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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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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 £12,000 Read our full review

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.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 a long list of travel benefits 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 (34)

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  • Alan says:

    Ditto – takes longer but can be quite different pricing so always worth checking!

  • James says:

    OT of course. I am looking to upgrade my Gold Card to Platinum and have seen a link posted before, has anyone got it to hand for the 20k bonus? Thanks in advance!

  • Geoff says:

    I have never seen any benefits with GoodtoGo parking – just checked for a December long weekend and official parking is 50p cheaper than GTG for standard long stay. Obviously there maybe a discount code later but I’d rather not wait, on the off chance, and then miss the current rates. There may be savings on park and ride options, but I have never fancied that, even less after recent stories about parking tickets and speeding fines. Anyone know where GTG actually park the cars?

    It’s also worth checking prices at other terminals if you don’t mind shuttling between terminals on the day. For long stay at Gatwick we always use south, whatever the terminal, as it is close enough to walk if necessary – which it was once given the melee to get on the bus and no-one respecting any sort of queue.

    • Stephen says:

      I’m finding the same things as well, with their regular pricing, they don’t seem any cheaper than the regular official parking.

      We are traveling next week, for 4 days but just before this latest discount code kicked in – at regular prices GTG is £1.49 more expensive than the official Heathrow parking. Admittedly the official parking site is showing a discount price, but I can’t remember a time in the last 6 months when it wasn’t.

      Given the point of GTG is to offer cheaper parking for leisure (includes a Saturday) travellers, it doesn’t seem to be working!

  • Nick says:

    Completely off topic, but I’ve noticed that the Amex Platinum card is now available in metal (stainless steel) in the US – is it the same for the UK now too?

    • Alan says:

      Could happen but not esp likely – remember in the USA Amex make multiples of what they make here on the interchange fee (hence why the benefits on US cards are so much better)

    • mark2 says:

      I don’t think they have chip and PIN either?

    • Rob says:

      No. It doesn’t mean they won’t do it, but it is being done in the US in response to competition from other cards and that competition doesn’t exist here.

  • Tracy says:

    O/T, I have an ambassador weekend booked for Paris Le Grand this weekend. I booked the Club room because I wanted the lounge access. Just checked and my room has changed to junior suite. Will I still get lounge access?

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