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Get 1,000 Avios points with a new 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 deal for the 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 (white, red or mixed, alleged original RRP £113.88)

FREE delivery

1,000 Avios (250 Avios for existing customers)

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

This offer is available until 30th June.

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 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.

Remember that this is an offer, not a British Airways promotion, and that you will need to give an account number.  You can move the points over to British Airways Executive Club later via ‘Combine My Avios‘.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:

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 £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 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

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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 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 (13)

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  • Richard says:

    Reading the PDF.. “customers who take a weekend break to Santiago..” if this is Santiago Chile (would make sense for wines) that’s a heck of a flight for a weekend break!

  • Alex says:

    I made use of this offer when it was running earlier in the year. The points never posted and two months later I was sent a letter outlining the next case that was going to be sent (full price). I phoned up to cancel and mentioned the points. They directed me to Avios. Still waiting to hear back (I absolutely do not expect to receive the points anymore)

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      I’m less concerned with the Avios than the quality of the wine. How did you find it?

      • Alex says:

        A range between awful and very nice. Most were comparable to something you’d get for maybe £8-9 at Tesco – which was the main reason I didn’t continue the plan (it was no cheaper than just buying a bottle when I wanted it)

    • Simon says:

      Mine didn’t automatically get applied either. However, after contacting them via email, they arrived eventually. I think I had to (re) give them my avios account number I got 2k in the end I think.

      • Simon says:

        When I say contacting them, I mean Laithwaites, not avios

    • Luke says:

      Strange – I used this offer last year and my avios were not posted neither. I sent email to Laithwaites (not to avios) and 2000 avios (instead of 1000) arrived a week later. Quality of wine was good for the price I paid, much better than similar Naked wines deal.

  • AndyW says:

    The Virgin wines offer for new customers is pretty good for anyone who collects. 12 bottles, 3000 miles, £65. The wines are for the most part decent, for the money.

    • Alan says:

      Don’t you have to sign-up for their Winebank though?

      • AndyW says:

        You can just immediately cancel with no further payment or orders.

  • Alex W says:

    I got a laithwaites deal a couple of years ago. I thought the wine was fine but the wife wasn’t impressed for some reason. Cancelling was easy but my goodness they have never stopped emailing, calling and mailing me ever since.

    • Lumma says:

      I got the 6 bottles of Rioja where you got points with Iberia and I constantly get letters and phonecalls (from Spain) offering me more.

  • _nate says:

    I liked the wine last time but would not have paid full price for it. Therefore I’d quite like to do this again, but am I allowed and will I get the full 1000 avios?

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