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Aer Lingus and SuperValu launch a NYC competition

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Aer Lingus AerClub has launched a new promotion with the SuperValu supermarket chain.

If you convert your SuperValu Money Back vouchers or Real Rewards points into Avios by 31st December 2018, you will be entered into a draw to win a family flight to New York.  Full details are on the SuperValu website here.

As a reminder, AerClub members can convert Real Rewards points to Avios at a rate of 1 Real Rewards point to 1 Avios (minimum conversion of 50 points) or convert Money Back vouchers to Avios at a rate of €2.50 voucher to 250 Avios.

Your ‘family’ flight is limited to four people, will be in Economy and is ‘subject to availability’.  Unfortunately the T&Cs state that it is likely to be difficult to obtain seats for your ‘family flight’ during school holidays …..

Readers in Ireland will know that SuperValu regularly runs transfer bonuses into Avios.  This competition is instead of a transfer bonus so you may prefer to sit on your points or vouchers until another transfer bonus comes along.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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 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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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 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 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 unbeatable 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 10,500 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

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 sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (97)

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  • Richard says:

    Completely OT – we’ve got a week in Dubai with our toddler (1.5 yo) next year and looking to use SPG / Marriott points. From our research Le Meridien Mina Seyahi looks like the best choice. Anyone got any alternatives or are there any issues with the Mina Seyahi? Thanks in advance

    • Rob says:

      Have a look at the Habtoor Grand which is Autograph Collection. Never been but people often overlook it when thinking of SPG/Marriott properties.

    • Darren says:

      Grosvenor House & Le Royal Meridien are very close together and you can use the pool facilities and food options at both.

  • JC says:

    Am at the No1 lounge at Gatwick South right now. Appreciate it’s a Monday, but we got in with Priority Pass and no reservation and there are actually lots of empty seats in the lounge! So I suspect Mylounge is making a difference. Pleasant surprise as this place is usually a zoo.

  • Alejandro says:

    OT Lloyds Avios Credit Card Fraud

    Just checked the Lloyds app and some cheeky chap has made a purchase on a TV shopping channel to the tune of £300 on my MasterCard!

    Lloyds said the transaction will be refunded and they’ll send me a new card

    I had used this card on the BA website in July. I also used it recently in Thailand, but my distrust of BA is greater so I’m putting it down to the data breach

    Check your statements, folks!

  • 1nfrequent says:

    O/T has anyone had the points they won with Marriott for the October competition?


  • C says:

    OT – about to book a hotel for next May, which is refundable, on amex platinum. This transaction will push me over the £1k limit for the 20k upgrade bonus. Will be cancelling the platinum card shortly after receiving the bonus. We probably won’t be cancelling the hotel booking unless something better value comes along, but if we do cancel and get a refund after the card has been cancelled (and the credit applied to my other amex card), will this have any impact on the bonus points, which by this time will have been moved to BAEC? I’m assuming not as there won’t be a MR account anymore but interested to hear any experiences! Thanks

    • Rob says:

      The bonus is ‘attached’ to the transaction that takes you over as your MR account shows. If that exact transaction is reversed then you should expect the points to be deducted and to send you negative, although if you’ve moved them out its not an issue. In your case, of course, it isn’t an issue as the card is closed.

      • Peter K says:

        Last month had a non-triggering purchase on the blue BA card refunded after the bonus had gone across to BA. It put the account into minus avios despite other spend after the 3 month deadline keeping the total over £1k as the amount spent before the deadline had dropped to less than £1k.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I’m always wary of spending just the bonus amount in the qualifying period becuase of refunds. Unless the plan is to churn and burn as soon as you have the points.

    • Alan says:

      Personally I’d try to trigger witha different transaction that I wasn’t then going to refund.

  • Sam says:

    O/T I made an Amazon purchase (not prime just normal) using a gift card and remain pounds using Amex Gold. There is a £1.00 fee on my statement. Similarly making a Netflix payment and there was a separate £1 fee on my statement..again I used my Amex Gold. Does anyone know why? Is it to do with paying with Amex?

    • Zana711 says:

      Happens to me every time; the £1 will be reversed shortly by Amazon. It seems that Amazon does a test transaction of £1 to make sure your card is valid; it happens regardless of whether it’s Amex, MC or Visa.

    • Liz says:

      It’s just an authorising amount, or something like that, it will disappear in a few days. Assume it’s in pending and not fully processed.

  • rams1981 says:

    OT SPG points. If SPG Amex cancelled do you lose any accrued SPG points?

    • Rob says:

      Not in your SPG account. Always a small risk if you’ve still got points sitting in Amex waiting to be transferred, so best to wait until your account is clear.

  • Simon says:

    sounds expensive!

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