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How to earn Avios points with a Financial Times subscription

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Avios has launched a new partnership with the Financial Times offering you bonus points if you take out a subscription.

There are no great deals to be had here however.

  • 10,000 Avios with a £447 Premium Digital subscription
  • 10,000 Avios with a £452 Premium Digital & Print subscription
  • 10,000 Avios with a £374 home delivery print subscription

Avios and Financial Times subscription

This is surprisingly weak.  The margins are clearly there to offer at least double that in the first year.  Given the strong profit margins on renewed subscriptions, even 30,000+ Avios would have been affordable, especially on the ‘no marginal cost’ Premium Digital subscription.

Full details can be found on


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) 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 £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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 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 (95)

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  • Brandon says:

    Have i got this right?
    Ive booked 2 free nights at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme (thanks via HILTON VISA) and need to pay for a third night. The cheapest rate/room (june 28th) is £418 for a single night for 2 based on the current sale.
    I can buy 90k points for $us500 which is about £359.. so it seems buying points is the cheapest way to book a single night (and have more flexibility to cancel/change with a reward booking over a sale fare) – maybe ill even trigger the £50 amex offer (unlikely im guessing)

    Is my man math correct?

    • Genghis says:

      Doesn’t surprise me. Assuming you’d otherwise pay cash, seems reasonable but bear in mind you won’t earn any points from a points booking so you may want to take this into account in your calcs. Points purchases are not handled by Hilton so won’t trigger any amex offer I’m afraid…

    • Rob says:

      Yes (as long as reward nights are showing). It does make sense at certain hotels at certain times to buy everything you need.

    • TripRep says:

      Brandon – if the resort has taxes on cash stays I’d definintely go for the points, I know other resorts like the Conrad Rangali dont charge if all of your stay is a redemption.

      Interested to hear your feedback on the Seychelles

      • Brandon says:

        Looks like points are the way to go here…FYI I am only going to Seychelles on the back of Rob highlighting the new BA route and the fact redemption seats were wide open – it will be my first time in first. Ill report back on the Seychelles in July when ive returned.

  • Scottydoggiom says:

    Is a 35% bonus from Starwoods the most they offer , or has it been known to offer even better bonuses in the past ?
    Its an avenue i’m looking to explore soon , SPG Points , just wanting to get a better idea

  • Dale says:

    OT but has anyone had the bonus 5000 Avios from the BAEC/AVis Christmas promotion??

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    I’ve just been informed on Twitter that BA1332 which is operated by G-MEDN has broken down. Not sure the details, just that the passengers are on board and it’s going nowhere.

    There was a delay to my flight yesterday caused by a technical issue and then compounded by a runway issue that affected all departures.

  • Jason K says:

    Anyone have any experience booking a Marriot travel package? What is availability like, and any downsides or things to watch out for? Im looking at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Points availability looks really good. Do you choose the package and then need to book the hotel, or do you book the hotel at the same time? I assume the miles are given after the stay? And does anyone know how the 10% daily service charge works on reward bookings?

    Also im thinking of transferring some MR to SPG points which I need to use now, any risk of a devaluation before the end of this year, or the travel packages being removed due to the merger? Thanks to anyone taking the time to answer these questions.

    • Peter K says:

      When you buy a package you get the airmiles very quickly, just days in my case.
      There is no limit to the package availability. Once bought your have a voucher with a year validity to use on a hotel. You will need to use heaps of Marriott points to book a Ritz-Carlton as they are a Tier 1,2,3 or 4 hotel, rather than than your Marriott level 1-9!
      To use there needs to be 7 days of reward availability in a row to use (or maybe with a small gap in between you will need to pay cash for, eg 5 days reward, one day cash, 2 days reward).
      Travel packages were there before the starwood merger so likely will stay but who knows. Likewise with a devaluation.

    • Genghis says:

      In terms of the mechanics, here’s my experience. Booked the Cat 1-5 last year when BA had the 35% bonus on last year (so 162k avios and the 1-5 voucher for 270k Marriott).

      Then yesterday I used the voucher. I called Marriott and they made the booking of the hotel. I was then transferred to another person where they then upgraded the travel package (to Cat 9) and I paid the 120k Marriott delta. The booking I made was after the Cat 1-5 expiry date, but as you might be aware, the date is extended when you upgrade / Marriott will do it as a goodwill gesture.

      You can do a normal booking (you don’t need to pay the points straight away on a Reward booking at Marriott) and then this can be changed to a travel package booking at a later date (so you get exactly what you want).

      It took a good 20 mins to make the booking yesterday but most of that time was spent on hold…

      • Jason K says:

        Perfect. Thanks for your replies.

        • Anna says:

          What does happen with the resort fee? I’m sure it’s around $75 per night at the GC Ritz-Carlton!

        • ankomonkey says:

          IME, pretty much all chains waive the resort fee charges for points bookings.

        • Genghis says:

          RC don’t waive charges on reward bookings I don’t think

        • Tom1 says:

          I just completed a redemption at Marriott in Dubai and I didn’t get charged anything at all – even the tourist taxes. Thats despite all these charges appearing on the TV bill throughout the stay.

      • Louise says:

        What hotel did you go for Genghis?

      • Steve-B says:

        Enjoy! Thanks for posting your experience Genghis.

  • Liz says:

    OT: How long does it take for the IHG free night cert take to post to your account after your anniversary date. And does the earning status bar reset on the Creation credit card page for the 2nd year – I am assuming yes – mine is still showing last years numbers even though I am 5 days beyond my anniversary date.

    • Genghis says:

      IME for both myself and wife, statement date which was over 12 months since you had the card (not necessarily the anniversary statement date) was 22/23/24 or so of the month, the voucher then posted early in the following month.

      Yes, the 10k spend bar resets though I don’t recall exactly when.

      • Liz says:

        Thanks Genghis – my card Anniversary is 11/3 and statement date the same as you. Will wait and see what happens at statement time.

  • N says:

    OT: A multi-layered OT re Qatar airways… please bear with me!

    Booked one way DOH-LHR in Qatar J. Am BA Bronze. Trying seat selection but no options on Qatar MMB. ExpertFlyer showing all seats either occupied or blocked and flight as “J1 C0 D0 I0 R0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V0 S0 N0 Q0 T0 O0 W0”.

    Should I be ready to be bumped? Or make sure I’m at the airport v early?

    Plane is showing as a 777-300ER – do these have the Qsuites?

    • Kevin says:

      Some of the 777 planes have the Qsuite but not all. They are being refitted. You can tell if your plane is due to have it because the seat map is different. Do bear in mind that Qatar make frequent aircraft switches.

  • Canuck says:

    With the Marriott Travel Packages, how often are the transfer bonuses to Alaskan? when was the last one?

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