VitalityHealth, previously PruHealth, is a life insurance, health insurance and investment business.
The reason it is of interest to Head for Points readers is that it offers discounts on British Airways short haul fares to members. Full details are available on the VitalityHealth website.
The devil is in the detail when it comes to the flight discounts. It is only included for free if you have a Personal Healthcare plan – other plans require a supplementary monthly payment which will negate much of the benefit.
You will receive a discount of 5%-40% based on your level in the plan (the more healthy activity you log, the higher your level)
You can claim the discount 1-2 times per year based on your level
For flights leaving between Sunday and Thursday, there must be at least two nights between the outbound and return flights. For flights leaving on a Friday or Saturday, there must be at least one night between the outbound and return flights
Only the plan holder receives the discount, not your fellow passengers
Your initial impression might be a bit ‘meh’.
However, for once, the small print actually makes the deal more attractive.
The discount applies to the FULL cost of the flight, including the taxes and charges. A Platinum level member receives 40% off the headline price which is not bad.
The discount applies to ALL ticket types, including fully flexible tickets. This can represent a substantial saving – at the most extreme, a fully flexible Euro Traveller ticket to Moscow is £1300.
This offer probably works best for someone who is self-employed and has to book the occasional fully flexible ticket. This could mean an annual saving of £250+.
The ‘average’ leisure traveller who gets up to the Platinum level could save over £100 per year – assuming 40% off two economy / Euro Traveller BA flights with an average cost of at least £125.
For a base level VitalityHeatlth member, it is pretty useless – a 5% saving once a year on a short-haul flight will save you £10 at most.
Vitality also gives discounts on Mr & Mrs Smith hotel bookings, although they no longer have a Eurostar partnership. There are also plenty of other lifestyle partners which offer discounts or deals, including free Starbucks drinks – a full list is here.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.)