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Get 1,000 Avios with Wine Explorer, the new Laithwaites / British Airways wine club

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British Airways and mail order wine group Laithwaites ran The British Airways Wine Club for many, many years.

At some point in the last couple of years this was quietly retired, although Laithwaite’s continued to offer Avios points with wine purchases.

BA and Laithwaite’s have now launched a new venture – Wine Explorer.

Laithwaites British Airways Wine Explorer

Full details of Wine Explorer can be found on the Laithwaite’s website here.

The introductory offer consists of your choice of three cases of 12 bottles, priced from £53 to £66.  You will receive 1,000 Avios with any of these cases.

Future orders will earn 250 Avios per case.  Importantly, this is NOT a subscription arrangement.  You are not signing up to receive monthly shipments of wine.

There is also a competition running to launch Wine Explorer.  Everyone who buys a case will be entered into a prize draw to win two economy British Airways flights to Santiago, Chile.  As this is the longest flight on the BA network, and will require you to spend 28 hours in economy on the round trip, you may not be too keen on winning …..!  No hotel is provided, just the flights.

This offer runs until 10th April although I expect to see a rotating selection of new member promotions.


British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(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.)

Comments (39)

  • andrew bell says:

    Yep, just fell into this trap as well, all my details painstakingly entered for an expired promotion message.All for 1k Avios and a prize of two flights I Really do not want
    Think I’ll nip down to Majestic instead for better wine and less bother..

  • Eileen E says:

    Yeay. Used Nick C’s link and got my NZ Sauvignon Blanc ordered 1st time. Thanks Nick C.

  • the real harry1 says:

    yep got the NZ case as it looks best value

    I also used the Recommend to Friends link they give you & sent it to my wife, the 3 cases that turned up for her were not as good as the BAEC cases, so I copied & pasted over the BAEC link

    she got the BAEC case instead

    & I still got my £20 credit

  • Serena Wilson says:

    I took them up on the wine offer, a first time purchase. Avios received already but only 250, not the 1000 that I was expecting.

    • Andy says:

      I’m worried about that as,well. Purchased through the link and no reference to being expired, so I will be chasing them up,with a screenshot if I only get the 250

      • Rolfe says:

        Email them with your order number if the extra points don’t arrive: [email protected] I got a response within a few hours saying the extra points would be added, and I should allow up to 14 days to see them hit my balance.

        • Bec says:

          Thanks for the tip – I did this as I only received 250 avios and they have advised I will be credited within 14 days.

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