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News in brief:

Win 10,000 Avios and a weekend break with Mercure

Mercure, the mid-market brand within the Accor hotel group, is currently running a free draw.

The prize is 10,000 Le Club AccorHotels points and a weekend break for two, with breakfast, in a Mercure hotel.

10,000 Le Club AccorHotels points would convert into 10,000 Avios points via Iberia Plus (but only 5,000 Avios via, so don’t do that!).  Alternatively, you could turn them into €200 of Accor vouchers.

The page to enter is here.   All you need is enter your name, email and Le Club AccorHotels membership number.  That’s it.

The closing date is 19th May.  Thanks to Steve.

Mercure Manchester

Good To Go Parking sale

Good To Go Parking is the ‘secret’ own-label parking company set up by Heathrow Airport Parking.

We explained how Good To Go Parking works in this article.  As long as you stay over a Saturday night, Good To Go lets you book the official Heathrow car parks for not much more than you’d pay for offsite parking – and a lot less than you’d pay via Heathrow Airport Parking.

For bookings made by 21st May, for parking which begins between 5th June and 7th July, Good To Go is offering a 15% discount.  You need to use promo code GETAWAY on the main website.

Good To Go Parking

Charles Tyrwhitt shirt offer

Charles Tyrwhitt, the shirt company, recently became an Avios partner.  You will earn 4 Avios points per £1 you spend with them.

Interestingly, the offer is valid however you purchase.  As well as online or mail-order – where you add your BA or number to the order form – you also get points instore.  All you need to do is tell them your account number when you pay.

Tyrwhitt emailed me yesterday with a new promotion.  Until the end of May, code UKAFB6 gets you £10 off a £50 order placed via the website here.  The discount applies to all merchandise, even items in their clearance sale.  You will still earn Avios on top.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(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.)

Comments (34)

  • Timothy Firmager says:

    CT used to earn 12 Avios / £ for as long as I can remember up until the end of last year, when this rate massively reduced.
    In store purchase is a useful perk, but 4 Avios / £ is not necessarily going to sway to me be loyal to them going forward.

  • Court says:

    OT but just thought I’d let people know, we had a baby April 2016 and both dropped to bronze July and October last year. I emailed [email protected] after they announced their new policy asking if there was anything they could do with us. We both woke up today to find we’d been promoted back to Silver as if we’d just achieved it, so valid till July and October 2018!

    Thanks BA, and there was me considering shuffling off to EZ after my last long haul in September.

    • the real harry1 says:

      very generous, maybe BA is going to try to be extra nice in Customer Service terms

      I might as well get on first the first stage of my claim for the free F&B, as I’ll need deadlock agreed in any case before taking it forward

      • TripRep says:

        Good luck getting the deadlock letter, expect the same rolled out template of insincere “apologies” x 3 before you get any success. Best to treat it as an amusing sport or a role play game, that’s a good coping mechanism for keeping your resolve and your sanity intact.

    • AVM says:

      Wow, that’s nice! Did you have to email a proof, i.e. a birth certificate?

    • jamie says:

      hi, emailed them with similar request on 3rd may – heard nothing. how long did they take to reply?


      • Court says:

        I mailed them the same day I think – the day it was announced on I expected nothing so was pleasantly surprised this morning to see us both get promoted.

        I sent an image of the birth certificate, the baby’s passport for the fun of it and all 3 of our BAEC numbers.

  • Tim says:

    1500 avois for first order as well.

    I’ve just purchased 5 shirts plus free tie for £100. Went in store to try on for size and then ordered online.

    • Rob says:

      The 1,500 Avios is targetted to those who were mailed the card by BA. It doesnt accept your BA number otherwise – I tried it.

    • Moktar says:

      Is there a minimum order for the first order bonus? Can’t see it mentioned anywhere

    • GK says:

      Yes I got that offer in the post. Avios credited today, shirts on their way..

  • Rob says:

    40 Savile Row are very good if you want made to measure shirts. Go see Max and tell him I sent you. I would actually spend £1k on 5 MTM shirts rather than a low end MTM suit, especially if your suit jacket hangs on a peg all day.

  • Nick M says:

    Very OT, but as lots of you live/work in London I thought someone may be able to help…

    Does anyone know any suitable parking near Evelina hospital (St Thomas & Guys) – near Westminster Bridge? We’ll need it for 12-36 hrs.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Have a look on here or something like JustPark etc. I only know of a little further away nearer Southward/Borough (under the arches on Union Street).

    • Nick M says:

      Thanks both – the Britannia one looks ideal and also showing as the top option on Parkopedia 🙂

  • John says:

    The Mercure in the picture above is Manchester Piccadilly. This is one I used to stay in for £40 for happy Mondays. It’s very old and tired so is the one in Brighton. So old even the floors creeked through the night but for £40 you couldn’t complain. I once spent £60 extra in the bar in Brighton and used to meet people for a drink in the manchester one due to the view of Piccadilly. I can’t help think without some kind of offer or promotion these hotels will struggle without massive investment. Being happy Happy Mondays.

    • RussellH says:

      I have only stayed there once since it became a Mercure. Before that it was a Ramada Jarvis – a whole swathe of which became Mercures after RJ went bust. It seemed to be the Manchester base for Pakistam International aircrew.

      I used to be able to get very cheap stays through a wholesaler I worked with…

      One night the fire alarm went off at about 0200 – not fun walking down the many stairs of the fire escape! It was a genuine alarm, sort of. I spoke to the manager the next morning (he came into the breakfast room in order to apologise to guests); he told me that someone had been lighting candles in his room, which set off the alarm. Then, to try and stop the alarm, he kept on hitting it and smashed it off the ceiling…

      A large bill was going to be submitted – no idea if it was ever paid.

  • n says:

    OT: After asking on the comments a few weeks ago re Avios seats to TYO of CPT, plans have since changed and things are leaning towards CPT now.

    No J availability for the outbound, but there is for the inbound (via JNB). Would it be worth booking PE out and J back and crossing fingers/toes/digits for J to open up (EF alerts across a few different flights) or is likelihood of that happening tiny?

    • Aliks says:

      I think the likelihood is slim – CPT is a very, very popular destination, and you are probably waiting for someone to cancel exactly the days you want.

    • MarkH says:

      Unlikely I would say if my experience this morning is anything to go by.

      I called BA to add my CPT return flights in J to my 2-4-1 redemption for April 2018. By 1.06am when they managed to get my booking details up the seats had gone so they added CPT-JNB and JNB-LHR instead for the same avios and taxes (which I thought couldn’t be used for 2-4-1 redemptions)

  • JamesB says:

    There’s a fundamental problem with made to measure though, particularly in middle age.

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