News in brief:
Join the Avios graduate recruitment scheme
If you, or a frequent flyer enthusiast you know, are currently in their last year at university or have recently graduated, you might find the Avios graduate recruitment scheme of interest.
Frankly, if you read this site every day you’re probably a shoo in for the job …..
Full details are here. You will be based in sunny Crawley on a starting salary of £25,000, which seems surprisingly decent by IAG standards.
Over two years you will spend six months in four different roles before being slotted into the role that suits you best. Travel perks include BA staff standby tickets (turn up the airport with your suitcase, if there is a seat left when check-in closes you can have it) and ‘New Joiner Avios & Birthday Avios’!
Malaysia Airlines offering free First Class upgrades out of London
Malaysia Airlines has launched a ‘free upgrade to First Class’ promotion for travellers between London and Kuala Lumpur. As Malaysia Airlines is a oneworld member, you will earn British Airways Executive Club Avios and tier points with your flight so they are worth a look if work takes you to KL this Spring.
Until 31st January – and only when booked via a travel agent as this offer is not available online – you will receive:
an upgrade to First Class (‘A’ ticket bucket, if available) when you book Business Class (‘C’ class)
an upgrade to First Class (‘F’ ticket bucket, so always available) when you book Business Class (‘J’ class)
Malaysia runs two flights per day from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur and, whilst they are due to be phased out in the medium term, both currently operate with an A380.
If you are travelling for leisure, Malaysia is currently selling business class tickets to KL for £1,800 in its sale, although these are not in the required ticket buckets to be upgraded.
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.