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News in brief:

Save £50 on Addison Lee taxi bookings

Addison Lee has launched a new £50 discount offer which will be especially attractive to American Express Platinum cardholders.  This is because of one of the benefits of The Platinum Card is a £10 per month statement credit from Addison Lee.

You will receive £10 off the next five bookings you make via the Addison Lee app.

Rides must be for £15 or more.  The offer runs until 2nd February.  Promo code JAN10 must be used each time you book.  New and existing Addison Lee app users can take part.

Full details of the offer can be found on the Addison Lee website here.

If you are reading this on mobile you can download the Addison Lee app by clicking here.

Addison Lee discount code

Get 6,000 Avios with Tesco Bank pet insurance

Tesco Bank has launched a pet insurance offer.

You will earn 2,500 Clubcard points, which converts into 6,000 Avios or 6,250 Virgin Flying Club miles, when you take out a policy.

Full details are on the Tesco Bank website here.  The offer is open to all Clubcard holders and does not say it is targeted.

You need to keep the policy for 35 days to get the points.  The cheapest ‘Accident & Injury’ policies do not count.

The last date to apply is 31st March.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (169)

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  • Boi says:

    OT: hoping someone would know….any advice on which frequent flyer program to join for someone who lives in South Africa and travels mainly around Southern Africa for work? Usually flies South African airways or air Botswana.

  • maccymac says:

    OT received an email from Heathrow rewards may be useful to someone:

    “To celebrate the new decade, Malaysia Airlines has partnered with Heathrow Rewards to offer members an exclusive saving. You will receive up to 15% off flights, until 25 January 2020, by using the code ‘HEATHROW’ when you book. The code applies further reductions to current Malaysia Airlines promotions in Economy, Business Class and Business Suite classes.

    Malaysia Airlines flies twice daily on the state-of-the-art A350 from Heathrow Terminal 4 to Kuala Lumpur and onwards to amazing destinations in Malaysia, Southeast Asia and Australasia.”

  • Harry T says:

    I’ve booked two business returns from London to Hong Kong with Swiss (via Zurich) in November for £1079 each.

    • Shoestring says:

      good time to book hotels

    • Lady London says:

      And before you ask, the answer is A3. Or possibly OZ or TK 🙂

      • Harry T says:

        Already been on wheretocredit, @Lady London ;). Thanks as always for your advice. Trying to figure out whether this could make serious headway towards any status.

        • Lady London says:

          See above, the order is not accidental. Might change if you want to keep *all* the miles as not every scheme has family acct or transferability.

      • BJ says:

        @LL & HT, not convinced about this. Harry is unlikely to do much with *A from NCL/EDI, even allowing for the fact LH is an option from both. *A probably always going to be third in line behind BA and VS. Hence, I would be looking for miles I could use, and also add to from sources other than SPG card. Therefore, I think SQ is worth considering as they have some sweet spots, have spontaneous awards, and are an amex MR and dollar card transfer partner.

        • Lady London says:

          Good point BJ.

          I was in SQ and found them Lufthansa-like in earning any miles to do very much at all was very hard graft. Some sweet spots as you say. I also have never used a card as a miles feeder. I came to this hobby many years after my claimable high work expenses & travelling jobs were complete, sadly. The Jade thing might give a head start I suppose. A3 has gone off a bit but still best for me as I have low expectations of flights that can be bought with miles.

        • Lady London says:

          PS agree *A is pretty much 3rd choice behind OneWorld and possibly VS(with KL? we don’t know yet) from the UK, however HT has bought the LX flight already so it’s more a question if where to stash the *A miles. IIRC A3 has a big bang in J on that route, a giant golden leap (bar a quick additional long weekend asap to some Greek Island via Athens), will be very pleased for HT if SQ can come close but doubtful.

        • Harry T says:

          Good point about *A – there’s few flights out of Newcastle and Edinburgh and I seem to recall redemptions are poor value within Europe.

          I’m a big fan of KrisFlyer – when I was in Australia, I used the majority of my Amex MR to fly LHR to Darwin in Business (95,000 SQ miles and about £100 of taxes I seem to recall) and for some short hops across to Singapore in SIlkAir Business. As I still have about 20k MR floating around in my UK Amex account, I could potentially build a balance again with KrisFlyer and do something useful.

        • Lady London says:

          PS make sure you only sign up to *A prog just before the flight unless you have another reason. Whatever the flight gets you should then be prompt and longlasting.

        • BJ says:

          Ok, makes sense. I didn’t really know what earnings were like on SQ but thought it would be worth a look. Apart from my unexciting and dormant LH balance I’ve never really looked at *A since the demise of BMI. I also missed out on the best of the game by not taking it seriously enough. I was a passive UA MP collector and banked millions of miles with 300% earnings and bonuses. I remember feeling quite chuffed with myself at the time only to groan later when I learned what it might have been if I credited all those flights to BMI DC.

      • Mark says:

        What fare class are they? We’ve got a Lufthansa P class booking to Hong Kong coming up from the last “two together” sale, but many partners don’t award anything for Lufthansa P class.

