News in brief:
Decent SWISS sale out of Italy
SWISS business class and, in particular, first class has an excellent reputation. I was one of the last people to redeem for Swiss First – here is my review – before they changed the rules and restricted to it Miles & More Gold and HON members.
Fares are available to pretty much everywhere except the US. Bangkok, Delhi, Bombay, Hong Kong, Jo’burg, São Paulo, Singapore etc are included.
Two people must travel together. You can fly from any Italian airport served by SWISS and open jaw tickets work, so you can fly back to a different Italian city if you want.
A typical return fare is €1,299 per person from Italy to Bangkok in Business. First Class is an impressive, given the quality of the SWISS product, €2,500 per person. Other destinations are a little higher but not much. Johannesburg looks especially good at this level.
You must buy by 22nd May and fly before 28th February 2018. Remember that you need to search for a price for two people on the SWISS website here.
Free Heathrow Express upgrade for Star Alliance Gold
I haven’t mentioned this for ages, so I wanted to remind you that if you have Star Gold status via any of the frequent flyer schemes in the Star Alliance, you can still claim a free First Class upgrade on Heathrow Express.
Note that in theory you must be travelling on a full-fare Standard Class ticket. In reality, it seems that most train stuff neither know or care if you took advantage of a discount promotion when buying.
Finnair launching UK services to Lapland
If you’ve ever had a secret wish to visit Lapland, Finnair can make your dream come true this winter. Even better, you can use Avios to make it happen. This is an opportunity to try winter activities such as ice fishing, seeing the Northern Lights, skiing, husky safaris and reindeer sleigh rides.
The airline has announced a new route between London Gatwick and Kittilä. This is in addition to the previously announced Gatwick to Ivalo service.
Flights will operate weekly between 12th December and 20th March.
An economy return to Kittilä will cost 20,000 Avios plus £96 tax – this feels a little pricey so do compare cash prices. Business class is not available.
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.)