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Get 1,000 Avios points with a new British Airways wine deal from Laithwaites

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Wine retailer Laithwaites, the UK’s largest mail-order wine retailer (it runs The Sunday Times Wine Club as well as pretty much every other branded mail-order operation), has been a BAEC partner for many years via The British Airways Wine Club and now Wine Explorer. It has also offered deals to members since the Air Miles relaunch in 2011.

A new British Airways Executive Club / Wine Explorer deal for Spring, with a generous first order bonus, has just been launched.

They are now offering this new deal (click for details):

A 12-bottle case for £54.99 – choose from whites, reds or a mixed case

FREE delivery

1,000 Avios (250 Avios for existing customers)

2 free bottles of Rioja and a pair of Dartington Crystal glasses

BE AWARE – you are getting tied into something. Every 8 or 12 weeks and for Christmas, Laithwaites will contact you with details of a new case. If you do not specifically say that you do not want to receive it, either online or by phone, it will be sent to you and charged to the credit card you used for your initial order. The small print can be found here.

So, in return for the cash saving on your first case, you are going to have to deal with some admin from Laithwaites going forward.  Once you have got your 1,000 Avios banked you can quit the Wine Plan but this may take a month or so.

Whether you want to go for this depends on how well organised you are. Overall, to be honest, it is a pretty good deal – 12 bottles of wine (+2 free bottles) at a bargain price, 1000 Avios and two wine glasses thrown in.  I doubt the wine will be too bad, given that they want to encourage you to buy more.

Full details of the offer can be found here.

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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:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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 and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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:

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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:

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60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (11)

  • Talay says:

    Do people find the pond water offered by these “12 bottles for £99” or so actually drinkable ?

    I was once a member of The Sunday Times Wine Club but way back then all I knew was red or white.

    A few recent attempts to illicit value from such clubs has only met with rubbish cheap wine sold cheaply.

    • Simon Br says:

      Couldn’t agree more. However I see they do an enprimeur service via their website, so they do have serious wine buyers but unfortunately I can’t see a way of getting bonus avios for buying the good stuff!

      • Genghis says:

        I was very impressed with their enprimeur service last year (but yes, no points of course). Bought some unfashionable cote de rhone for a very reasonable price. Should be ready in another 8 years for my 40th!

  • Simon says:

    I did this last time. Wine was decidedly “meh”. Also never got the points, must chase that one.

  • Liz says:

    Has anyone else noticed that the Real Harry has been missing for a while in the comments – especially the wine and groupon articles. Hope you are ok Harry.

    • Worzel says:

      I’m sure Squills is fine, and sense there’s a name change afoot! 🙂 .

  • Flowerdew Bob says:

    Is this open to those people who were previously members?

  • Scottydoggiom says:

    How easy is it to cancel is the question . I like the sound of the deal but dont want to sign up to getting wines sent to the house all the time . Trying to limit my drinking ! 🙂

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