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News in brief:

Double Avios on hotel bookings

Hotel booking site has been fairly quiet on the promotional front recently.

They now have a new offer available:

You will receive double Avios – up to 40 per £1 but usually less – on all bookings made by 31st December 2017

The stay must be completed by 30th March 2018

If you live outside the UK, you will get a further 25% Avios bonus if you pay with a BA non-UK credit card from Royal Bank of Canada, Russian Standard Bank, ABSA Bank, First Carribean Bank, Butterfield, Dah Sing Bank, Commercial Bank of Kuwait, EnterCard, CornerCard

Full details can be found here.  This is a special booking page for the deal.

Like similar sites such as PointsHound and Rocketmiles, hotel bookings via are treated as non-qualifying stays.  This means that you won’t receive any points in Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club etc or, most of the time, receive any status benefits due to you.  Marriott is the only major chain to give status benefits – but not points – on indirect bookings.

Assuming there is no price difference, this offer is best used when staying at a hotel outside one of the major chains.

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New World of Hyatt double points promotion

World of Hyatt has launched a new promotion covering the six week period until the end of the year.

You will earn double base points for every stay completed between 15th November and 31st December, although registration will end on 30th November.

Note the strict eligibility rules.  Only stays booked online at or via the Hyatt app will count.  Stays booked by other channels, even if they are direct (ie ringing the hotel or a Hyatt call centre) will not count.

Full details and registration can be found here.

World of Hyatt

Last day for 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus

A reminder that the 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus which has been running this week ends at midnight.

The page to buy if you are interested is here.

The pros and cons of purchasing were discussed in my article earlier in the week.

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 (48)

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  • Sotirios Aligiannis says:

    Can anyone explain how exactly double Avios works with Kaligo promotion? Here’s what I see as an example:

    Dublin, Ireland, 12-16 Feb 2018, The Fleet Street Hotel. I select Economy Double/Twin that earns 12150 Avios for €124 per night. The total cost will be €539,72 and as I can see it will earn 8100 Avios plus 4050 bonus Avios.

    So, where exactly will 2x Avios will be applied? On 8100? Or on total of 12150?

    I also send an e-mail to Kaligo, waiting for their reply, but I thought I’d also ask here. Thanks in advance and have a nice weekend!

    • Rob says:

      Odd, because I would expect the 8,100 to be doubled?

    • Polly says:

      Email Sebastian the owner directly…in fact he’s probably reading these comments. Usually does when go promotes kaligo. My hotel l was Looking at def had double. Maybe some hotels don’t participate.

  • Heather says:

    O/T can anyone please tell me when in the month Starwood points are transferred over from the Starwood Amex? Statement was issued yesterday but no movement yet

  • the real harry1 says:


    another free £16 (off £80 @ Tesco) hits the Amazon balance 🙂

    • n says:

      till-spit voucher?

      • the real harry1 says:

        yep, cat food + £80 Amazon credit

        • the real harry1 says:

          nope, spend £80, get £16 off MOC – not till spit

        • N says:

          Sorry…. MOC?

          (still catching up with the lingo!)

        • the real harry1 says:

          money off coupon – the ones Tesco send out monthly if you’re lucky – mine stopped but my wife still gets them sent out

          £16 off £80
          £12 off £80 x2

        • N says:

          Don’t think I’ve ever had one. The clubcard gods aren’t kind to me.

        • the real harry1 says:

          = £40 discount on £240 of Amazon credit, better than that if you actually buy some groceries (I don’t)

          so a near 17% discount on your Amazon purchases

      • Alan says:

        Sadly never get these when doing self-checkout 🙁

        On the upside just had another batch of £7-£10 off £50 so back on the giftcard train again!

  • the real harry1 says:

    O/T hat-tip DelTroon

    In the latest edition of the BA magazine Up to Speed: “British Airways will be changing the way it boards aircraft with the introduction of group boarding in December. This method has been used all around the world by many airlines and aligns BA with partners American Airlines and Iberia. Group boarding simplifies the process, making it easier for customers to understand the boarding sequence at the gate.

    At the check-in stage, the customer will be put into a group number dependant on their cabin of travel and frequent-flyer status. This number will then be displayed prominently on the boarding pass, printed or mobile. Customers who are entitled will continue to be offered priority boarding for both long-haul and short-haul domestic.”

    • the real harry1 says:

      hat-tip Can I help you

      On Long haul
      Group 1 will be Gold/Emerald/First.
      Group 2 will be Silver/Sapphire/Club.
      Group 3 will be Bronze/Ruby/Premium Economy.
      Groups 4 and 5 will be economy.

      On Short haul
      Group 1 will be Gold/Emerald/Club Europe.
      Group 2 will be Silver/Sapphire.
      Group 3 will be Bronze/Ruby.
      Group 4 is Economy.
      Group 5 is Economy customers who have purchased a hand baggage only fare.

      • N says:

        A question of great importance – where do Avios redemptions sit in these?

        Will redemptions get a one group relegation? Will 2-4-1s get another one group drop?

        • the real harry1 says:

          just put in your British Airways Executive Club number on Manage My Booking

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  • Kinkell says:

    Hmmn…this was tried , can’t remember where we were, Shambles! Full flight, all of us at gate. group 1 clled forwards, surge of folk, not checked going through door, onto a BUS!. Thus, all groups mixed up on buses to plane. As a group 1 pax, not impressed, and i saw folk clutching passes blatantly not showing Group 1. New boarding still allows for folk to clutter up the aisles slowly stowing overhead bags a nd hindering those getting to seats further down fhe plane..
    However, trial and error etc etc

    • the real harry1 says:

      on my flights to place in the sun half the good folk don’t speak English so naturally just want to board ASAP

      flight boarding gets called & they surge to the front (BA), despite cheap seats, no status

      rarely are they sent back to their proper place in the queue, they just get allowed to board

      personally I think you must have a broom up your jacksy if you let this ‘irregularity’ bother you – we as Brits might queue & board in turn etc, other cultures don’t have the same mentality – and they’re not wrong or worse because of this

  • N says:

    How many NowTV boxes have others bought successfully?

    I’ve bought 2 + 2 so far, worried that buying any more will flag my account up. Is this fair or can I buy more?

    • the real harry1 says:

      you can probably buy a few more

      think about the math, though

      Ebay 10%
      PayPal 3.4% + 20p
      hassle/ negative feedback when the cheats hit you

      • JamesB says:

        @trh1, the boxes I got were a little older so only £2 each at CEX.

        @N, I got 7 in my own name, a lot more spread across household. There is a risk my points may be witbdrawn though.

      • N says:

        I’ve split the boxes into

        Power supply
        Pack voucher
        Sky voucher

        I’ve already made back 60% of my outlay and of the 20 tems I’ve sold 10 of them.

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