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Bits: ‘Buy Avios’ bonus, more on Kimpton / Accelerate, new JAL London service

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News in brief:

Up to 30% bonus when you buy Avios

Iberia Plus has launched a new ‘buy Avios’ promotion which runs until 30th July.

The offer is:

10% bonus when you buy 2,000 to 15,000 Avios

20% bonus when you buy 20,000 to 80,000 Avios

30% bonus when you buy 85,000 to 100,000 Avios

At the top end, you will be paying €1,800 for 130,000 Avios.  Given the weak £, this works out at 1.22p per Avios based on £1,593.  You would need to add a 3% foreign exchange fee to this price if your credit card has one.

I would not usually be a buyer at this price unless I had a very specific redemption in mind which I knew would be worth more than I am paying.  Don’t forget that BA had a 50% flash sale just three weeks ago and such offers appear to be more common than they were.  I don’t see why a 20% bonus – which is what most people would get given the price ranges – is too exciting.

The exact rules for who can buy Iberia Plus Avios are always confusing.  You MUST have been an Iberia Plus member for 90 days before you can transfer Avios from Iberia to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’.  I think you also need to have earned at least one Avios point in your Iberia account before you can buy points although that may have changed.  Thanks to Andrew.

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More on Kimpton Amsterdam and IHG Accelerate

I wrote yesterday that IHG Rewards Club was denying credit for their Accelerate promotion to guests at the new Kimpton De Witt hotel in Amsterdam.

Whilst every other Kimpton hotel globally is part of the Kimpton Karma scheme, De Witt Amsterdam is part of IHG Rewards Club.  You can earn and redeem IHG points with the hotel, so it was bizarre that it did not count towards the major Accelerate promotion this quarter.

IHG has now told me that this is a mistake and that it will be corrected.  My Accelerate home page has not yet updated, but I will give it time.  You don’t need to start moving bookings away from Kimpton De Witt due to the lack of Accelerate credit.

This means that my stay in Paris next week will trigger 11,200 bonus Accelerate points for ‘staying in two overseas countries’.  Which is nice.

JAL SkySuite

New Avios redemption option to Tokyo

Japan Airlines, a BA partner in the oneworld alliance, has announced a second daily flight from Heathrow to Tokyo from 29th October.

The flight will depart Heathrow at 09.30, landing at Haneda at 06.25.

JAL has said that the service will feature the new Sky Suite product in Business Class, pictured above.  This uses the herringbone layout favoured by Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and – on refurbished planes – American Airlines.

You can redeem Avios points for flights on JAL although you cannot use a British Airways American Express 241 voucher.  You should also remember that partner redemptions always charged at peak day pricing, irrespective of whether BA is charging peak or off-peak prices at the same time.

That said, if you are redeeming for just yourself and on a British Airways peak day, I would be very tempted to seek out this new JAL seat over a British Airways Club World service.  I am guessing that the cabin is not as dark as the PR photograph implies ….

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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 (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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

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 (65)

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  • Chris says:

    Brutal timing for that flight to HND…

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Agree – I thought the BA flights were bad enough.

    • Luca says:

      I do enjoy the 1900 JL / NH flights that land into HND at 1600 odd. The BA NRT flight was just as bad as arrival into NRT at 1030, hotel then afternoon meetings..

  • scottnothing says:

    Thanks for (pursuing IHG and) following-up on the Accelerate / Kimpton Amsterdam issue Rob, much appreciated.

  • Marty says:

    OT I finally received 1000 lifemiles for Marriott promo but no sign of the avios yet

  • the real harry1 says:

    O/T just having a play around with how theoretical/ dynamic seating is working on our flight tomorrow – 4x RFS redemptions. (Very intriguing thread on this over on FT.) At T-24 I moved us all up from toilet zone to the 20s. All other good stuff blocked off. An hour later I moved the 3 of them up another row & myself the same in another window. Another wait, now just bagged the 3 of them a nice row 7AB&C & advanced up another row myself but still in the 20s.

    Will update later.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, I should write something on this but it is painfully complex. I was surprised to be able to move my wife and son (Silver) to Row 1 in CE today. Previously the first 3 rows had been fully blocked for Gold which seemed excessive.

      • the real harry1 says:

        it’s you people with status who stop us blueys with your blocked seats & middles (when travelling economy) 🙂

        luckily this flight is almost certain to be fully booked, so no status holders in theory should block me/ stop me moving up later

        still a few exit seats on my flight (£23), one of which I am hoping to grab for free tomorrow at self check-in machine

  • Graham Walsh says:


    So I posted the other day saying I had won my case against EasyJet for my 5+ hr delay. Just had the CEDR full report and the first reason for them not paying out is because EasyJet claimed that I had not presented myself for check-in. Unbelievable. The adjudicator was able to view my photos and video from my seat and see the meta data associated with it to prove that I was only the plane.

    Plus they awarded me more than I claimed 🙂

    What a joke.

    • the real harry1 says:

      nice result

      EJ can be a right hard nut when claiming compo – did you do it yourself or go through a specialist like Bott & Co?

      • Graham Walsh says:

        Did it all myself. Only took a few minutes as I had everything available to me. The CEDR portal was easy to use and upload documents etc. Pointless paying someone to fill a form in. Plus CEDR will only pay the person claiming and not a company.

  • Anna says:

    I finally got to grips with using the 141 system to try and get through to the UK call centre, and succeeded! Had the most refreshingly competent csa who linked our separate bookings for August so we are pretty much guaranteed to be seated together, and told me that only 18 seats in CW had been sold so there was little chance of not sitting together – or being downgraded! He also expressed dismay on checking and finding out that we can’t order a meal as our flight has 2 stops, and offered to take it up with his manager. I’m fairly sure the answers to all this would have been, “I’m sorry, that is not possible” if I’d called the 0844 number.

    • Jav says:

      That’s not a photo of sky suite, it’s much more like club world (with aisle access) than anything else, I recommend it

  • Crafty says:

    OT: Closing in on a first ever Avios redemption. Looks good value on the dates I need, LHR to JFK for about 120,000 Avios plus £1,000 cash for the 2 of us using a companion voucher – out in CW, back in F.

    Before I pull the trigger – any obvious “newbie mistakes” you wish you hadn’t made that first time? Alternatives I ought to consider or things I should watch out for? Thanks very much ahead of time.

    • Alex W says:

      You might want to consider which aircraft you book on. I think that route has A380, 777 and 787 although the latter seems predominantly to Newark. It’s all much of a muchness on BA I find, though.
      Personally I think I would prefer to sleep in CW overnight and enjoy F when awake.

    • Alex W says:

      You might want to consider which aircraft you book on. I think that route has A380, 777 and 787 although the latter seems predominantly to Newark. It’s all much of a muchness on BA I find, though.
      Personally I think I would prefer to sleep in CW overnight and enjoy F when awake.

    • Gary says:

      What factors led to your decision to go J outbound and F inbound?
      F outbound would allow LHR Concorde Lounge – if you are interested?

  • Rob says:

    Different offers for everyone. I have 3 per £1.

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