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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.

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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 from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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)

  • Markc62 says:

    For BA holidays, try using their Customise my trip function BUT enter the flight details to and from the SAME destination. I didn’t book but did a dummy booking 2 – 3 days ago and got a good price for a ten day trip to Madrid but only one hotel night at the end of the trip and 9 other nights I was going to book myself in various other cities. The only reason I didn’t book is because we postponed until next year. But I did book Gatwick-Venice-Athens-Heathrow and booked a hotel for one night in Athens, for a 19 day trip, It was good value but only a little cheaper than booking separately BUT it means I only paid £100 deposit instead of paying in full. I don’t mind losing £100 if plans had to change. Better than paying in full for non refundable flights.

    • Polly says:

      Mark, that’s very useful to know, so effectively you are gaining flexibility in booking, and still allowed to add on just one night. Good to know…that’s where we really value our avios flexibility with family Dublin trips. Don’t have to keep cancelling flights as plans change, just hope avios availability is there when we need it. Each to their own….

    • Anna says:

      Every time I’ve tried to book a trip with less than the full duration stay/ car hire in the past 3 years I’ve been told I need to pay the full amount up front! What am I doing wrong?

      • Anna says:

        This is really odd. I did a dummy booking via “Customise your trip” for 7 nights in Madrid with a 2 night hotel stay and got the option of paying a deposit, however several searches for long haul destinations all demanded full payment up front. Has anyone managed to book a long haul trip with a hotel/car for only part of the trip and just had to pay a deposit?

        I did wonder if the website was just playing up, but I was told some time ago by a CSA that I couldn’t pay a deposit only on a trip to my preferred (long haul) destination unless I also booked a hotel or car for the same duration.

  • wayne sam says:

    Just tried the Avis, Iberia comp. From a rental in June so I don’t expect the awarded 1000 avios to be credited in the next 6-8 weeks. The rental was in Spain but pre-booked in Uk. Via BA.

  • Planenuts says:

    By chance off to Amsterdam in Sep, so booked the car this morning. Didn’t risk using my BA Account opted for Iberia Plus instead but was instantly informed I had won 18000 Avios – thanks for the tip.

    Mal

    • Cate says:

      Don’t you have to complete by July 31st?

      • NickS says:

        Ive just checked the Ts & Cs and they say 1. You must be resident in Spain and you must collect the car by 31st July but they allow you to complete the rental by end August….but my booking is for September (and I’m not resident in Spain – my IB plus account has a UK address so guess my award wont now happen??? though strange that ive been allocated the 18000 avios bonus when it appears I am not eligible in the first place on either count as I only made the booking in July but wont start it till september you would have thought the system might have picked this up??? Now not holding my breath that I will ever get the bonus!!!

  • Cate says:

    Thanks for the tip on Avis. Shame, just going to miss it but at least they do regular incentives so may do better next time 🙂

  • It’s being reported on FlyerTalk that this is yet another BA IT bug, and that you can still book 1-nighter packages by phone

      • Anna says:

        So it’s a bug in the booking process but BA customer services told me it was a new policy?! I think at this point I am actually going to write to them and demand clarification!

    • Anna says:

      I’ve been playing around with the system a bit and it’s allowing me the option of paying a deposit with a multi-stop trip, but not with a single destination such as Bermuda. It’s good to know this option may still exist for future reference! I was definitely told that it was no longer the case by Customer services though, which is very annoying if it turns out I was given the wrong info.

      • Anna says:

        I’ve put a post on Flyertalk as well to see whether anyone has a definitive answer. If true, it means that I’ve been experiencing this “glitch” for 3 years and also been lied to by BA!

  • Andrew says:

    The other negative change is the loss of ability to book a holiday from a regional airport.

    Any attempts to do a search on a holiday from Edinburgh or Glasgow results in an error and defaults back to Heathrow.

    • Anna says:

      What an absolute shambles – or is it a ploy to make you book separately and have to collect and re-check your bags?!

    • Dave Barron says:

      Yeah noticed that too. Can’t book BA holidays from Newcastle anymore either. Clearly yet another BA IT failure after their recent “improvements”. BA is becoming a farce. How hard is it to get this right? Or is it the next stage of rebranding to London Airways?!?

    • Alan says:

      Quelle surprise on that front sadly – all the low fare finders, etc. rarely worked except ex-LON either. Stupid on their part though, will both lose them business and tie there phones up more.

  • ant says:

    Not sure what i am doing wrong, as i also have a booking for next week done via Avisba website. But when i put in the reservation no and press submit it tells me the reservation number is not correct or does not qualify.

    • Nils Krumrey says:

      That website seems to be a bit flaky (continuing the trend of shoddy IAG IT). I had a completed booking from this month (booked directly pre-paid with Avis UK but credited to BA) where it wouldn’t accept the reservation number, so I thought I’d try the rental agreement number even though it is a digit short. Because I had left the last digit filled in from my previous attempt with the reservation number it actually accepted that and I supposedly won 1000 Avios. That number was definitely NOT valid.

      We’ll see whether it posts 🙂

  • Robbie says:

    I tried two Avis bookings one is my regular monthly rental and is not credited to any FFP and the other was for a weekend rental that was for the 30th June to 2nd July (Which I thought may be enough in July to count and was credited to BA) neither one worked but at the same time neither one rejected. On clicking submit it simply reloaded the page but gave no message of any time.

    Sorry I couldn’t help to explain it but I guess either my bookings are not qualifiable or the website is not working at the moment – I may try again in a few days.

    • kwisstan says:

      I have “won” 500 avios for my rental last week, the original credit was BAEC. Rental was ordered on 2nd July and rental period was 3rd until 7th.