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Bits: Club Eurostar winner, free Wilbur & Orville from Virgin, 30% ‘buy Avios’ bonus

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News in brief:

Are you our Club Eurostar competition winner?

Last week we ran a competition in association with Club Eurostar to celebrate the launch of their new loyalty program.

One lucky reader got to win 5,000 Club Eurostar points – enough for two Standard Premier tickets to any destination, with GUARANTEED availability via the new ‘Anytime’ reward – plus top tier Carte Blanche status for one year.

We can now announce that this lucky person is:

Gokyar B.

Congratulations!  Club Eurostar will be in touch to sort out your points and status upgrade.

Free Wilbur and Orville from Virgin Atlantic this Christmas

Somewhere in our kitchen is a Virgin Atlantic ‘Wilbur and Orville’ salt and pepper set.

I stole this from a Virgin Atlantic flight in, I guess, 1997 when I was doing some banking work in Johannesburg.  The fact that we still have it, and that after 20 years I still think of Virgin Atlantic whenever I see it, shows the value of smart marketing.

Anyone flying Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic between 21st and 26th December will get their own ‘Wilbur and Orville’ salt and pepper set to take home.  These come in ‘festive red’ which may or may not be an improvement on the usual silver and black.

30% ‘buy Avios’ bonus

If you are in need of a final Avios top-up before the end of the year, Iberia Plus has launched another bonus.

This is not hugely generous so don’t jump in unless you intend to spend them immediately.  Until 31st December:

  • Buy between 2,000 and 15,000 Avios, get a bonus of 10%
  • Buy between 20,000 and 45,000 Avios, get a bonus of 20%
  • Buy between 50,000 and 100,000 Avios, get a bonus of 30%

Remember that your Iberia Plus account needs to be 90 days old before you will be allowed to transfer Avios out of it and into British Airways Executive Club or

The Iberia ‘buy Avios’ page is here.  You may need to log in to see the bonus.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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.

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

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 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

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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (18)

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  • Prins Polo says:

    Salt and pepper set for everyone…? Not just 25D?

    • Intentionally Blank says:

      Yup: On the bottom they are marked “Stolen from Virgin Atlantic”

      Tongue in cheek, but, still a great marketing ploy 🙂

      Rob, is your set metal?

    • Rob says:

      Seems so. Reader just emailed me from the First lounge at Heathrow after he swapped to 25D on my advice 🙂

      • ankomonkey says:

        Did he win First lounge access or had it already? If the former then that’s a decent result! I’ve moved myself to 25D for a flight next week following the article.

        • the real harry1 says:

          it seems Raffles is up to 3 or 4 already got into First lounge already 🙂

          puts sitting near the toilets with a paltry glass of Champagne into perspective

        • ankomonkey says:

          Based on @BlueLabel’s and trh1’s comments I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Never used a BA First Lounge (but lots of Galleries Club). Was planning to use Amex Plat for the new T5 third party lounge.

        • the real harry1 says:

          I think he already hit 8+ 🙂

      • BlueLabel says:

        Long time reader, first time poster… our family of 4 got invited into T3 First Lounge today b4 flight to PRG. Thanks for tip to book 25D Raffles! No sign of champers on the flight but we didn’t mind that

        • Polly says:

          You should have asked, so put in a complaint form! You never know, you might get 10k avios! As compo…

  • Alex says:

    Slightly OT but avios related, I just upgraded my WT+ ticket to CW Lon-nyc and it was only 12000avios and not 24000Avios! Not sure if it’s an error or an avios sale.

    • Polly says:

      Alex, Think error, but who is complaining! Enjoy the experience…nice treat!

  • jason says:

    OT any tips on how to register for Club eurostar on amex rewards getting the same error we used to get when registering Starwoods A/C when entering account number

  • Rob says:

    I had 446 taken away last night, presumably from Waitrose as that is the only place I use it. A friend lost over 2000. Not sure what I am meant to have ‘returned’ to Waitrose …

    • David says:

      I had a few thousand cancelled too over a few weeks, all small orders made 6 months earlier. It was around the time of the website changes so put it down to that but I haven’t bothered with them since.

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