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 avios.com members since the Air Miles relaunch in 2011.
A new avios.com deal for the Spring, with a generous first order bonus, has just been launched.
A 12-bottle case for £54.99 (white, red or mixed, alleged original RRP £113.88)
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 avios.com offer, not a British Airways promotion, and that you will need to give an avios.com 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.