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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.

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.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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

30,000 Avios and the famous annual 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (39)

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  • Anon says:

    Sounds good initial deal, hope the wine is as promised, isnt coirked when opening and doesn’t leave a bad aftertaste. :p

    Sorry couldn’t resist, promise I’ll refrain from more bitchy puns, had to get that one out of my system! :D.

  • Mr Fluff says:

    Just tried this and got the message that the offer has now expired!? Hasn’t lasted very long!

  • Mike says:

    Probably not worth the money.

    Mixed cases always contain some poor wines.

    Would rather go to Aldi or Lidl spend less and get better.

  • Bec says:

    Yes it said it expired for me too

  • Genghis says:

    I think I’ll pass. The offer isn’t great and I stocked up on some well priced stuff from Majestic Calais a few weeks ago.

  • Brighton Belle says:

    Haven’t seen a 1000 Clubcard wine promo in a long time. This and the stopping of Clubcard points on any gift cards means I have no incentive to go to Tesco’s stores any more. They seem to have given up on points collectors and don’t know how to respond to Aldi and Lidl.. Must be over £6k on my fuel, food and booze they have chosen to reject.

    • Nick_C says:

      It’s still worth going to Tesco for fuel if you have a Tesco Credit Card. Use the Credit Card purely as a club card, and you get 1 CC point for every £1 spent. But use your BAPP to actually pay for the fuel. I think this is the best rate you can get anywhere on fuel.

      Also worth regularly topping up at Tesco at the moment to get the Payqwiq bonus, if you haven;t already maxed it out.

  • Alex W says:

    I did an e-rewards survey recently about buying wine at Tesco. In the 20 minutes or so, Clubcard wasn’t mentioned once. There were a few free text boxes at the end which I used to ask for more CC points 🙂

  • Mr Fluff says:

    Yeh it’s a bit weird that it doesn’t tell you when you first hit the page, rather than once you’ve entered all your info…

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