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New Charles Tyrwhitt / Avios discount code now launched

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Shirtmaker Charles Tyrwhitt has launched a new discount which will also allow you to earn Avios.

Until 28th August, you will save £5 on a £50 spend, £10 on a £75 spend and £15 on a £100 spend.

It is valid both instore and on orders placed via the website here.

Avios Charles Tyrwhitt

You MUST add code TCAW2 for the discount to be applied.

You earn 4 Avios per £1 spent both instore and online.  In a shop, tell the checkout assistant your number and they will ensure your points are added on.  With online orders you can add your number doing the payment process.  Full details of the Tyrwhitt Avios deal are here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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 (99)

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  • Scallder says:

    You could still make a booking for the SPG properties without the points in your account (as Marriott have confirmed this will continue in the new scheme) and hope the certificate you have will be able to be used and attach it to the booking after Sep 18…

    • Rob says:

      No you can’t. The rules are out and SPG hotels are exempt from ‘Points Advance’.

      • Tony says:

        Rob, do you know if this points advance exception is for the Aug 18—Sept 18 period only, or actually for beyond this month period? Thanks

      • RIccatti says:

        Rob, I was offered by an SPG Plat associate to book a hotel and add the points later, about a month ago — I did not pursue but from the previous dealings on Nights&Flights,

        I know it is possible for SPG to create unfunded award booking (booking created but no award certificate issued). Then, after some time, points deducted and the award certificate issued — you normally receive a separate email confirming that.

        • Tony says:

          Ricatti, would you be able to let me know the actual process for doing that? I’m an SPG Plat and I’m keen to book a St Regis for 60K from Aug 18 (for Feb 19) but won’t have the points by then. Thanks!

  • Sam G says:

    I booked a one way ticket on BA a while ago out of IST and it was priced/charged in USD, so looks like they already protected themselves from any losses

    • BJ says:

      Not to mention a certain other currency that is far more important to us has crashed in the past two years.

      • John says:

        The “crash” isn’t comparable. The Turkish lira is worth less than half it was 2 years ago even in GBP terms. Anyway, the pound was at its present value of 1.27 USD back in 1985, and it recovered; meanwhile today’s Turkish lira is only worth 1/12000th of what it was back then.

        • BJ says:

          Time to visit Turkey then 🙂

          I did not know the pound had been so low against the dollar in 85, it was 86 onwards I started travelling in the states as a student and I seem to remember rates being good. I think they even went through the $2 but I cannot recall when that was.

        • Jonathan says:

          $2.10 to the pound when I was in Miami in June 2007. Oh for those days to return!

        • xcalx says:

          $2.42 to the pound when we were in California 27/7/1979 back in the days when your holiday money was noted at the back of your JOINT passport. Just had a look at mine £798 for 3 weeks lived like royalty with that.

        • RIccatti says:

          It’s NOT the fact that pounds will recover to nearer 2 USD. This is very dangerous thinking. Depends on our productivity.

        • Lady London says:

          Yes the pound has tended to mostly bounce back. However the longterm underlying trend is downwards (as for the UK economy except for certain sectors like specific high tech, professional services and the City).

          @John is right for most of the latter part of next year people from other countries will be doing the turkey trick with GBP. There will most definitely be a recovery and sooner than a lot of people think. But there’s money to be made on that volatility by smart purchasers of any UK service or asset or UK-priced travel if you catch it at the right time.

          Anyone whose income is in GBP or assets in UK and immovable is going to lose out though if they are forced to dispose of assets in that time.

          Just my 2-p worth. Too much for a Sunday really I think I;m boring you all. Think I should change my name to Grumpy Cat.

    • Intentionally Blank says:

      Upgraded on the way back from IST with BA last Sunday. Was charged in USD. Thought £140 wasn’t bad for the 4 hour flight. The lounge at IST that BA use was disgusting, though. Food all over the tables / floor. Use your priority pass and use a different lounge if you can. I toured all three PP lounges and the BA one was by far the worst.

      • Lumma says:

        I’d rather fly Turkish airlines economy on one of the widebodies than BA club to or from Istanbul to be fair

        • Michael Jennings says:

          Last time I flew Turkish to Istanbul in Economy, it was good, except that I overheard the following exchange from behind me:

          “I am sorry sir, but we have run out of tonic. It’s very popular on London flights..”

