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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.

IHG Rewards Club

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 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 (53)

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  • the real harry says:

    any decent Shop Small ideas?

    going to look up a pub or 2 for tomorrow, going for a bit of a hike starting from Padstow so might as well tank up the engine 🙂

    • mark2 says:

      Do any of your local shops sell gift cards? I have arranged for the lingerie emporium and artisan jeweller to take £10 off each card and issue a gift card for the total (We currently have 16 cards between us). I shall be helping my wife look after an art exhibition in another town so have a map with all the ShopSmall merchants marked and shall be visiting the wine merchant, deli etc. and having dinner in the Italian restaurant.

  • Barry cutters says:

    Sorry o/t. I’m thinking wether it’s a good idea to have so many bookings going forward on my ihg account . I would expect another accelerate offer to come out soon. I have 8 or 9 2/3 night stayes already booked in my account for January fen March. Previously I have always had really easy targets and have hit the last three accelerate bonuses 100% however it never had this amount of bookings. Do you think I will suffer in my target due to a higher number of pre bookings. Work pay for all my hotels so have no reason why I can’t cancel them all now . I am spire ambassador
    Thansk

    • Johnnycl says:

      Can’t say for sure, but IME it takes a while for the accelerate targets to reflect changes in your booking patterns.

      For crack the case and the subsequent promo I had stretching but achievable targets that I hit but the next one was crazy and I switched 100% to Hilton. It’s just been on this last accelerate that the no. nights has been lower and I’ve partially achieved the tasks.

      So, I wouldn’t worry about your bookings having any impact as it seems to take a year or two to reflect in what they offer. I reckon they would only look historically too, but that’s just my theory!

      • Barry cutters says:

        Yea I’m just worried that they are going to see what I have booked and think I’m going to do that many nights anyway so let’s offer him a stupid target , or a low reward. Accelerate is such a good promo

        • Peter K says:

          What you also need to think is that the more stays you book the more “value” you get from being Spire. It’s not just points gained but also gaining enjoyment from the stays that lead to them!

  • Nick says:

    Which post office amex promo? I don’t see anything?

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