If you are thinking about topping up your wine stock as the darker Autumn nights approach, there are a few interesting offers about.
Iberia works with a well regarded wine company called Vinoseleccion. Importantly, Vinoseleccion ships from the UK and it has special offers targetted to UK Iberia Plus members.
At the moment, you can earn 480 Avios with six bottles of Rioja Reserva. The cost is £48, reduced from £69, and delivery is free.
At £8 per bottle this is not bargain basement pricing. Feedback from HFP readers who have bought from Vinoseleccion in the past has generally been very positive, however.
The special order page is here.
British Airways Executive Club
At some point in the last couple of years this was quietly retired, although Laithwaite’s continued to offer Avios points with wine purchases. BA and Laithwaite’s have now launched a new venture – Wine Explorer – which we have mentioned a couple of times this year.
You were previously restricted to one or two particular deals with Wine Explorer. This has now changed and the website offers a huge range of options.
You will receive 1,000 Avios with your first order. Future orders will earn 250 Avios per 12-bottle case. Importantly, this is NOT a subscription arrangement. You are not signing up to receive monthly shipments of wine.
Full details of Wine Explorer can be found on the Wine Explorer site here.
Avios has its own wine deals with Laithwaite’s, which retain the Laithwaite’s branding.
The current avios.com deal is here. You receive:
A 12-bottle wine case, chosen from seven options all priced at £54.99
3 free bottles of Sauvignon Blanc worth £34 (this is a better deal that the previous offering of two free tumblers!)
1,000 Avios points (250 Avios points if you are an existing Laithwaite’s customer)
There is one snag with this offer. By ordering, you are signing yourself up to Laithwaite’s Wine Plan. Every 8-12 weeks they will automatically send you another 12-bottle wine case.
It is very easy to stop this happening – simply amend your account online or give Laithwaite’s a call to cancel your Wine Plan membership, there is no penalty – but you must trust yourself to remember.
Virgin Flying Club
If you’ve never ordered from Virgin Wines before, it is running a generous offer which is worth a look.
For £65.88 including delivery, you will receive:
12 bottle of wine (mixed whites, mixed reds or mixed mixed!)
a bottle of prosecco
3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles
Note that – whilst the website makes no mention of this – reader reports suggest that you will be signed up to the Virgin Wines Winebank scheme if you take advantage of this offer. You can easily cancel but keep an eye out for the paperwork. Full details are here.
Historically, Tesco Wine has been a great source of Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles. They would often offer 1,000 or 1,500 bonus Clubcard points (worth 2,500 to 3,750 miles) with a £100 purchase.
We haven’t seen any deals like this all year. When we approached Tesco Wine in the spring, they told us that they would not be offering such deals again because it brings them “the wrong sort of customer”. The economists amongst our readership will know that this shows a failure to differentiate between fixed and variable costs and the profitability ‘contribution’ of a particular customer but there you are …..
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 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.
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.