avios.com has launched a new Winter promotion offering discounted Avios redemptions.
This year there are only two options: New York and Boston.
These deals are NOT available via British Airways Executive Club. If you want to book, you will need an avios.com account (which restricts the deal to UK residents) so you can transfer your points across from BA using ‘Combine My Avios’ online. This means that you will not be able to combine it with a BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher although I imagine a Lloyds Avios Rewarda card upgrade voucher would be ok.
The rules are restrictive:
You will save 50% on the Avios required for a World Traveller (economy) redemption
…. but you must book by 28th November
…. for flights which must start and end between 1st and 14th December
…. and full taxes must be paid (£368 from Heathrow, £339 from Gatwick to New York)
The Avios required will be 13,000 points per person, return.
I was able to find cash tickets – with a Saturday night stay involved – from £436 on Delta during this period, which means that you are still getting poor value for your points.
The only value would be if you wanted to travel during the week without a Saturday night stay, which tends to bump up the cost. A trip from 6th to 9th December, for example, was no cheaper than £1,041 for a direct economy flight which makes the Avios deal look very attractive.
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.)