News in brief:
British Airways New York Christmas deal
BA Holidays has launched two excellent deals if you want to get away for Christmas or New Year:
Club World flights + 3 nights in a hotel from £1,199 per person
First Class flights + 3 nights in a hotel from £1,949 per person
Departure dates run from 20th December to 1st January.
Full details can be found here on the BA Holidays premium deals page. Book by midnight on Monday.
100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points TODAY
IHG Rewards Club has been running a Cyber Monday promotion this week – which ends TODAY – offering a 100% bonus when you buy points.
The page to buy is here. You need to log in for the deal to show.
I won’t go into the debate about whether this is a good deal or not – you certainly won’t lose money if you buy at this price – but you can see my thoughts in this article from the last time they had this deal.
You also get a 10% discount today on the cash element of ‘cash and points’ redemption bookings. These must be booked for stays between 28th November and 31st January, excluding New Years Eve. The price ends up virtually the same to buying the additional points via the main offer although the exact amount depends on what ‘cash and points’ options an individual hotel is offering. You can book those via the main ihg.com site.
25% off Iberia redemptions from Cardiff
Iberia Express flies from Cardiff to Madrid and this route is bookable with Avios, albeit via Iberia Plus.
In order to move Avios to Iberia Plus via Combine My Avios, your Iberia account must be 90 days old and have earned 1 Avios point.
Until 31st December, redemptions on the Cardiff to Madrid route are discounted by 25%. As this is Iberia Express, not Vueling, business class is also available.
Before booking, check out cash prices on the Iberia Express site as these are not generally expensive flights anyway. Note the flights only operate on Thursdays and Sundays. You must fly from 6th to 17th April or 8th to 28th June.
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.