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Yesterday we ran our annual update on the best way to save money on Heathrow Express tickets.

What I didn’t know is that promo code TAJHOTELS is still working.  This gets you a 20% discount on all Heathrow Express standard tickets type, except Advanced Purchase.

Heathrow Express 20% discount

There is no special landing page.  Use the main booking page here and add the promotional code where indicated.

You can’t earn Avios this way as there is no way to add a code via the portal.  You will earn Heathrow Rewards points.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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.)

Comments (111)

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  • Vasco says:

    OT: For the Marriott Double Take promotion, does anyone know whether award bookings count to activate the “from second stay” requirement?

    • Lee says:

      Also, the spending on award stay won’t give you double points.

      • Vasco says:

        Bummer. Going to have to matress run in advance of an expensive work stay.

  • Russ says:

    OT as bits, has anyone booked either a Marriott or Hilton golf package? Over the last weekend spent a painful 30 mins listening to club members telling me how they’d got breakfast, dinner, round of golf plus 20% off club house purchases and 50 quid F&B voucher. All I had was a double points promotion. I see American golf comes up quite regular on amex offers so wondering if I’m missing a trick.

  • paul says:

    O/T cancelling Amex plat. I know the fee is refunded pro rata but is that at a daily rate or monthly? Ie if I’m going to cancel should I just wait until the end of the month? Thanks

    • Shoestring says:


      • Rob says:

        I thought it moved to monthly a couple of years ago?

        • Shoestring says:

          Last one I closed (LY) was definitely daily

          • paul says:

            Ok thanks both, I’ll close it over the weekend and report back

          • DaveL says:

            One I closed in Jan was charged to the month…

          • Data Point says:

            Cancelled 2 days ago. This was 3 days after the second statement. Was refunded £279.44 if that data point is of any use.

          • BJ says:

            No idea where that comes from, you should query that.

          • Shoestring says:

            £379.44 would make some sense, as in £450 minus £75 = £375

          • Shoestring says:

            £450/365 = £1.23288

            £450 minus £379.44 = £70.56

            £70.56/£1.23288 = 57.2 days

            could work if it’s £379.44 not £279.44

          • Peter K says:

            Sorry, refunded £378.49. I forgot I had a ~£99 balance on it.

          • Shoestring says:

            58 days exactly

  • Diana says:

    O/T I missed my Amex Plat monthly payment by a few days – are there repercussions for my credit referencing? should I follow this up with Amex?

    • Shoestring says:

      I guess they build in a few days’ grace but you might as well give them a ring, could help.

    • Data Point says:

      Is definitely ring. Putting that effort in gives kudos I reckon. More than live chat!

  • Rob says:

    Doh! I just nipped down to Broadcasting House to do an interview on Talking Business for BBC World News, and now it turns out it is impossible to get it on catch-up.

    It was live TV, which is never easy, and they put up a picture of the old Virgin seat, announced it as the new Virgin Upper Class seat and asked me what I thought of it 🙂

  • Harvey says:

    Is there a way to cancel amex but not have to get pro rata refund. I can’t be bothered to chase them for the refund. Would I be able to cancel a card with a small amount still owing?

    • N says:

      I’ll have it?

    • BJ says:

      Yes, it’ll just sit there as a balance on the card until you request it or amex do something about it. I imagine Rob will be most unimpressed if you leave so much as a £ sitting there 🙂

    • Shoestring says:

      yes, you can just cancel with something owing, leave your direct debit up & running and they’ll square it all off for you

    • Rooster says:

      Leave a balance more than your refund will be then cancel and 2 working days later the credit shows, then you just pay your balance online if you want

  • Peter K says:

    They do.

    • Harry says:

      Excellent, thank you. Will help me hit the bonus on the Virgin card more quickly.

      On an unrelated note, I have no idea why a picture of me from 10 years ago is my avatar!

      • Peter K says:

        Your email is linked to gravitar I would have thought and you must have put the photo of you on there.

  • Taylor says:

    OT: if upgrading green to plat. Is it best to wait until the £60 fee has hit the account or do it before?

    • BJ says:

      Somebody (Simon?) reported avoiding both by completing spend target within a month. Were I doing it, I think I’d probably let them have the £60 then upgrade. However, need to balance that against the fact it could be pulled at any time.

      • Dave says:

        Did mine before it hit. Approved and Plat arrived in past few days, but no spend target for 20k upgrade bonus showing as yet, even in-app. I’m concerned, but it was clearly shown that 20k would be awarded. Planning to keep the Plat, but the cost/benefit only works for me with the 20k points – if they try not awarding them, i’ll be off!

        • BJ says:

          I’ve made three referrals in the past month or so. All are first time card holders and clearly entitled to bonus under new rules but none of them can see spend meters on their accounts. I suspect it”s just a glitch and bonuses will post normally. All that apart, I don’t think there ever was a meter for the 20k bonus on upgrade to platinum but it still worked fine both times I did it.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I don’t think there is a spend tracker I don’t recall one when going gold to play.

          • Binks says:

            I previously did the upgrade and received the bonus 20k – there was no tracker.

      • Simon says:

        Did it again this week, BJ, but for my other half — avoided £60 fee by upgrading within two weeks, successfully upgraded to Plat, got the 20k for £1k, will cancel card before Plat billing.

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