more choice at 1 week out. I guess for obvious reason that the hotel at 2 weeks out is less sure how many spare rooms they will have than at one week out. Generally check at two weeks out if there is a hotel you want but don’t worry if there is not and wait for 1 week out.

      • Tom says:

        Thanks JP

        • Brian says:

          Availability often varies over the course of the Monday and Tuesday, too. A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to book the Ibis St Pancras, but it wasn’t available at midnight on Sunday, so I went for the Novotel Paddington. But the Ibis was available on Tuesday.

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