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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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  • David says:

    Same here.

  • Peter Taysum says:

    As above…

    Why go to Tesco anymore for overpriced goods that screws producers with their monopsony power? I don’t.

    With the Shell App I’m getting a bonus 100 points (50 Avios) every week.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Is there a bonus offer on? I’ve been using Tesco as Momentum 99 is pretty decent fuel and the premium is far lower but it’s out of the way and my PayQwiq offer is running out.

      PS would be good if we could use PayQwiq at pumps

  • Eileen E says:

    Like a lot of others already, I tried to order this and received the message that the offer has expired, yet the page mentions ordering a case before 10th April to qualify. Strange

  • Vickie says:

    I also get the message to advise that it has expired despite the website saying it is open until 10 April. Going to mail them and see what the response is

  • Nick_C says:

    I just placed an order using the link in an email that I got from BAEC on Wednesday. Went through fine. Ordered the NZ Sauvignon Blancs. Just got an email confirmation for the order.

  • Neil says:

    The prize is pretty poor – economy flights from Heathrow so excludes all of us in the regions. Thanks BA

    • mark2 says:

      Which regions are banned from flying from Heathrow then? Is West Midlands?

    • Graeme says:

      some folk are never happy …

      • Alan says:

        Although it is a recurring issue with BA competitions and sadly a reflection of how little regard/thought they tend to have for those not flying direct from London.

  • Mac says:

    Just tried to buy and got the same message as others offer expired. I am wondering if we are in a time warp and today is in fact the 10th April and not the 26th Feb.

  • Neil says:

    I just tried to buy it. Input all the delivery, personal and payment details and it says it’s expired!!

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