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Bits: get 20% off National Express tickets, up to 4800 Avios with LEGO

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News in brief:

20% off National Express for HSBC customers

National Express is offering 20% off its standard fares to HSBC customers (no validation required) via this link.

You need to book by 21st December.  The Heathrow Hotel Hoppa services are not included and other restrictions apply, see the link for details.

We covered the newly expanded National Express loyalty scheme in this article in September.

Get up to 4,800 Avios or 5,000 Virgin miles with LEGO

In case you missed this on Shopper Points yesterday, Tesco Direct is running a generous LEGO promotion again.

Until 17th December you will get

  • 500 extra Clubcard points (1,200 Avios) when you spend £30+
  • 1,000 extra Clubcard points (2,400 Avios) when you spend £60+
  • 2,000 extra Clubcard points (4,800 Avios) when you spend £120+

Included in this offer are 335 boxes of LEGO – enough to find the right present for everyone.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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 £15,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points 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.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (51)

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  • Scottydogg says:

    With regards to the Lego , i ordered Lego last time this deal was on with the plan of selling it , i got it delivered to store and then for one reason or another i never got round to picking it up so the order just got sent back but i still got all the avios points ! result
    Might try this tactic again

    • KevMc says:

      Ooo, nice tip. Might put a few more orders in and try this myself.

      • Mycity says:

        I’d be very careful doing this, remember the article a few weeks ago about fraud.

        • Genghis says:

          Playing by the rules by ordering lego and not collecting it. Is that fraud? Is churning Amex cards fraud or just playing by the rules but taking advantage?
          [Tesco’s control environment is shoddy]

        • the real harry1 says:

          ordering Lego & not collecting it is patently NOT fraud lol 🙂

        • Anna says:

          Not fraud. I take it Tesco refunded the money but didn’t withdraw the Clubcard points?

  • thehornets says:

    O/T Have just applied for another Amex Gold. Does anyone have any recent experience of how long it will take for the card to arrive and/or how long it will take for referral points to appear on my wife’s account?


    • Tom says:

      Referred my other half for a gold from my plat recently – points posted the day her card arrived, which was two or three days after she applied (think we did the referral over the weekend).

    • Alan says:

      Referral points usually post within 2-3 days of card being approved.

      • thehornets says:

        Thankyou Alan and Tom!

        • Alan says:

          No probs NFL #RewardsPoints king!! 😀

        • Tom says:

          On this point – I made the mistake of missing the ‘s’ in #Rewardspoints.
          I didn’t type it – I selected from a list of ‘trending’ tags so I guess I’m not the only one.

  • Roger C says:

    O/T – Shop Small
    Going well with my cards on Oyster until TfL stopped two of my Oyster cards!

    I rang up, but they were adamant that my ‘unusual’ purchasing broke their rules. The best they would offer is to pass it to the ‘Investigation Team’ with a view to refunding the stored money (and the deposits for the cards). All very well, but if the payments are reversed, then presumably I’ll lose the £5 credits.

    I’m beyond angry at TfL – I can see that they might flag up the behaviour many of us will do doing as unusual, but it’s not as if there’s not a perfectly sensible explanation.

    In future, I guess the trick is to stock up on Oyster cards, then use only one Amex card on each of them.

    • Jonny says:

      This happened to me last year (on 5 cards bought as a single batch). Process was painful but I explained what I was doing, and was able to prove all the purchases were “genuine” by providing statements.
      In the end they just provided a refund to my bank account, which was clearly a good outcome – albeit i would rather have just been able to use the Oyster cards given the hassle!

      This year have been buying Oyster cards one at a time to hopefully prevent this….

      • John says:

        I only interact with TfL machines using cash now, and refund Oysters as soon as possible.

      • Genghis says:

        Been there myself with account blocked. Once sent over statements they released funds and unblocked acct.

    • Renaud says:

      Hi, what’s the deal with TfL/Oyster? Do the TfL machines participate in Small Shop, or do you need to buy or top-up Oyster cards in participating shops?

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