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SriLankan Airlines to increase London Heathrow services

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We don’t cover SriLankan Airlines much on Head for Points.  We should do more, because SriLankan is a member of the oneworld alliance, allowing to earn and redeem Avios on its flights as well as earn British Airways tier points.  It also appears to have a decent business class product as you can see below.

If you’re looking to travel to Asia over the Summer, SriLankan is adding additional weekly services from Heathrow to Colombo.  Instead of the existing daily flight, you will get:

SriLankan Airlines business class

  • 21st July to 31st July – 8 flights per week
  • 1st August to 8th August – 9 flights per week
  • 9th August to 29th August – 10 flights per week

….. before dropping back to daily in September.  I’m not sure how much additional reward availability will be made available but it is worth checking.

If you are planning a Maldives holiday, remember that Colombo is only 85 minutes flying time from Male.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

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 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 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

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.

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.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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 (141)

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  • Nigel Williams says:

    OT -Just received a letter from Barclaycard (odd, since I’ve already cancelled my card) that they will no longer be accepting balance payments via Curve (or other cards which directly charge to a credit card as a purchase.

    Not a massive deal as the Barclaycards are a bit poor at the moment, but those with the Hilton VIsas may be a bit annoyed at the loss of free points through churning…

    • Simon says:

      I came home to one of these too. After making a payment earlier. Which is sitting in pending…

      • Anna says:

        Are they saying you can’t pay your Barclaycard via Curve, or that you just can’t use Curve with Barclaycard any more full stop? I have one payment which has bounced back and several stuck in pending over the last few days.

      • Simon says:

        Can’t pay BC via curve. Gist was that they will no longer accept payments via any method that could be directly or indirectly funded by another credit card.

  • the_real_a says:

    If Motto is offering 10k redemption’s in such a location – i will be first to try it out! Clever low cost has a market 🙂

  • Michael says:

    1 night in Dallas coming up – can someone recommend somewhere nice to stay with plenty to do?

  • @mkcol says:

    Kudos to Tim at Reward Flight Finger with the new search for Virgin Atlantic.
    I had an existing Premium booking back from Washington DC but no Upper seats at time of booking. I set up the search and left it to run. Got a notification a couple of days ago of 2 seats coming available, phoned them around 0200 today & got them booked!

    • Tom1 says:

      Yep I made an upper for HKG-LHR on VS using RFF too.
      Well worth the £3 a month.

      Only problem at the moment is you can’t see your Vs alerts.

    • Alan says:

      Nice – found it great booking a VS redemption recently being able to browse so easily.

  • Jonny says:

    OT: Amex offering 20% bonus when you pay with points. One MR point is worth 0.54p ,rather than 0.45p when you use towards purchases during March. I know not the best use of points, but may be of interest to some.

  • paul says:

    O/T, sorry…i currently overpay my Halifax mortgage by Standing Order…any way that i can pay it via curve/other method to earn some miles? thanks

    • Anna says:

      Banks generallyinsist mortgage payments come directly from a bank account but I would love to know if anyone has managed to get around this! I don’t know if they would accept a lump sum overpayment on a debit card – I am retiring next year so will enquire about this is no-one finds out in the meantime.

      • paul says:

        Halifax do accept lump sum payments via debit card, but only when paying over the phone, however they specifically say you can’t use a debit card starting with a 5… hence my question of any way around this 🙂

      • Jimbob says:

        You would have to think of ways to indirectly send money from a credit card to your current account, and pay mortgage from there.

        It’s possible, but you run the risk of the intermediary of closing you down for money laundering (cough….paypal…cough)

        • paul says:

          yeah, i do have PayPal but don’t use it a great deal and know they are a pita to deal with…i also want to remortgage early next year so don’t want to do anything to muck that up as that is obviously way more important than earning a couple of miles but just hoping there may be an easy way round it 🙂

        • Shoestring says:

          A lot of us don’t even go there because we’re not that stupid…there are bigger fish to fry, easier ways to make a few quid than ruining things that matter more…

    • Mark2 says:

      could you not have the standing order coming out of Revolut, which is funded from other cards?

      • paul says:

        I don’t have a revolution card so perhaps i should look into one, but based on my reply to the above, do they start with a 5?

        • Jimbob says:

          My Revolut card starts with a 5

        • paul says:

          ok thanks so looks like its a non-starter. thanks all

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Revolut allows bank transfers though

        • Genghis says:

          From experience, Revolut don’t allow certain transfers though: paying credit cards and mortgage (both to HSBC)

  • Joeb says:

    OT Amex Q: BA Black card applied for last year, 241 gained> downgraded to BA Blue card but now nearly at 10k spend again. Can I re-apply (upgrade) for black BA card again and get 241 voucher ?

    • Chris says:

      Yes.just done this myself

      • Joeb says:

        Great! Thanks for the speedy reply Chris!

        • Joeb says:

          oh also Forgot to ask, do you know if this has to be done over the phone or can I get my wife to refer me for some extra points and apply online?

    • Rob says:

      If you are in a new card year, yes

      • Joeb says:

        Hi Rob thanks for the reply. This is year two, first year was black card, second year (current) blue. I’m assuming your reply was a ‘yes’ to the referral bonus?

  • Joeb says:

    mine starts: 45

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