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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 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 (169)

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  • Lumma says:

    OT – if I was to upgrade a hand baggage only ticket to Club Europe, would this allow me to make a same day change like if I paid for an economy ticket with luggage?

    • Sam G says:

      My understanding is it then drops the flexibility, although the airport could delete the upgrade and then SDC you if you really wanted. But the advice I’ve seen on Flyertalk is to not upgrade any bookings you might want to change. You could try for an airport upgrade instead

      • Stu N says:

        If it’s an upgrade offer (eg in manage my booking “upgrade to Business for £59/£99 whatever”) it removes all flexibility from the ticket. A normal upgrade will change the fare rules, they should be displayed on the “upgrade “ screen before you pay.

        • lumma says:

          Thanks. That’s what I thought. I’ve just realised that I might need a checked bag on that leg and my options are pay E40 for a bag or E79 for the upgrade. I’m coming back from Tokyo on ANA to Frankfurt and I’ve given myself a decent layover and was hoping to get on an earlier flight back to London if everything runs smoothly.

          The extra tier points may help me retain Bronze for another year, but I was more looking to start chasing status again in the summer when I drop back to Blue

    • Londoner says:

      No. Fare rules remain the same as the original ticket.

  • Tom says:

    I see in the pet insurance that quotes from price comparison sites is invalid, however it doesn’t say that referrals are excluded. So assume that using a cash back site would work fine?

    • Shoestring says:

      see T&Cs on the cashyback site, which nearly always exclude using other codes

      but try it and see, obvs

      • Shoestring says:

        18 month moggy female cat spayed good health housecat you’re married – accidents/ injuries & basic illnesses = under £3.50/ month

        • Mike says:

          Answers exactly the questions I was thinking.
          Presumably insuring a stuffed toy cat doesn’t actually constitute fraud as long as you don’t claim?

          • Paul says:

            It certainly does fall within the definition of fraud viz dishonestly making a false representation, and
            intending by making the representation to make a gain for yourself or another, your gain being the 2500 Clubcard points.

          • Shoestring says:

            we have a genuine cat! I call her Tripsey, my wife calls her Spotty, my son calls her Lucky – she has very good insurance cover 🙂

          • Anna says:

            @Paul – except, loyalty points have no monetary value, therefore technically no gain. I dare say you might be blacklisted by the insurance company but I doubt very much that a criminal prosecution case could be made. Not that I am condoning such practices!

          • Bagoly says:

            Perhaps next year’s awards could include a category “Best comment by HFP reader”.
            From what we have seen in the first ten days, I nominate Shoestring for 08:29.

          • Callum says:

            Anna – While it’s never going to get that far, I struggle to believe you’ll find a judge who believes that £25 Clubcard vouchers aren’t worth anything just because a T&C somewhere claims it has no monetary value!

        • LewisB says:

          How can you cancel after the 35 days? Must it be a phone call?

          • Secret Squirrel says:

            Yes, remember your cats name as your asked as part of security q.

        • BJ says:

          Waited for your verdict Harry, thanks 🙂 How many of these can we do, one per household?

          • Shoestring says:

            it’s new customers only (!), so definitely max 1 per Tesco a/c & I only do 1 each for self, wife & son

        • avstar says:

          wow, london address more than doubles the cheapest quote :/

          • Lady London says:

            That’s why I ended up not doing it last time. See, the regions do get some privileges Londoners dont! The quotes I was getting for my London address made no sense no matter what I did! If you didn’t already have a cat, you wouldn’t get one based on all the quotes I got! Grrrr.

          • avstar says:

            that being said, if the Uber boost was still available… all day everyday!

      • Charlieface says:

        Random question for you, Harry: how many times have you used a code and it didn’t track and a claim got denied? I almost always get it anyway.

        • Shoestring says:

          I doubled up on Tesco car insurance a few times, ie Tesco points code + cashyback bonus – most of the time it just paid out both, once it got declined for cashyback bonus & claim rejected, once same but claim successful

          [with Tesco car insurance, I nearly always just do a new policy from scratch, which is invariably cheaper than the renewal quote plus there may be a Tesco points code & there’s always a cashyback bonus]

          • meta says:

            Anyone knows how to enter a Clubcard number? The form only asks for promo code.

          • Shoestring says:

            meta – don’t worry – same for my wife – the Tesco site can correlate name and address with your Clubcard details and in this case no need/ opportunity to input Clubcard number

          • Anna says:

            Harry, how do you tell which offers on T C B can be redeemed for avios? I’m probably just not seeing it!

          • Genghis says:

            “the Tesco site can correlate name and address with your Clubcard details” or sometimes not as I posted the other day. Just make sure you track what you’re owned.

          • Shoestring says:

            @Anna – navigate to the full page detailing the offer and under T&Cs/ What else is essential?/ Good to know – it will tell you about BACS only etc

            though cash can easily be turned into Avios, obvs

    • Charlieface says:

      Because in the case of insurance, the price comparison sites actually generate the quotes, which are usually cheaper than going direct to the insurer. A c/b site just gets normal affiliate payments for direct links.

  • krys_k says:

    OT. Is there a way to check for Virgin redemption showing full month view ? Both BA and Redemption Finder tool have this opportunity for BA flights but am struggling to do this using the Virgin website. Thanks

  • Mike says:

    Rob – any chance you could steam the key parts of the event (your address / the raffle) or upload to You Tube for those unable to attend.

  • NS says:

    Does anyone have a pet which makes the 6000 avios a worthwhile amount to take up the offer? I’m thinking the cheapest pet possible to trigger the offer.

  • krys_k says:

    OT. Any suggestions for a hotel in Tel Aviv? Doesn’t need to be super flash. But wife is 6 months pregnant and wants somewhere to relax, so pool would be great and near beach. Thanks !

  • Alan says:

    Sorry OT – but it is “Bits” after all!
    I am travelling next month with my wife and daughter and have booked a hotel room for 6 nights in an IHG property using points. I am considering paying for a second room so as to give us more space. If both rooms are booked in my name can I get points on the purchased room?

  • Frankie says:

    OT. Have people had their £1 bonus Avios when spending £4 on the BA Amex Card that ended 27th dec? I’ve got a few entries on my bill saying ‘bonus offer’ but it’s nowhere near what I would expect. I don’t even know if that’s referring to the specific offer.

    • Paul says:

      I’ve had a random 7 Avios post and that’s it. Still waiting for the 1000 Avios for the £50+ spend at a supermarket to post as well

    • Pablo says:

      Bonus points still keep trickling in. I’m seeing a number of AviosOffer credits on 8 and 9 January

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yes had about 460 was probably still owed 100 or so but decided I’d cancel my BAPP as the fee refund was worth far more than the points I’d earn.

    • Dev says:

      A few bonus Avios have trickled into my account but I have not yet received the 1000 extra Avios for £100 spend with BA.

    • RussellH says:

      Yes, after being slagged off here last week for commenting that they had still not arrived, a wodge of Amex Bonus credits to my account arrived dated Wednesday. A very few more than I had calculated too.

    • Nick_C says:

      My last ones have posted today. Makes you wonder about Amex’s IT capabilities. A couple of lines of SQL and a batch job would sorted this quickly and cleanly.

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