Alitalia is running a special 20% discount code on flights from London this weekend.
Added to their existing special deals, you end up with some very attractive looking prices.
Take a look at this, for example. London to Mauritius in March for £1,274 return in Business Class. Click to enlarge:
The discount code you need is RED20UK.
Once you have selected your flights on the Alitalia website you will see a box in the bottom left-hand corner where you can add the code.
The code is valid for flights booked by midnight on Tuesday 12th February and is valid in all classes. The following routes are included:
- Johannesburg (£1,454)
- Havana (£1,426)
- Mauritius (£1,274)
- Malé (£1,527 but very limited availability)
- Santiago de Chile (£1,494)
- Rio de Janeiro (£1,244)
- Sao Paulo (£1,219)
- Buenos Aires (£1,229)
- Tokyo (£1,329)
- Seoul (£1,297)
- New Delhi (£1,003)
You must travel between 19th February and 15th April 2019.
I have never flown Alitalia long haul but the seat on their A330 fleet looks OK. This is the latest generation of seat they use although I think there are a variety in use:
A reader who flew with Alitalia to Mauritius two weeks ago sent me this ‘real life’ picture of his seat:
Alitalia is a member of SkyTeam so you will be crediting your flight to Flying Blue, Delta SkyMiles or similar.
You can also credit Alitalia flights to Etihad Guest which opens up other options. At the very worst, you can redeem Etihad Guest miles for cash at around 0.6p per mile via PointsPay. You can sign-up for Etihad Guest here, and get 500 miles as a bonus.
Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline. Our review of Amex Gold is here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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:
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.