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News in brief:

Luxury Travel Diary auctions ending soon

The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about a wave of its auctions that are closing within the next 48 hours.

Most of the items offered tend to go for far less than the standard retail price. Included are hotel stays, travel equipment and various gift vouchers.

Interesting options closing either today or tomorrow include five nights at the Jannah Place Dubai Marina, three nights for five people in a luxury apartment in Belgravia, London and two nights glamping for four people by the loch of a Scottish castle.

The five nights stay at the 5* Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort in Halkidiki, Greece looks like one of the most interesting auctions in Europe, although this doesn’t finish until the end of September.

It’s worth taking a look at the different auctions. Not everything will work for you, either in terms of location, length or dates, but you’ll probably find something of interest if you poke around as there are about 160 different items.

Auto Vivendi

Get £8,000 of BA flights for joining a supercar club!

This is, I admit, one of the most niche British Airways offers we’ve ever covered.

Auto Vivendi is a London-based supercar club.  It owns 11 cars, from a £115,000 Range Rover Vogue through to a £320,000 Lamborghini Aventador S, with 2 x Ferrari, a Rolls-Royce, 2 x Aston Martin, a Mclaren and 2 x Lamborghini inbetween.  The full list is here.

When you join you receive a set number of credits.  These are generally enough to get you 25 days of car use over a year, although that will vary depending on the cars you borrow and the days of the week you take them.

Standard membership is £18,950 per year plus a £1,950 joining fee.  Until 29th September, new members will receive £8,000 of British Airways flight credit as an extra bonus.

There are no restrictions on how this credit can be used, except that it will expire after 24 months.  You can book flights for other people as well as yourself and they will earn Avios and tier points as usual.

The offer doesn’t appear on the Auto Vivendi website but has been emailed to their database and is almost certainly available to anyone who enquires about membership this month.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

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

Comments (81)

  • Genghis says:

    OT. 5% off TfL for the rest of Sep just appeared on my BAPP

    • PalCsaky says:

      £100 off £1000 spend with Thai Airways on both my Gold cards. offerId=E12CA6FF7BB6F0DFDC08609AC77C0C44

      • KBuffett says:

        How do you the office ID to get the Amex offer if they don’t otherwise appear available to me?

      • KBuffett says:

        How do you the offer ID to get the Amex offer if they don’t otherwise appear available to me?

      • Cate says:

        +1. Is this stackable with the Trail finders offer?

    • IanMacK says:

      Not showing as an available offer for me ??

    • Jon says:

      Was using the 2% cash back on my HSBC card for PAYG, but this is definitely better!

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Few other newish ones for me:

      Spend £30 or more, get £20 back

      CLARIDGE’S, THE CONNAUGHT & THE BERKELEY (assume this works in the restaurants too)
      Spend £75 or more, get £25 back

      Spend £100 or more, get £15 back

      Spend £60 or more, get £25 back

      • Tilly says:

        Offer is only rewarded when you dine and spend at Claridge’s, The Connaught or The Berkeley by 31/10/17.Offer valid on restaurant or bar spend only.Room booking are excluded from this offer.Payment is required in full on the American Express Card to which the offer is saved.

    • Tilly says:

      Saved and already used this morning for my normal commute. Nice bit of money back this month for going to work.

    • Simon says:

      Anyone got the TFL offer ID code pls ?

    • Caleb Wong says:

      Any chance you can give me the offerId for Amex 5% off TfL? 🙂
      Thanks for your help.

      • the real harry1 says:

        I could but then Amex would have to kill me

        • Caleb Wong says:

          I think the offerId doesn’t link to your account but just the offer? No? 🙂

          • the real harry1 says:

            well, I could screw up and give the other one that identifies me!

            not trying to be unhelpful but there’s been some discussion here that we’re all better off overall if we aren’t quite so obvious about it (myself being one offender 🙂 )

          • Genghis says:

            If you add me on Twitter I’ll send it to you: @genghis1232

  • PalCsaky says:

    Copy the link of any yet unsaved offer from your card, paste into Word and replace the offer ID with the one above. Then copy this amended link and paste to browser window where you are logged into your Amex account. Press enter and offer will be saved to your card.

