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News in brief:

Intriguing Iberia / Avis promotion

Iberia and Avis have launched an interesting new promotion to win a share of 25,000,000 Avios.

This is how it works.  You book and complete an Avis rental, anywhere in the world, between 1st and 31st July.  You then go to this website and input the 11-digit booking reference.

You will instantly receive a prize of between 250 and 100,000 Avios into your Iberia Plus account.

In theory you must be based in Spain to play.  However, it may well work for others unless Iberia is blocking the posting of miles to non-Spanish accounts.

Here is the odd thing.  The rules make no mention of having to credit the original rental to Iberia.  In theory, you can take an Avis rental you credited to another airline, put the number into this website and claim some Iberia Plus Avios too.

Will it work …..?  If anyone has booked and completed an Avis rental this month, please give it a go and let us know.

Avis 350

Old 1950’s BA amenity kits

Reader Kate – who, bizarrely, recognised me in a remote Austrian ski hotel when we were away in February – was at the IWM Duxford (the Duxford Air Museum) recently and kindly sent me these pictures of old British Airways amenity kits from the 1950’s.

For the man (click to enlarge – you should be able to read the notes):

British Airways amenity kit a

and for the woman:

British Airways amenity kit b

Things have definitely gone downhill since then …. although I haven’t seen the new Liberty First Class bags yet.  I found out last week that Anika got one on the British Airways press flight at Easter but it never made it into the office.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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 Amex Gold

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

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

10,500 points bonus – 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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.

(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 (98)

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  • Tracy says:

    Just won 9000 Avios on Avis booking. Booked in April through Expedia for 14 day booking 28th June to 12th July. Thanks for the heads up for this promotion 🙂

  • Ian says:

    Doesn’t seem to work for me. The avis no I have 8 digits then GB then 1 digit. Have others that have won had a similar code?

  • netxu says:

    Just “won” 18.000 avios with an avis rental booked last week through the avisiberia website (nnnnnnnnESn format). The car rental is for mid-august and the avios are supposed to post 6-8 weeks after the rental and no later than September 30th, so… let’s see what happens!
    Thanks for the post Rob!

    • the real harry1 says:

      haha just put in a swiped reservation number and got:
      Congratulations you have won 1,000 Avios!

      Following the completion of your qualifying rental, your Avios prize will be awarded. Please note it can take between 6-8 weeks for Avios to be credited to your account after the rental period has ended.

      Note: Incorrect, incomplete, duplicate or false numbers may have triggered this prize notification, but prizes will only be awarded to valid Qualifying Reservation numbers with a corresponding Rental Agreement number. Only one entry per reservation. See Terms and Conditions for full details.

      • the real harry1 says:

        and again! another 1000 Avios

        • the real harry1 says:

          Congratulations you have won 18,000 Avios! 🙂

          3rd time lucky

          Not actually giving them my real details as I guess it’s a fairly easily detectable fraud

          but for anybody less scrupulous, easy to dredge up genuine reservation numbers online…

          • BrianDT says:

            18k for me too, booked a cheapo,very, (sub £20 for a day !) However, when i went back a bit later to screen save, the page had reverted back to inputting the rental details again, which i was loath to do, just in case it got screwed up.So, we will see as I can’t see anyway to retrieve my ‘winnings.’

          • the real harry1 says:

            18K seems to be coming up fairly often – I reckon the chances of getting it are not too bad at all (and if you don’t win 18K, the other amounts are pretty good, so equate to a decent discount on cheap rentals)

            somebody with more time could try (say) renting 2 cars a day @ £20 – for a few days – to see what the return is

  • Holiday guy says:

    My Avis booking ref number is shorter than 11 digits (UK rental). Format is #NNNNNNN, any idea how we can get the 11 digit number?

  • Tom says:

    Just won 18,000 with a rental from DFW for a week!
    Now the long wait to see if they post……

  • Sue says:

    Avis booking made yesterday, 18,000 Avios bonus. 2nd booking today, tried entering rental agreement number but no response. Tried re-entering several times today to no avail. Has anyone found a way around this? Booking made via Iberia website, meets all criteria.

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