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News in brief:

Save up to £69 with Avis one-way rentals

Avis is currently running a ‘no one-way rental fee’ promotion.  This could come in handy if you want a cheap trip back home from Heathrow.

If you’re driving north from London’s airports this summer, you can save up to £69 which is the maximum standard one-way surcharge.

Your car needs to be picked up from Avis at Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, Luton Airport or Stansted Airport and be dropped off at one of the following locations:

Airports: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Manchester and Prestwick;

Downtown: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow Queen Street Train Station, Inverness and Manchester

This offer expires on 12th August and can be booked here.  Thanks to Caroline.


BA potential mixed fleet strike

British Airways Mixed Fleet cabin crew have announced another two week strike, starting on 2nd August.

If the strike goes ahead, it will be the 11th strike since 2016.

Flights from Gatwick, Stansted and London City are not impacted, and the number of Heathrow cancellations during the current action appears to be modest.

During the previous strikes BA has been cancelling flights to Doha, moving passengers to Qatar Airways and freeing up cabin crew, as well as leasing nine fully crewed aircraft from Qatar Airways.  This means that more of us will be getting the chance to fly on a Qatar Airways short haul plane this summer.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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, £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

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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 (90)

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  • boss1 says:

    OT. I have just enrolled for Gold SPG status through Amex Platinum, does anyone know how long this takes to reflect on my SPG account?

  • Andrew says:

    The current BA safety video seems to have lasted forever, indeed, often on domestic flights the media is so heavily degraded that they do full manual version instead. It’s almost as if it’s played back from an analogue VCR.

    I will forever ponder if the woman in the vid is supposed to be Tracey Emin.

  • the_real_a says:

    OT – feedback on cancelling the IHG creation card

    It seems the agents have received some training on the products, the service today was impeccable. Managed to cancel the card to avoid the annual fee (after anniversary date but before statement creation date), and have a written confirmation that the free night will be posted to my IHG account.

    • Rob says:

      They got a kicking this week because I got a reader complaint, sent it to Creation and they arranged a re-briefing.

  • xcalx says:

    OT. Thanks to the poster yesterday who reminded us that the Moneycorp Explorer card (with the free money ) is coming up to the 1 year mark where fees are introduced.

    I just tried to clear the balance from a couple of cards but was declined. I had not remembered to add 3% to the total spend and be under the balance.

    • N says:

      You can withdraw full amount for free from a moneycorp desk/branch

  • Really says:

    Does getting a complementary card (on say the Amex Gold) count against the 6 month churn period? Mrs Really received an offer from Amex of 3k amex points for an additional cardmember. Might as well get a card if it doesn’t count against the 6 months (I’m 3 months away).

    Any input appreciated.

  • joelyp says:

    Anyone have any success claiming EC/261 compensation for BA strike cancellations? In my case it was 48 hours’ notice for the last flight of the day from Newcastle to Heathrow on a Sunday night, with the alternative flight offered late afternoon Monday (!). I eventually managed to get it changed to the Monday red-eye.

    I submitted via the clunky BA form online, and received a telephone call back to refuse the claim, with the only explanation for why it was “exceptional circumstances” being that “BA has to uphold people’s right to voice their opinion and strike”. I pointed out that the CAA has said it would be very difficult to call an airline’s own strike “exceptional circumstances” (and indeed specifically excludes airline’s own strikes in its list of exceptional circumstances), that BA had a choice of which (if any) flights to cancel, had itself received the statutory period of notice for the strike and it was therefore not a wildcat strike with no notice, and BA had plenty of tools to avoid cancelling (such as bringing in other planes, as it had done from Qatar Airways). Also, as Rob points out very difficult to call something which has now happened 11 time in the last 18 months, “exceptional”.

    BA had been very coy in the press when asked if it would compensate for strike cancellations. It’s now clear why.

    I pointed the above out to BA in a written response, also insisting that they respond in writing as that is required for me to escalate the matter to arbitration if necessary. Receiving a call instead of a written response seems to me to be a new way to frustrate the process.

  • Nick says:

    Does it really matter if the ba one is a misfire? They are at least encouraging people to watch them which has to be a good thing.

    The guy behind me on a recent flight told his young son not to watch it because it was just for people who don’t fly very often, and reminded his son that they had already had 3 flights since Christmas

  • Alan says:

    Managed to get a Qatar replacement plane on our BA flight to Stuttgart just over a week ago. More legroom, comfier seats and complimentary snack.

    We were very disappointed when we arrived at our gate in Stuttgart for our homeward journey only to find BA metal sitting there.

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