          Oh the depravity of it. I hope that this, at least, would never happen on BA.

  • MDA says:

    Looking to go LHR to IST offpeak times within the next few months. Any idea on the best time to go? Ideally BA due to points but prefer Turkish Airlines

    • John says:

      Remember no big electronic devices allowed on board when flying BA from IST

      • ankomonkey says:

        And be aware that the new Istanbul airport is scheduled to open at the end of October, and is much further from the main areas of interest than Ataturk is. Some believe the opening will be delayed or only affect some airlines initially.

      • Travelling Inspector says:

        Whereas flying on Turkish IST-LHR there is no problem with laptops etc. on board. I know this because recently I missed the last BA flight because of a failed connection (fog in Ankara) and was able to buy an extremely reasonable one-way, on the day, on Turkish for their last flight. At check in I started to transfer the electronics to my checked bag but they said there was no need – and there wasn’t. And I’d thought it was a UK Government requirement…

      • Intentionally Blank says:

        No electronics other than phones last week at IST. My power pack had to go in the bin 🙁

      • Michael Jennings says:

        I had both my laptop and my iPad with me flying BA out of Ataturk a couple of months back. To be fair to BA, they let me check my bag containing them at the gate for free, and I got them back quickly at LHR. Annoying though.

        • Tom says:

          Infuriating that things like this only apply to BA. Same flying back from Riyadh.. Saudia allow electronics on board, BA will not pay for enhanced security screening..and therefore you can’t carry them. An incredibly unproductive flight home.. and not even a drop of alcohol to drink either (until out of Saudi air space..but I was fast asleep by that point!).

        • Graham Walsh says:

          Had the same problem coming back from Cairo the other week. Had packed my laptops into my carry on (as that is all I needed for a week) so had to check it in, so paid the £1.50 or so to have it wrapped. Baggage handlers must know that nearly every case will have a laptop/tablet inside it. Restrictions are here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-uk-aviation-security

  • Roger says:

    What is the best advise still, if you have enough points for MTP?
    Should one still go ahead and book Travel Package if the aim is to get cheap air miles and hotel certificate secondary?

    • Alex W says:

      If you can make use of the hotel certificate then until 17 August it’s the best deal out there. After 18 August, not so much.

      Think I’ve finally decided to pull the trigger on a Cat 9 with 120k Alaska miles. All speculative, but pretty sure I should get decent value out of those 🙂

    • BJ says:

      Personally, if I had enough points I would buy another before the 18th. My reasoning is that I think Marriott will map existing certificates to new ones in a way that everybody gets at least what they originally paid for or better. I think the only losers will be those (probably most?) who booked a cat 1-5 with a view to upgrading later, I expect those to be stuck with a new cat 1-4 certificate, potentially facing much higher upgrade costs. Tough luck, we still get what we paid for, we all know schemes can change, even without notice. Marriott has been very fair with this merger, I don’t see them changing now, especially at the expense of their best customers.

      • Alan says:

        Agree seems likely 1-5 will become 1-4 (hence I went for cat 6 to give buffer for cat 5). Quite annoyed about the one month block on using them though.

        • BJ says:

          I suspect Rob is right, Marriott couldn’t make up their own minds what to do otherwise the problem would have been resolved already and a solution in place for 18th. I am not losing any sleep over it, if it plays out the way I am guessing I should be able to upgrade to Paris Republique for 10k points per night. If not, I can use cat 4 at a number of useful hotels in Asia. Would have liked the points though as I would probably have moved them to LH.

        • Genghis says:

          Where does the 10k / night upgrade come from? Because you have a Cat 1-5 currently which you think will become Cat 1-4 (25k / night) but Paris Republique costs 35k in the new scheme (cat 5)? I reckon any delta will be priced from the new Marriott travel package price list so your Cat 1-4 ->5 would be a 60k top up.

        • BJ says:

          @ Genghis, yes that is what I was thinking but I don’t know why given the alternative you explain is the current way of doing things. You would have been a great math teacher, you have demonstrated here frequently a talent for reasoning backwards to figure out what folks do wrong with their calculations 🙂

      • Alex W says:

        @BJ – Marriott has been very fair – except the mid-year status downgrade and taking away free breakfast and lounge access from a lot of people. They could at least have given us until December.

