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News in brief:

Get 25% off a Priority Pass airport lounge card

To celebrate its 25% anniversary, Priority Pass is offering 25% off its airport lounge access cards for a limited period.

If both you and your partner travel heavily, you’d get a better overall deal by paying £450 for American Express Platinum which comes with two Priority Pass cards, each of which gives you a free guest as well.  This means a family of four can get into a lounge.

For more occasional travellers, buying a pass outright may make sense.  There are various combinations of upfront fee vs on-going cost per visit, although oddly you cannot buy a card which does what the Amex Plat card does, ie unlimited access for you and a guest.

Priority Pass cards start at £51 in the sale, although most people would find the ‘£127 with 10 free visits’ version better value.  Details of the various options are here.

Finnair A350 350

Good Asia sale on Finnair

Finnair has launched its Summer sale.

There are special Business Class fares to Asia from the UK via Helsinki, valid until 20th June 2017 for travel between 1st September 2017 and 31st March 2018 (dates vary by route).

What makes this sale attractive is that:

you can start from London, Manchester and Edinburgh

Finnair flights earn Avios and British Airways tier points

Finnair is flying brand a new A350 aircraft on many routes with excellent business class seats

Compared to the Club World seat the 1-2-1 configuration is a major improvement. You can read Rob’s review of the new Finnair A350 business class seat here.

During the sale a return flight to Shanghai in Business Class starts at £1,428 (not bad for a flight starting in London) and return flights to Tokyo start at £2,505 (a bit toppy).

Click here to see the prices out of London, Edinburgh and Manchester in both business and economy class.

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 (46)

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  • mark2 says:

    On Thursday (with any luck) we shall be making our first BA F flight out of Heathrow (to Seattle) timed at 0920.
    Am I correct in assuming that we should have breakfast in the Concorde Lounge?
    Also the menu for lunch contains phrases like ‘pan-fried’; are the dishes actually cooked on the plane or just re-heated please?

  • the real harry1 says:

    well seeing as Genghis got named & shamed today (cheap), I thought might as well join the ‘outed’ gang

    yep big fat puff

    well, not really – 3 kids – tbh couldn’t really give a damn so live & let live lol

    but in my mission to not pay trough the nose for a wee snifter…

    LHR T3 = disaster zone on Friday -no pub (closed for refurbishment) & I’m not paying for lounge x2 when I’ve not go enough time to swing a cat

    restaurant bars all packed & queues

    what would you do?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Go straight to gate and pay Starbucks £5?

      What I did on Thursday. Delay coming in and I’m at the damned 5c with no £15 Starbucks credit anymore?

      • Alan says:

        Yeah I think that went a year or so ago? Shame, used it a couple of times.

        • the real harry1 says:

          nope I got 2 pints of Guinness in the T3 pub @ Easter – £4.90 each, which was reasonable

          • the real harry1 says:

            going back to my original question: clue – bear in mind I take out a bit of frozen meat – this time a very nice joint of beef plus some lamb

            (bet that’ll become impossible after Brexit!)

          • Alan says:

            How does that relate to the £15 Starbucks credit?

          • Alan says:

            Ah, you were replying to TGloyalty!

  • Waribai says:

    Just seen Alex Cruz apologising for the IT outage. Fair enough but what’s with the Hi Viz vest? Bizzare 🙂

  • Talay says:


    Etihad claims much but as a fairly regular user of their business class product on LHR-BKK via AUH I personally think the latest changes are quite noticeable.

    I have always thought they had too few staff on the A380 when business class is full. Flying yesterday confirmed that. Delivery was slow, requests were ignored or to ages to reply and staff few in numbers.

    Of the product side, the wine list is downgraded with weaker items on all categories including some obscure Scottish gin. Food was pretty bad really with very overcooked beef. The long time to arrival though made me hesitate to send it back for replacement. The cheese plate is now down to 2 cheeses and 4 grapes plus some quince.

    When the mileage for these flights comes in it will be enough for a reward ticket and that might be the end of Etihad for us.

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