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Bits: VIP distillery tour winner, Amazon winner, 3600 Avios with iPad Pro, 2400 Avios with LEGO

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News in brief:

VIP distillery tour competition winner

Two weeks ago we ran a competition in association with Chivas Regal whisky and we have a winner.

I know many were keen to win, but unfortunately there was only one prize to give away.

Andrew M. and a plus one will get an exclusive VIP tour of the Strathisla distillery in the Scottish Highlands, the home of Chivas Regal, with all expenses paid.

Have a fantastic trip.

P.S. Next time you’re walking past Duty Free, Chivas would be very happy if you looked out for Chivas Brother’s Blend which is available exclusively at the airport. Just remember to drink responsibly.  As I will, with the free bottle of Chivas Regal that was delivered to the office yesterday 🙂

Which was comment number 200,000?

Yesterday HfP reached a milestone: 200,000 comments!

To celebrate this slightly crazy and very impressive achievement we decided to give a £50 Amazon voucher to comment number 200,000.

The lucky winner is Ben, who posted just before 7am.  Well done.  Ben actually posted a ‘proper’ comment in the article on European lounge access and not a random one on the competition page.

Don’t forget that our Rolling Luggage competition, pinned to the top of the home page, is still running.  You can win £600 of rather smart suitcases.

3,600 Avios with iPad Pro and 2,400 Avios with LEGO

As we covered on Shopper Points this week, Tesco Direct is currently running two generous extra Clubcard points offers.

1,500 extra Clubcard points with iPad Pro

1,000 extra Clubcard points with LEGO Star Wars, Friends and City

You can convert 1,000 Clubcard points to 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club miles, and 1,500 Clubcard points to 3,600 Avios or 3,750 Virgin miles.

Both offers expire on Sunday.

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 (33)

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  • Peter K says:

    Congratulations to the winners 🙂

  • Liz says:

    OT: is it ok to have two separate bookings for hotels with for the same dates at the same place. We have a booking for a 2 room apt for 4 people but as a back up plan would like to book a 1 room apt at the same place in case the other 2 people cancel on us (which is a possibility) – so definitely one of the bookings will be cancelled prior to the refundable cancellation period.

  • AndyR says:

    Are you sure? Sometimes I’ve had hotels contact me the day after making a booking through and they have all my details (usually smaller independent ones mind).

    • Liz says:

      What happened in your case. I haven’t booked the 2nd apt yet.

      • Genghis says:

        Just book in their name. I’ve booked multiple rooms on before for the same night for multiple people quite a few times. No questions asked. Doesn’t affect rewards – they all came to me.

    • Rob says:

      From what I read, the biggest problem hotels with Expedia etc is that they do not get client data until the last minute which stops them building that relationship. Happy to be proved wrong though.

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