        After some research SQ looks like the best option… very unlikely we’ll get any status out of it, so just on the basis of what we’ll get in miles and the potential value of them in isolation (as we rarely fly *A). TBH at just under £1000 each for the fare I’m not expecting a lot, but it looks like Swiss might have been the better choice in that respect.

    • BJ says:

      So have you scrapped your 241 to TYO?

      • Harry T says:

        Yes, I scrapped the 241 after a discussion with my partner – we decided weren’t keen to spend most of our Avios in one go, especially as they are hard to earn for us now. I think we will end up using them on RFS from Edinburgh and Manchester, and regional flights in Asia and Australia. For Long Haul we are flexible enough to book sale fares.

        The decision was also heavily influenced by the fact that BA changed our tickets less than two hours after we booked the 241 and put us into Club World instead! It appears they changed the aircraft. We were not offered any form of compensation when emailed about the changes – not even a refund of the Avios difference between First and Club!

        With these excellent Swiss business fares, we have just over two weeks in Asia. The plan is to spend a few days in HKG and then explore Singapore and maybe KL as well. Looks like using Avios on Cathay and Malaysian is good value and easy. Open to your advice as I know you’re an experienced traveller in this area. It’s my partner’s first time in the East. I have been to Bangkok, Penang, Singapore and some of the Thai islands.

        • Lady London says:

          I hope you didn’t let BA deduct any cancellation fee after that HT. They don’t have a leg to stand on.

        • BJ says:

          I was going to say yesterday you might lose your F seats to Club Suites on the TYO trip. The good thing about RFS from NCL/EDI is that you can use for stopover in London. Then there is the weekend options from EDI and MAN. In Asia there are some great MH zone 1 redemptions. HKG to/from BKK in CX J is also a sweet spot.

        • Harry T says:

          Do you mean using RFS to fly to London and connect? Or do you mean adding it as part of a 241 long haul?

          I was thinking about J to Bangkok with Cathay so we get to experience their lounges at HKG. Availability looks wide open at present. Do you think we could do Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore justice in 16 days? Or would you focus on one or two cities?

        • Polly says:

          You might want to throw in a week in Bali. We hop bk and forth around those routes frequently, using CX and MAS. But equally, air Asia v good for short hops, as you probably have experienced. Use CUX J and get into the Pier or Wing in HKG, fabulous experience. And MAS have upgraded their golden lounges too.

        • Shoestring says:

          @HarryT – yes 16 days is enough for the 3 cities, you wouldn’t feel rushed if you enjoy the connecting flights and see them as part of the fun, conversely if you or your partner see the travelling as a chore you might want to concentrate on 2 ie Bangkok and HK (there is less to justify time in Singapore imv) – and even then I personally would want to see Bangkok quickly then get out to nearby coastal places etc after the chaotic city!

      • Harry T says:

        @LL they tried to charge a cancellation fee but I wasn’t having any of that! I was also still within 24 hours of booking, so I reminded them of their T&Cs.

        To their credit, the agent on the phone was polite and professional. I still haven’t actually got my 241 voucher back but the agent did manage to manually credit me back the 204k Avios immediately. The booking is still showing as a cancellation in progress, so I suspect the voucher will arrive back when the cancellation is finished. The change to the booking fare class appears to have made cancellation more tricky on the IT side. Allegedly my taxes and charges will be refunded within 7-10 days.

        • Lady London says:

          Cheeky *******s. Watch it like a hawk HT. Make sure you get everything you’re due. Coincidental eqot change? Really?

          Shows us BA hasn’t given up targeting 241’s for downgrades, just they will do it now only when there’s no compensation payable. The only decent thing BA did here (probably by accident) is let you know immediately.

          If you want to experience real First then BJ will know more about thus but if you’ve got 2 weeks is First on JL or CX from HKG to TOK too long? Japan is unique and I’d go back there in a heartbeat.

        • Harry T says:

          Don’t worry, I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

          I’d love to visit Tokyo and I think we may have enough time. Partner wants to do Singapore though. Sadly can’t find any F availability between Tokyo and HKG with JAL or CX for these dates – I’d love to try their F.

        • Nick_C says:

          You won’t find F on JAL between HKG and TYO because the highest class on that route is J. I did it in Dec and it was superb. Its a short flight. Scheduled as 4 hours, but flying time is about 3.20

        • Lady London says:

          SIN is the one I’d dump off that. Its too easy to do some time there on another trip as many, many routes to there from everywhere even including USA, and end route to Oz., plus so many other routes you could be doing in future would naturally give you a stopover in SIN if you wanted one.

  • JamesW says:

    I predict a sudden surge in deaths of previously young healthy house bound cats in about 35 days time

  • bookish says:

    The cost of pet cover seems to have rocketed on the last day! £63 per annum to insure a 2 year old moggy.

    • Shoestring says:

      I can still get £2.90 – are you in London? where I guess more cats die on the roads but you should be saying indoor cat anyway

      • bookish says:

        No, and it’s odd as when I looked yesterday I had a quote similar to what you had reported. Have deleted cookies and no change.

  • CB says:

    Well, the Addison Lee thing does not work with airport pickups and they charge for parking. So today I ended up paying £22.5 more than expected for an Addison Lee Heathrow pickup. Just saying…

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