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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.

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Earn Avios with half-price Times Literary Supplement subscription

If you don’t get email marketing newsletters from avios.com, 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 heathrowexpress.com/avios.

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 avios.com here.  For safety, credit your purchase to avios.com and NOT ba.com or iberia.com.  We don’t yet know if BA and Iberia are matching this offer.


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 (105)

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  • mark2 says:

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

    • mark2 says:

      or you can buy them from points.com (not sure of minimum)

    • Genghis says:

      Isn’t it increments of 400 MR->SPG, or something like that?

    • n says:

      About 200 MR left, so no use.

      Also SPG> Marriott is in multiples of 1k, so there’ll be 1k Marriott wasted. So I’ll need 2k MR!

      • Rob says:

        Nectar – 1
        Carlson – 3
        Hilton – 400?

        • N says:

          That’s the plan for those last 200 when I decide to close the account. Need the PP for travel this week though,

  • 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

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