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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)

  • PAL says:

    Washbag marginally better than old one. Contents exactly the same (I.e. Poor)

  • Clive says:

    OT question, if anyone has an idea: If you land at LGW in Virgin UC, which I think doesn’t have an arrivals lounge, and then have to transfer to LHR to fly economy on another airline – could you use your LGW boarding card to use the LHR arrivals lounge when you get there? 🙂

    • Leo says:

      If I remember rightly they check your name on a list of UC passengers arriving into lhr and so eligible to enter – at least that’s what they have done with me. So I’d guess not.

    • Lady London says:

      If your other airline goes from Terminal 2 then I’d recommend the Plaza Premium lounge. Its not an airline lounge so you’ll have to pay in some form but always well run.

  • B T says:


    Just looking for some advise here, I have booked a flight starting in AMS – CPT but have to change airports on the way back in London. Firstly, am I right in saying I will have to collect my luggage and head to the different London airport. And secondly if I “miss” my last leg do I still get the avios and TPs for the 3 legs I did take?

    Much Appriciated.

  • Markc62 says:

    Just input an Avis rental number for a booking in the U.K. next weekend. We booked direct with Avis as there were problems trying to book it via BAEC as we usually do. According to the Avis Rep, we get the same benefits as If we had booked via BAEC & it wa a few £’s cheaper too! The booking is in my partner’s name and he doesn’t have an Iberia Account. However, I used his e-mail address, my name and Iberia Plus account number, and I “won” 1,000 avios! Not an earth shattering amount but as the saying goes “every little helps”! Assuming they actually post to my Iberia account of course!

  • Geoff says:

    Just entered details for a rental in Orlando booked in Feb for late July so not yet taken and booked through Just received 1000 avios so a double bubble.

  • Clive says:

    “Steve Rothstein bought a golden ticket from American Airlines in 1987 — granting him a lifetime of unlimited travel.
    He clocked more than 10 million miles and 10,000 flights.”

  • Jay says:

    O/T just got an email from Club Carlson for a 75% bonus on points purchased. I’ve never dabbled in hotel points before. Is this a good offer?

  • Fenny says:

    OT: Can anyone please remind me of the Hilton public sector code. I had it on my old laptop that died and never managed to transfer the “sticky notes” to the new machine. Ta.