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We did a long piece yesterday on RED by Dufry, the loyalty scheme which covers the duty free stores at 27 UK airports – plus Eurostar and Eurotunnel – as well as many other European airports.  You can read it here.

As was pointed out in the comments, you can get 300 free RED by Dufry points by simply adding the promo code RED300POINTS to your account.

Open the app, click ‘My Profile’ in the top right corner, click ‘My Profile’, scroll down to ‘Promotional code’ and add RED300POINTS.  Importantly, you must then scroll down to the bottom of the page to click ‘Save Changes’.

The 300 points go on instantly.  You can’t exchange these for anything but you are moved closer to Gold status which usually requires 2,000 points.

Get 300 free RED by Dufry points in 30 seconds

There is confusion over Avios earning

There is some confusion over whether you do now earn Avios for purchases made outside Spain. The restrictive wording on the Iberia Plus website is no longer there, and the addition of US chain Hudson to the list of Dufry brands which earns Avios made me think it was now global.

If you look at the terms of the Avios offer on the Spanish Dufry site, however, it implies that this is only a Spanish offer.

I would trust the T&Cs over the Iberia website, so you should assume that I was wrong in the original version of the article yesterday and that Avios earning is not yet global. 


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points 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 (96)

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  • Harpo says:

    My last use of Dufry card was at LHR in March. I got the 5% off and RED points but no Avios to the Iberia linked account this time. I have had a few Avios post from shopping at Madrid in February- so it works, but in my n=1 experience at maybe not in the UK (unless it was just an unlucky transaction.)

  • Anna says:

    OT – I know there have been various discussions on this but what are the best options for spending abroad these days? With the Lloyds cards losing the no fee on FX benefit soon I need to find an alternative!

    • Shoestring says:

      If you want a real card it has to be Halifax Clarity

      • David says:

        Is Barclaycard not “real” enough for you?

        • Shoestring says:

          Barclaycard is a rubbish card for overseas spend, right?

          • David says:

            Platinum Travel? Fee free on purchases and foreign ATM withdrawals, even if you don’t pay until your direct debit is collected after your statement. None of this immediate payment faff that Clarity requires on ATM withdrawals.

            I mean, Barclaycard Plat Travel doesn’t give any rewards, so I use lots of legacy ones for purchases (Lloyds Avios, Horizon, Cap1 Plat), but Barclaycard is the best ATM option after you’ve used up your free Curve limit (or it’s a weekend).

          • Shoestring says:

            are you sure? T&Cs say ‘Non Sterling Transaction Fee: 2.99% of transaction (no minimum)’

          • Andrew says:


            No FX fees until 31/8/2022


    • Mark Lyon says:

      For overseas spend, I have use Santander Zero for several years now. No fees for spending or withdraws when abroad.

  • PaulC says:

    O/T I’m after recommendation:
    Flying to Hong Kong from Manchester Business class with my wife in January. Which one of these is best value and which one would you choose?
    Lufthansa £2,000 offer via Frankfurt on 747-8
    Swiss £2,000 offer via Zurich on 777-300ER
    BA £1,280 plus 150,000 Avios (using 2-4-2 Voucher) via Heathrow on A380

    • PaulC says:

      *2-4-1 Voucher even

    • Cam says:

      Depends on your Avios/cash valuation. If you won’t miss the extra £720 and collect *A miles, then LX or LH is a better deal, as you’ll earn a good number of miles. I’ve always found LH J adequate, and my one experience in LX J was also.

      • Shoestring says:

        and TPs

      • TGLoyalty says:

        These P class fares earn naff all miles on M&M

        Tbh I’d probably go on the one that has the best timing and shortest connection.

        Considering Avios is getting harder to collect paying would probably be the preference.

    • Memesweeper says:

      Personally I love the A380 and would always prefer that long haul. But £2k is a steal! You really should take one version of that deal.

      Please let me chip in my dufry referral code for the benefit of me and anyone who didn’t sign up yesterday:

    • Rob says:

      Swiss if solo, less difference with LH when with partner.

    • BJ says:

      They are not comparable, BA is flexible with the £35 fee, the others are not. So, BA if flexibility is important to you. If not, the one that offers the best compromise on flight times and duration. I also think a380 wins by a country mile but would love to fly any variant of a 747 one more time, 777s are horrible.

    • Prins Polo says:

      BA or Swiss. LH biz is not great.

    • Lady London says:

      I’d choose LX out of that lot. Unless the *A miles were useless to me.

      Sooner than the BA option, unless I had a 2-4-1 needing using promptly, I think I’d wait for a cash sale, on a OneWorld airline possibly as well as BA.

  • Tom Cook says:

    OT – I had the Harvey Nics offer on my plat but duplicated, and for different amounts, (spend £100 get £30/20 back). I spent £100 yesterday and triggered both emails – has anyone done this and if so can they say which amount credited?

  • krys_k says:

    OT please. I have a pretty huge HMRC bill to pay to a department that doesn’t appear to have a payment portal (and strangely enough, no real way of knowing that I should be making this payment in the first place – certainly an opportunity for the unscrupulous to take advantage of). I have been given the HMRC sort code and account number in Shipley (as far as I can see, the same as for many other payments) to which I need to append the reference number. From experience is there any way to make this payment via a readily available HMRC portal rather than via bank transfer? Or do any credit cards have the ability to make bank transfer like payments? Many thanks.

    • Liz says:

      I paid in a couple of years NI contributions last year which only take bank transfer and not credit or debit cards. I loaded the money into Revolt in smaller chunks and paid via bank transfer that way. Still got my IHG pts.

      • krys_k says:

        That’s very useful. Thanks.

      • Klaus-Peter Dudas says:

        Yep, Revolut is great for this kind of stuff. Makes the Premium / Metal fee worth it on it’s own…

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Apologies to possibly state the bleedin’ obvious … have you phoned them up and confirmed there is absolutely no possible way to make this with a debit card?

      • krys_k says:

        This is an outlier subject at HMRC. They don’t have a contact number or email. But that’s not surprising as It’s such a specialist area that I don’t suppose they have many such payments.

  • Kevin says:

    I stayed at the Murano hotel two years ago when it was an MGallery. It has a good location with a water bus stop just outside. I wouldn’t think Murano is an obvious choice if this is your first trip to Venice but it’s worth considering if you fancy something a bit different.

  • meta says:

    You need 2000 points for Gold membership with Dufry. At least that is what is saying on my app.

    • Rob says:

      My mistake – I think mine was telling me I need another 1600.

      • Shoestring says:

        100 free for filling in some personal details as well

        Everybody with a new Dufry a/c should be able to get 500 free points immediately

        • Trevor says:

          OK, I got the 300 + 100 for personal details. So 400. Where does the extra 100 come from?

  • Anna says:

    OT again! Has anyone stayed at the Martinique on Broadway (Curio collection)? I have a 3 night points booking at the Embassy Suites Manhattan at the end of May but the Martinique is showing at about $250 per night which is quite reasonable for NYC and I could save my points for a 5 night stay at a later date. As gold we’d get breakfast anyway, so that’s not a factor.

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