        • BJ says:

          That was a side effect benefit of amex platinum and SPG. I am sorry it went too but I don’t blame Marriott, their allignment was fair based on comparable qualifying nights. My partner and I have two TP to redeem so will lose out on 28 breakfasts and who knows how many drinks but I still don’t have any hard feelings towards Marriott on this, I did not earn it and it was a free benefit while it lasted. If you have post 18/8 reservations made before the changes were announced you might find it worthwhile emailing hotel directly requesting they honour your benefits, comments suggestvothers have successfully done so.

  • The Streets says:

    I’m still gutted I can’t move my Amex MR points across to SPG in time to buy another Travel Package

    • BJ says:

      Can have sympathy with that, more annoying than anything going on at Marriott itself. I cancelled mine, waiting to see if another churn will be possible in October.

  • Max says:

    OT – I’ve got a Lloyds upgrade voucher which expires in Feb 2019, but I’m struggling to use it by then. If I used it to make a booking for Feb 2020, would it then be possible to change that travel date to April 2020 when the later flights are released?

    • Roberto says:

      I very much doubt it. Sorry..

    • Lev441 says:

      I disagree, I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to extend the dates subject to the fare conditions of the ticket…

      • Callum says:

        Do British Airways (/most airline) tickets not expire after one year?

        Though booking so far ahead, there’s a decent chance the flight will be retimed and make you able to make an “involuntary” change to the booking. When that happened to me I got the Avios and voucher refunded, though I’m not sure they’d physically be able to issue another voucher then.

        • Rob says:

          You cannot extend a ticket beyond 355 days of the original booking date I think.

      • Roberto says:

        Award tickets using 241 and lloyds vouchers are never really “amended or swapped” for new dates/flights – they are simply cancelled and then rebooked. In this case the voucher would have expired.

        • Yorkieflyer says:

          An interesting question here, Lloyds vouchers are different in that you have to book by the expiry date not travel like Amex vouchers, so I think amendments aren’t then possible unlike the Smex voucher?

        • Michael says:

          I booked using my Lloyds upgrade voucher on 31 December 2017, the day the voucher was due to expire (talking about cutting it fine!).
          I booked a flight for June 2018 but had to rearrange the day before, I simply called-up and changes the dates to November 2018, no issues, just £35.
          The agent confirmed I could change again, however as Rob states above, I think I’m unable to change for a flight that would depart after 31 December this year as that would be more than 355 days after the initial booking.

        • BJ says:

          @ Michael, thanks for that, Sorry I didn’t see it before adding my comment.

      • BJ says:

        The issue is not one related to extending tickets, it is about cancelling and rebooking. I am quite sure a reader commented here or elsewhere that an avios agent let them cancel an existing reservation and have the voucher on it applied to a new reservation when done at the same time. The voucher was reportedly not returned to the account which is not allowed if flights are cancelled. I saw such a comment once only so have no idea if all agents would do this or not and we now have added uncertainty of BA handling vouchers going forward. Despite the chances being low, for the sake of a £35 change fee I think I would take a punt on making a reservation with an expiring voucher in the hope an agent would change it for me at a later date. £35 Is not a lot to lose given the potential points value of higher zone redemptions.

    • Lady London says:

      A ticket is normally valid only for 11 and a half months after it is issued. Varies slightly by airline. You will probably find it impossible to amend it later to add a flight any later than the 11 and a half months. Note that is after the date the ticket is issued NOT the date of the outgoing flight.

  • Pauline says:

    I was hoping to buy a rewards package for a Ritz Carlton tier 5 hotel but don’t yet have enough points and a lot of them would come from AMEX MR. If you buy a certificate without the required points already there surely they are likely to cancel it anyway?

    • Peter K says:

      If you are on about a Marriott Travel Package then you need all the points before you can buy it.

    • Alex W says:

      Pauline, if you have enough for a Cat 9 package it might be useable for RC in September. But it might not.

  • MarkH says:

    I’ve got a 1-5 package which like a lot of people in was going to upgrade when it came to book. Looks like this won’t be a good option once everything converts.

    Reckon I’ll upgrade this week so that it will map across to a higher category. Just need to figure out where the which cat to go up to.

    Does anyone know whether you get the TP back or the equivalent points when you cancel a booking made using a TP?

    • Alex W says:

      I have heard you get a flat 45k back but we don’t know what will happen after the merger.

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