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LAST CALL: Get the new BA Wine Explorer deal – 14 bottles and 1,000 Avios points for £55

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The British Airways Wine Explorer club, run by Laithwaite’s, has a good deal at the moment.  I thought we’d give it another plug today as it finishes this week.

A 12-bottle wine case, chosen from three options (mixed, reds or whites)

2 free bottles of Marlborough Sauvignon and two Dartington Crystal wine tumblers worth £41

1,000 Avios (250 Avios if you are an existing Laithwaite’s customer)

Free delivery

….. for a total cost of £55.

Full details and the order form are here.

There is one snag you need to deal with.

By ordering, you are signing yourself up to Laithwaite’s Wine Plan. Every 8-12 weeks they will automatically send you another 12-bottle wine case. It is very easy to stop this happening – simply give Laithwaite’s a call to cancel your Wine Plan membership, there is no penalty – but you must trust yourself to remember.

The offer runs until next Sunday, 30th September 2018.

It is also worth taking a look at the main BA Wine Explorer website here which has a range of other offers, albeit none with a 1,000 Avios bonus.


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 (17)

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  • Matt says:

    How are the Avios credited?

    I have gone through the order form and am hovering on the ‘place order and pay’ button without having been asked for a BA number.

    Do I complete the order then add my BA number to the account afterwards?

    • Ken Middleton says:

      I got to the same place and wondered the same thing. Having been stung by one of these schemes before when I did not get the points (Virgin), I am rather cautious. I think I will just give them a call later to book and specifically ask about the Avios.

      • Brighton Belle says:

        I had the same thought but pressed the buy button. You have to phone customer service and have your exec number manually added to the order.. I have done that. The wine hasn’t been delivered yet, The points haven’t posted yet. What could possibly go wrong?

        • AndyGWP says:

          I just emailed them with my number. They responded with 24 hours and I got the points within the week 🙂

  • Alex W says:

    Make sure you give them a bogus phone number because they do not stop ringing it.

    • Tony B says:


    • Lumma says:

      Is it the same call centre that virgin wines use? Luckily that now shows up on my phone as “telemarketing scam” when they call

    • Roger1* says:

      Replying to Alex W, try 0333 8888 8888 (that’s 3×3 and 8×8 – also works with 7×8, I’m told). The call is answered with a request to contact by e-mail.

  • Iain says:

    Do these offers still apply to customers in Scotland now that our dear leader has impossed minimum pricing in us?

  • Simon says:

    Had the same issues with nowhere to place the BA Exec number.

    Just called and am awaiting a reply.

    • Colin says:

      I just called to add my BA Exec number and the chap added it there and then, although sounded a little unsure. Let’s see if the points actually get posted…!

  • the_real_a says:

    The is an AMEX £20 of £75 for Laithwaites currently.

    I took advanatge a couple of weeks ago by adding on some extra bottles to make the threshold.

  • Maurice says:

    I have placed the order through your link, how are the avios credited to my account?

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