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EXCLUSIVE: Win 100,000 Avios with Cruise118 and Head for Points

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Today we are launching a fantastic new competition.  One lucky reader will win 100,000 Avios courtesy of Avios partner Cruise118.

We haven’t done a huge amount about cruising on Head for Points before, but we know that it’s a popular holiday choice for many readers.  If it’s something you or a family member are considering, it can be a lucrative way of earning additional Avios.

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How earn Avios with Cruise118

Cruise118 offers you 3 Avios for every £1 spent which is an attractive earn rate.  For example, a 10 day cruise around Italy and the Med on the luxury cruise operator Regent Seven Seas could earn you over 18,000 Avios PER PERSON.

Not only that, Cruise118 is currently offering up to 10% off and up to £300 onboard spending money in their Big Cruise Sale so it’s a good time to get booking.  You can visit their website here to find out more.

How can I win 100,000 Avios?

The competition is very straightforward to enter.  Simply fill out the Gleam app at the bottom of this post (or by clicking through to the Gleam website) and leave your name and email address. That’s it.

We are also offering you the opportunity to double your chances and receive a second entry to the competition by signing up to Cruise118’s email newsletter.  This is optional but is worthwhile as you will be first to hear about their special offers and sales.

Earn Avios with Cruise118

If you don’t choose to get a second entry by signing up to the Cruise118 newsletter, your details remain confidential and will not be passed to Cruise118 (unless you win!).  Head for Points will not use your email address for any other purpose.  We will delete all of the data at our end after the winner has been confirmed.

The rules

Here is a summary of the rules. The official version can be found by clicking ‘Terms & Conditions’ in the entry widget below.

You must be at least 18 years old

You must be a resident of the United Kingdom and must be accessing this website from inside the UK

Entries are limited to one submission per person

The competition closes at midnight, London time, on 31st January 2020.

The winner will be selected automatically by the software which collates the entries. The winner will be contacted by email and must confirm their details, including their UK residency, within 48 hours.

If you cannot see the entry widget below, please click here and you will be directed to a special website to enter.

Good luck.

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 (73)

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  • Tom says:

    OT: probably a stupid question but want to be sure – AMEX Gold travel insurance

    Scenario: I am going to pay for my train tickets and my flights with my AMEX gold. I have booked a train at 10:00 which will get me to Paddington by 12:00 then, I’ll get another train to Heathrow and arrive at the airport around 2h before my flight. My train to Paddington had been cancelled due to signalling fault (as well as other trains) and I’ve missed my flight. Does the insurance cover the price of a new ticket?

    Or alternatively, let’s say that I’ve booked two separate advanced tickets – one from Oxford to London and then another separate one to Southampton … The first train breaks down & I have to get another one, missing my second one – does AMEX gold insurance covers this too?

    Luckily, neither of those scenarios happened to me but they did nearly happen to me during last few weeks …

    • Harry T says:

      I’m pretty sure AMEX Gold doesn’t have any travel insurance but may be wrong.

      • Tom says:

        Thanks for your answers guys.

        Does that mean that platinum covers the other stuff too? Alternatively, does any other credit card covers cases mentioned in my scenarios?

        • Shoestring says:

          you’d have to read the T&Cs on Amex Plat insurance – easy to google – but most people say they are perfectly reasonable/ generous in terms of sorting you out on flights, I just don’t know about trains

          whereas – Section 75 (Credit cards only) provides excellent free protection provided you paid over £100 on a *credit* card / *not* charge card (ie a £100+ transaction, it could cover several segments under £100 & that would be OK but the payment must be over £100 – not that it all has to be on the credit card but let’s not get confusing as most people would just pay everything on 1 card). You won’t get compo but you should be sorted out with nothing further to pay in terms of your journey and any consequential losses are also covered. To understand it more intuitively, realise that the credit card is jointly & severally liable for fulfilling your travel contract with the airline/ train co/ etc etc.

    • Callum says:

      If you miss your train because another train was delayed, you’re allowed to take the next available one (with the same operator and only if you left enough time for the connection) for free.

  • Craig Boneham says:

    Just what me and my partner needs!

  • Lee says:

    Air asia flights to europe look like they about to start up again announcement tmw .

    Flights on sale tmw with 20% off think it starts at 12 noon uk time.

  • Keith Young says:

    We have done over 120 cruises. With kids and without them over the past 25 years.
    Today we travel with Seabourn, small premium…let’s call it business class. This and lines like Silversea are not for kids. They actively discourage them by not having kiddie themed ‘toys’ or activities.

    When we took our kids there were a number of options.

    P&O expect a very British experience that we tended to avoid.

    RCCL big ships that if you have the right cruising attitude towards holidaying may be a good option. Lots of entertainment for adults and children. Mix of Brits and Americans maybe Scandis/Europeans if starting in the Med (not if from Southampton will be Brits)
    PRINCESS big ships and very similar profile to RCCL
    DISNEY you’ll either love it or get Mickie’d out.
    NCL have never travelled with these guys so no experience
    CARNIVAL tend to be party ships that depending on venue can be very hispanic. Avoid
    COSTA Had one and hated it. Too many languages!
    CELEBRITY More upscale than RCCL so may give a better adult holiday. Would be my choice if taking my grandkids

    Hopefully something here is of interest although a lot will also depend on port of departure and itinerary.

  • Julia Linsley says:

    Fabulous competition

  • Butterworth Butterworth says:

    Good prize

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