News in brief:
Last day to get 1,200 Avios for £30 LEGO spend
Today (Monday) is the last day to earn 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin Flying Club miles for spending £30 on LEGO Disney Princess.
This is a Tesco Direct offer. You will receive 500 bonus Clubcard points which you can convert into 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin miles when you receive your Clubcard vouchers.
This Shopper Points article looks at the deal in more detail. The full list of available LEGO Disney Princess sets is here.
More information on LEVEL
On Saturday I wrote about IAG’s new low-cost airline LEVEL. Based in Barcelona, at least initially, it will offer another opportunity to earn or redeem Avios points.
Since I wrote that article I have got hold of some more information about how the airline will operate:
In Flight Entertainment will NOT be free on LEVEL. It will be free on Day 1 but this is only an introductory offer. If you’ve booked for a flight a few months out then you might have an unpleasant surprise.
Food will cost a fixed €35 each way which gets you two meals. Both meals will have at least one hot option. It seems that snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase.
Avios tickets will not book into the cheapest ticket category (LEVEL). This means that you WILL receive a free checked bag, free seat selection and food.
There are reports that BA status card holders are getting free seat selection at the moment, probably because flights are being booked via the Iberia website. In theory, though, you will receive NO status benefits on LEVEL if you have BA, Iberia or any other shiny oneworld card. There are no circumstances, irrespective of status or whatever ticket type you buy, that you will get you lounge access, fast track security or an additional free luggage allowance.
Here is the bizarre bit. LEVEL will be part of the Joint Business Agreement on transatlantic flights between AA, Finnair and IAG. This means that the flights will be subsidised by higher paying economy and premium economy passengers from the other airlines. Under the Joint Business Agreement, all of the revenue from participating airlines is thrown into one big pot and then divided up based on passenger volumes. As LEVEL will in theory have cheaper ticket prices than AA or Finnair (or BA or Iberia), it will presumably receive more back from the JBA than it pays in.
Seat selection will cost as much as €67 each way (exit row aisle or window)
LEVEL flights will earn On Business points, although the numbers have not been agreed yet
LEVEL flights will earn tier points but ONLY for Iberia Plus cardholders
You WILL be able to book connecting flights on AA, BA, Air Nostrum and Vueling and have your luggage checked through to your final destination – but only if the connecting flight is an Iberia codeshare
No pets allowed
No unaccompanied minors allowed
Tickets allow re-routing on Iberia and British Airways in case of disruption. This offers a degree of security given that LEVEL will only have two aircraft at the start.
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.
(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.)