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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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes 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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  • 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: customerservice@laithwaites.co.uk 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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