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Three new Avios deals in brief:

Alan Boswell insurance deal extended

Insurance broker Alan Boswell Group has extended their ‘new partner’ offer with Avios for another month until 30th September.

Until then, you will earn:

  • Up to 10,000 Avios when you purchase a household, landlord or business insurance policy
    • 5,000 Avios per policy priced below £500
    • 10,000 Avios per policy priced above £500

You can find out more about the deal in this HFP article.  If your insurance is due this month, you should take a look – all of the contact details are here.

Alan Boswell

Earn Avios with half-price Times Literary Supplement subscription

If you don’t get email marketing newsletters from, you will have missed out on a couple of deals yesterday.

One of the odder Avios partnerships is the tie-in with the Times Literary Supplement.  You earn 4,500 Avios with a £120 full year subscription to TLS.  However, until 31st October you can subscribe for half-price – just £60 – and still receive the points.

Heathrow Express

Earn double Avios with Heathrow Express

The other interesting new deal is with Heathrow Express.

Last weekend I wrote a big article on how to save money on Heathrow Express tickets – you’ll find it here.

This included lesser-known discounts such as 12% off for MasterCard holders and free First Class upgrades for Star Alliance Gold and British Airways Gold Guest List cardholders.

Another way of getting a return on your spending is by earning Avios on Heathrow Express tickets.

The standard earning rate is 10 Avios per £1 which meant, if you were spending your own money, it was a better deal to take the 12% MasterCard discount.

Until 24th October, the earning rate is doubled.  You receive 20 Avios per £1 when you book via

This is a better deal than taking the MasterCard discount, assuming you value an Avios at more than 0.6p.

The Heathrow Express website does not yet show the special promotion but it is showing on here.  For safety, credit your purchase to and NOT or  We don’t yet know if BA and Iberia are matching this offer.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

Comments (106)

  • mark2 says:

    If you have got any MR points you can do 700 to SPG then convert to 2100 Marriott.

  • Gin and Tonic Please says:

    OT – Does anyone know how long it takes Creation to send out the IHG credit card once you’ve been approved? I signed up today for the current Accelerate promo, but have just spotted I also need to register spend on the card by 31 Aug. That’s cutting it fine…

    • Optimus Prime says:

      I think they do send them out on fridays. I reckon you’ll get a text letting you know on friday 1st september and card and pin will arrive by 8th

  • Optimus Prime says:

    OT – does one usually get the room selected upon check-in through the Hilton phone app?

    I did have quite a few available. Selected one with Botanic Gardens view on mid-level floor. Got one on top floor looking to the inner patio 🙁

    I have Gold elite status.

    • Genghis says:

      If the room offer is fantastic on app (ie for me a suite in KL) I snap it up. If it’s one above what booked, I wait till check in (came up trumps at Conrad Bali where got two level upgrade to Ocean suite at check in).

  • Andrew says:

    Just had an “oops” email from IHG re 5000 points promotion in September…

    Hopefully it’ll work this time.

  • the real harry1 says:

    looks like BA will start flying to the Seychelles again (SEZ)

    if it does, it will trigger the usual 2 Business, 4 Economy Avios redemption possibilities

    available during school hols if you’re quick