News in brief:
Plaza Premium lounge in Terminal 5 under construction
As you can see from these two photographs, which I took yesterday, the new Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 is now under construction.
It is situated by Gate A7, which means it is in a parallel position to the Aspire lounge but at the north end of the terminal. I have no idea how it is meant to hold the 175 seats promised by Plaza Premium – I can only assume it must wrap substantially around the back.
(The kids play area has been moved to Gate A2 if you were wondering.)
Hilton Summer sale now on
Hilton’s summer sale started yesterday with an exclusive preview sale for Hilton Honors members.
Until 19th June Hilton Honors members can book Europe and UK weekend stays at up to 25% off.
Included is for example the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice for £239 per night instead of £319 (the Hilton Honors changeable and refundable rate is £309).
That said, the 25% saving is on the Best Available Bed & Breakfast rate and is non refundable so it cannot be directly compared to a refundable rate. These deals do usually offer a saving on the usual ‘advanced purchase’ rate however. A full prepayment needs to be made at time of booking.
This rate is only available for weekend stays in the UK and Europe between 16th June and 8th October 2017.
If you aren’t a Hilton Honors member, yet you can sign up when booking your stay on this Hilton website.
BA releases 10,000 Club World Avios seats over Christmas
British Airways sent an email out to some Executive Club members yesterday, but only a handful, to let them know that 10,000 additional Club World Avios seats have been released for travel over Christmas.
The dates covered are 18th December to 5th January.
10,000 Club World seats is more than 500 per day, so if you have tried and failed to find a suitable Christmas or New Year break destination it is worth having another look over at ba.com.
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.