    • the real harry1 says:

      ah thanks

    • JP says:

      Do you need to change the offer source id as well, as I keep getting offer can’t be saved to card message when I try it with just replacing the offer id.

      • PalCsaky says:

        Leave the sourceID as it is. It’s specific for your card. Only change the offerID. It won’t work if the card is not eligible for the offer. For example I couldn’t copy Thai offer onto my BA Amex. I was however able to replicate the Everyday spend offer for 1000 avios from my BA card onto my Gold card using this method.

        • the real harry1 says:

          did you get the offerID you were after on the £20 Everyday Spending offer (500 MR points extra)?

          I have it

          • PalCsaky says:

            No, I didn’t. I got them mixed up in previous post. I replicated the amazon offer but not the everyday spend offer as I haven’t got the code. Would appreciate if you could share.

          • the real harry1 says:

            sure, I’ll send you a PM (other site)

            no need to publicise my ID 🙂

    • JC says:

      How do you get the initial offer URL? On Amex site, I hovered over “Save to card” and then “Copy link address” – tried and got this message:
      Unable to save offer at this time – please try again later.

      • the real harry1 says:

        right click on Save to card
        copy link location
        paste to Word
        extract offerID

        now go to alternative card without the offer
        same process on any offer
        but replace the required offerID
        then paste to address bar & press enter

        I think! working on it right now

        • the real harry1 says:

          would appear to be the offerID for 1000 Avios for £25 spend @ Amazon

          • the real harry1 says:

            it seems to have worked 🙂

          • KevMc says:

            I am getting a message stating “Unable to save offer at this time – please try again later.” when I try it on both my Plat and my BA card 🙁

    • the_real_a says:

      Seriously?! Get a room guys… not on an open forum

  • Alex W says:

    Hmmm… anyone got a business hiring out cars for weddings etc??

  • the real harry1 says:

    managed to get my free exit seat last night on return to UK – no self check-in machine trick at this out-station but just asking nicely was enough (on a HBO ticket as well!)

    O/T – BOB European flights – I did ask the cabin crew what the official position is on giving cups of free hot water to people requesting same in the galley

    the BA line is – yes – you can always have free hot water – it’s heated to 95C – you need to bring your own tea bag/ coffee sachet & cup & can get as many refills as you like

    another good reason to filch from the kettle tray in hotels 🙂

    • Wally1976 says:

      A couple of people in front of me did this (ask for free hot water) on my flight on Saturday with no problem.

      Incidentally it took nearly 2.5 hours for them to do the BoB round on the way back from Paphos (took about an hour on the way out) and by the time they got to me (row 21) they’d run out of most things!

  • Cate says:

    £20 back on £30 spend on Financial Times on Amex.

  • Cate says:

    OOH! £25 for £75 spend at CLARIDGE’S, THE CONNAUGHT & THE BERKELEY! Amex pushing the boat out this morning 🙂

  • Sgt Major says:

    I take it not many people biting for the supercar club offer? Could Phil and Abigail tell us a bit more about this club? Such as the wine tasting and how the different tiers work…

    • Phil Huff says:

      I wish I could afford to be part of the club, but as a motoring journalist I get paid a pittance. Fortunately I do at least get to play with cars as a day job, so it’s not all bad!

      As far as Auto Vivendi goes, they’ve been around for a long time (before 2014 they were known as Ecurie25) and I’ve everything I’ve ever heard about them has been mostly positive. If you are thinking of joining, then I do know the team at AV will be happy to spend time with you personally and discuss all the options. If you do join, don’t forget to take me along one day 😉

  • Cate says:

    Actually finding the luxury car offer intriguing. We’ve dropped BA biz class for Norwegian and the money saved pays for chauffeured exec car to/back from airport/hotel. Thanks Rob, we don’t hear about these type of offers very much on HfP but potentially there is a market.