News in brief:
British Airways launches a Clubcard / Avios conversion competition
As a reminder, for every £2.50 of Clubcard vouchers you convert via avios.com before 31st August, you will receive one entry in a prize draw:
Two people will win 50,000 Avios
Three people will win 25,000 Avios
150 people will win 5,500 Avios
British Airways has now released its competing competition.
For every £5 of Clubcard vouchers you convert to Avios via ba.com before 31st August, you will receive one entry in a prize draw. There is ONE prize consisting of:
two return British Airways Club Europe flights to Berlin
a three night stay at a choice of 5* hotels on a B&B basis – Waldorf Astoria Berlin 5* (very nice, says Anika), Ritz Carlton 5* (I’ve stayed, very nice, picture below) and Hilton Berlin (why you’d pick this I’ve no idea!)
The prize is valid for travel between 1st October and 20th December 2017.
I’d value the BA prize at about £1,000. The avios.com prize pot (1m Avios in total) is worth around £10,000! Logically, you should enter the avios.com competition although on the face of it the British Airways prize sounds more exciting.
Details of BA competition can be found on the Executive Club ‘News & Offers’ page here.
20% bonus Virgin Atlantic miles with Tesco?
There were some reports in the HfP comments yesterday from readers who received a 20% bonus when they converted their Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Virgin Flying Club.
There is no official announcement yet on either the Clubcard or Virgin websites. However, if you are considering what to do with your vouchers, you may want to hold off for a day or so until we know if a Virgin deal is live and what the terms are.
Of course, now that Clubcard is offering a ‘genuine’ 3 x face value deal with Uber, any Uber user would be ‘paying’ 1p per Virgin mile this way. A £1 Clubcard voucher would be worth £3 of Uber credit or (250 * 20% bonus) 300 Virgin miles. You may not consider that worthwhile.
1,200 Avios with PayQwiq
Tesco and PayQwiq have brought back their “free Clubcard points when using PayQwiq” offer.
New customers downloading the PayQwiq app and using it can get up to 500 free Clubcard points (1,200 Avios).
The app must be downloaded by 3rd September and the last day to collect points is 31st October. You can collect 100 points once per week, so you need to spread out your Tesco visits.
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)