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Last chance to enter our Scotland competition

If you haven’t entered already, today is the last chance to enter our Chivas Regal whisky competition.

One reader will win an exclusive VIP visit to the Strathisla distillery in the Scottish Highlands, the home of Chivas Regal, for two people.  Flights or train tickets, hotel, transfers and spending money will all be provided.

More about the prize and the Gleam widget to enter are here.

New Qatar Airways sale and 10% off code

Qatar Airways has been running another sale over the last few days.  Until 19th September – Tuesday – you can book sale fares for travel before 31st May 2018.

This sale is not as good as previous sales, although if you need to book something this week it’s worth taking a look at the fares.

Here are a few examples of good prices for flights from Europe.

Venice – Bangkok for €1333 (£1173)

Berlin – Kuala Lumpur for €1461 (£1284)

Sofia – Shanghai for 2524 BGN (£1135)

Stockholm – Singapore for 16049 SEK (£1483)

Stockholm –  Auckland for 22233 SEK (£2054)

Pisa – Johannesburg for €1725 (£1516)

Zurich – Tokyo for 2328 CHF (£1784)

Qatar has also released a special promo code for the duration of the sale giving an additional 10% off the base fare, excluding taxes, in Economy or Business. This code is only valid on flights from the UK so it won’t help make extra savings on any of the deals above.

You must enter the code UKGTBHOP in the fare search box.  The Qatar Airways sale page is here.

The comments below suggest that code QSUITE may work on departures which are not from the UK – it is worth a try although I have no idea what the rules are for that code.

Remember that Qatar Airways tickets earn Avios and British Airways tier points as they are members of the oneworld alliance.  A business class flight from Europe to Asia is usually 560 tier points (4 flights x 140 points each) as long as each flight, changing in Doha, is over 2000 miles.  That is 90% of your way to a British Airways Executive Club Silver card.

Cathay A350-900

Cathay Pacific is having a sale too

Cathay Pacific is also running a sale at the moment but it does not look very exciting, at least in Business Class. You have to book by 20th September for travel until 6th June 2018.

The only fare that looks interesting is the London – Taipei flight for £2289.

They’re also doing Tokyo for £2419, but the Qatar flight from Zurich I mentioned above looks more attractive if you don’t mind positioning in Europe.

Cathay Pacific is a oneworld member so these fares also earn Avios and British Airways tier points.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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 Amex Gold

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

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

10,500 points bonus – 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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.

(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 (98)

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  • Jonathan says:

    OT – can anyone recommend a good price alert site for hotels? Ideally I could have alerts for price under X for stays between 10-14 nights betweeen Y and Z? Essentially one that’s very flexible.

  • mark2 says:

    another OT:
    has anyone got recent experience of how long BAPP Companion Vouchers take to appear on BAEC account after spend met please?

    • Anna says:

      Within a few days at the most in my experience. It can be within 24-48 hours.

      • Genghis says:

        My last one took a few weeks but previously it has taken a few days as @Anna says.

    • Carl says:

      It varies between a few days and a few weeks in my experience. Once when I needed it quickly I phoned up and they made sure it was there by the next day.

  • The Original Nick. says:

    Does the Virgin / Waitrose transaction on your VS account show as ” Shopping Miles Purchase Transaction”?

  • Andrew M says:

    OT. I will be transiting through Gatwick South. Arriving 08:45. Departing 14:05. Are there any PP lounge options immediately following arrival given > 3 hours prior to 14:05 departure? Any chance of No 1 allowing in? Grain Store? Thanks.

    • Andrew M says:

      Oh, and will I even be able to access departures @ 08:45 given 14:05 flight time? (arriving Easyjet, flying out Monarch). Many thanks again.

      • Canuck says:

        Yes, but you could always try in-terminal Yotel. They book by the hour (I did 4 hours last time) and got some rest before long connection.

        • Fenny says:

          Currently in the Yotel overnight before a 5.40 am departure. If you joinmyGatwick there’s an offer for the Regus lounge (next to Yotel).

  • Diego says:

    Thanks for this!

    I just bought Business Class tickets for my parents from Berlin to visit me in Kuala Lumpur! As I bought 2 and I used the code DEGTB2017, I managed to buy the tickets for 1356EUR return. Not full 10% discount but not bad. Now I just need to get them from the Canary Islands to Berlin (not cheap for some reason!)

    • Anna says:

      That’s odd, as the Canaries are very popular with Germans. Have you tried booking via a German site?

      • Diego says:

        They are very popular indeed: ryanair, easyjet, airberlin, norwegian, etc. fly there directly. But the only with some dates at ok fares is ryanair but who knows if they will cancel the flights! So staying a couple of nights in Berlin just in case…

  • rtid says:

    O/T – i have posted this before, but can anyone help me find the link to upgrade Amex Gold to Amex Plat? I’ve called customer services and they don’t have any offers ongoing at present, so i wanted to see if the URL still works. But i can’t find it!

  • Jhar says:

    I got Cathay Pacific premium economy return for £856 to Hong in the sale- I think thats pretty good?

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