News in brief:
Lloyds Avios Rewards refer a friend bonus dropped
Avios has dropped the 4,500 Avios ‘refer a friend’ bonus that it has offered on the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card for the last couple of years.
The referral site stopped working last week and Avios has confirmed via social media that it will not be returning.
This was, in theory, a good promo. It was ruined by unbelievably shoddy implementation which went beyond a joke. You really couldn’t make it up:
The referral form said that anyone who had previously had a Lloyds Avios credit card could not reapply and get a referral bonus. In reality, anyone who had EVER had any involvement with Lloyds, Halifax or Bank of Scotland seemed to be blocked. The longest confirmed gap was someone who was told they would not be getting a bonus because they had had a Lloyds Bank product TEN years ago.
If the person who was referred already had an Avios account – and that account was set to ‘don’t send me marketing emails’ – Avios couldn’t send the referral. This wouldn’t have been a problem if Avios told people that they needed to change their marketing settings online when requesting a referral, but they didn’t. People would request referrals for friends multiples times and they would never appear, with no explanation.
Even when you met both of the criteria above, Lloyds / Avios were in no hurry to send the referral emails out. If you refer a friend to Marriott Rewards, they receive the email in a few hours. Lloyds / Avios averaged five days. At times, it would run to THREE WEEKS. I kid you not.
It is possible that the end of the referral scheme is linked to the scrapping of the Lloyds Avios Rewards card in its current form. We know the card will disappear at the end of the current contract, because American Express has stopped Lloyds (and all other banks) from continuing to issue Amex cards under licence.
Perhaps Avios does not see the point in incentivising you to get a card that is soon to disappear. Or, more likely, they were fed up with the incompetent way the referral scheme was administered.
London City competition winners
Last weekend we ran a competition in association with London City Airport giving away tickets for the First Class and Business Lounges in the Private Jet Terminal.
We can now announce the winners.
- Dave will get to visit the First Class Lounge
- Leighton can use the Business Lounge
Congratulations and I hope you will enjoy the lounge experience. If you want to find out more about the lounges and how to book, our review of the First Class Lounge is here and our review of the Business Class Lounge is here.
Iberia / Groupon 1p Avios deal returns
Iberia has brought back its occasional Groupon offer which allows you to buy Avios points at a discount to the official price, usually around 1.1p each.
I have written about the pros and cons of these offers in the past. Our last full article on this deal is here.
The pricing is the same as it was in February, but it seems that new customers to Groupon Spain can get a 15% discount using code VIVEGRPN.
There is a new rule this time which limits you to one purchase of each package per Iberia account.
The cheap loss-leading 2,000 Avios package at €19 is still available at the time of writing but usually sells out quickly. The other packages work out at over 1.00p per Avios and are therefore not a bargain, but potentially worth it as a top up.
The Groupon site – in Spanish – is here if you want to take a look but it makes more sense to go via Iberia’s shopping portal here to earn an extra 13 Avios per €1 spent. If it tracks – and you can’t control that – and if you can get the 15% discount code to work, then the deal starts to look attractive.
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.