News in brief:
Lufthansa Miles & More expands online booking
One of things that BA should get credit for is online Avios reward booking. You can book flights on all oneworld member airlines via ba.com. This is something that we take for granted but is something that Star Alliance and SkyTeam have struggled to adopt.
The Lufthansa Group’s Miles & More programme recently expanded its online booking system to handle 26 airlines. This is excellent news as it makes it easier to book and far easier to check availability.
The airlines now covered are: Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels, Ethiopian, Condor, Croatia, Egyptair, Eurowings, Eva, LOT, Lufthansa, Lux Air, SAS, Shenzhen, Singapore, South African, SWISS, TAP, Thai and Turkish.
To save you working it out, the missing Star Alliance partners are United, Air India, Copa and Asiana.
IHG Rewards Club ‘buy points’ bonus
Until tomorrow, 21st December, you can buy IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – points with a bonus of up to 80%.
The page to buy points is here – log in and see what is available.
This is not the most generous offer IHG has had, and it is also staggered which is unusual:
- Buy 5,000-19,000 points, get a 60% bonus
- Buy 15,000+ points, get an 80% bonus
Some people have an even better offer of a 100% bonus, although 80% seems to be the most common.
I wouldn’t buy speculatively with an 80% bonus as I am fairly sure that a 100% bonus for everyone will be along in a few months. If you need to top up your account in advance of a planned redemption, however, you might as well do it whilst the bonus is on. It is also worth buying if your IHG Accelerate promotion has a ‘buy points’ target you need to hit.
Is Royal Air Maroc still joining Avios?
Back in 2016, I wrote in this article that IAG had announched Royal Air Maroc was going to adopt Avios as its reward currency ‘this year’. 18 months later, we are still waiting.
I’ve nothing more to add …. it just popped into my mind.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
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.)