News in brief:
Hilton summer sale ends on Monday
The Hilton summer sale has been running since June, so you might have forgotten it still existed! However, now is the last chance if you want to book Europe, Africa and Middle East weekend stays at up to 25% off. It is valid for stays until 8th October 2017.
Included is, for example, the Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz in Berlin (which I reviewed here) for £79 per night instead of £91 (the Hilton Honors changeable and refundable rate is £94) on a sample date.
That said, the ‘25% saving’ is based on the Best Available Bed & Breakfast rate. Sale rates are non refundable so it is cheeky to compare them to a refundable rate but these deals do usually offer a saving on the usual ‘advanced purchase’ rate. A full prepayment needs to be made at time of booking.
This rate is only available for weekend stays before 8th October 2017.
The 25% saving are for Hilton Honors members only. The normal sale discount rate is 20%. If you aren’t a Hilton Honors member, you can sign up when booking your stay.
Irish Independent Avios deal closed
Last week we wrote about a great deal for subscribing to the digital version of the Irish Independent newspaper – click here. You don’t need to live in Ireland to take part.
You would receive 18,000 Avios points for taking out a €160 (£146) digital subscription.
This was obviously a great deal and lots of readers jumped in. The vouchers starting arriving promptly after 7-8 days.
Unfortunately, the newspaper pulled the plug on the deal yesterday. The Irish Independent is now only offering 9,000 Avios on digital subscriptions. If you would value a digital subscription to the paper then this remains an excellent deal. If you were only buying it for the Avios, however, it no longer makes sense at 1.5p per point.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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.
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 10,500 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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.