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Whilst nowhere near as generous as the Lufthansa / SWISS ‘2-4-1’ offers which also launched yesterday, British Airways has launched some decent offers to celebrate Valentine’s Day this week.

Here are the rules:

  • Book by Friday 14th February
  • Travel dates vary by route and are, frankly, VERY restricted on some of them
  • Two people must travel

Full details of this offer and the valid travel dates are on this page of ba.com.

Porto quayside

The most interesting deals are the three Club Europe routes from London Gatwick, to Bergamo, Nice and Porto.  These work out from £160 return per person.  This is a very decent deal if you want to pick up 80 British Airways Executive Club tier points whilst having a pleasant short break.

The pictures in this article are from my trip to Porto last week.

Porto tram

Short-haul in Club Europe:

Barcelona – £368 for two people

Bergamo (from Gatwick) – £319 for two people

Budapest – £446 for two people

Nice (from Gatwick) – £389 for two people

Paris – £416 for two people

Porto (from Gatwick) – £349 for two people

Prague – £444 for two people

Rome – £534 for two people

Venice – £466 for two people

Porto quayside

Long-haul in Club World:

Abu Dhabi – £2,800 for two people

Bangkok – £3,999 for two people

Boston – £2,999 for two people

Cape Town – £5,499 for two people

Chicago – £2,999 for two people

Dubai – £3,000 for two people

Durban – £5,299 for two people

Johannesburg – £5,299 for two people (or £1,980 in the Lufthansa sale!)

Muscat – £3,800 for two people (saves a whopping £30 per person ……!)

Nashville – £2,999 for two people

New York – £2,999 for two people

Seychelles – £3,199 for two people

Porto city centre

To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays.  You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card

Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.

PS.  If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on 10 reasons to get the FREE British Airways American Express credit card.


British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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 and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (113)

  • BJ says:

    OT: 80 years after Laithwaite BoJo and friends approve yet another SnailRail embarrasment that will almost certainly fail to see a train run between Leeds and London before a plane takes off from Heathrow’s third runway.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51461597

    • Anna says:

      I’m not a business person or a rail commuter but can shaving 30 minutes off the journey possibly be worth that amount of money? The Daily Mash (a hilarious take on every day events), has pointed out that this would fund 23 missions to Mars!

      • KevMc says:

        The whole ‘it’s only going to save x minutes? what a waste of money!’ argument is a massive failing of everyone involved in the project, as shaving times off the journey is not the main aim.

        The main aim and advantage it is to move this direct traffic off the existing lines in order to help free up capacity which would allow faster and more frequent local services. Unfortunately, this has not been well communicated since the inception of the project.

        • Rui N. says:

          Hear hear. The real rationale of HS2 is to add more rail capacity. To do that you need new lines. If you are building new lines the way to go is to build on a new right of way, not use the existing right of way, that was suited for Victorian times, but might or might not be suited for now. And as your building a new line, you should build to highest possible spec at the most reasonable cost, which is most of the case is a high-speed line, as it costs slightly more, but has much more potential to attract passengers. So, speed, is the last of the considerations.

        • Anna says:

          That does put a different slant on it. But most services seem to suffer disruption round these parts from drivers and conductors not bothering to show up for work. Apparently the problem is particularly bad at weekends for some reason…

  • marcw says:

    Another Avios airlines goes bankrupt: Air Italy.

  • Nick_C says:

    OT but no Bits. Just had an email from Monese closing down my account. I hadn’t really been using it much, but I hadn’t really been abusing it either.

    “Dear …

    We just need to let you know that we’ve completed all the checks that we’re required to perform in order to keep your account open.

    Unfortunately, because we couldn’t gather enough information, your account will now be closed.

    We’d like to give you some idea as to why we’re unable to continue servicing your account at this time.

    At Monese, we need to make sure that the use of your Monese account is compliant with certain legal requirements as issued by our regulator, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). These are rules that we are required to follow in order to service you as a customer.

    At this time, we haven’t been able to verify that your account activity falls in line with these FCA rules.

    Please note that we’re now unable to provide you with financial statements and we’re unable to reopen your account.

    In addition, any Direct Debits, payrolls or subscriptions linked to your account will be discontinued due to closure of your account. If funds have recently been transferred to your account but have not yet arrived, they will be returned to the sender.

    You do not currently have any funds on your account and your account will be closed without any further action.

    *Important: Unfortunately, we are now unable to reopen your account. If you do have any queries, please contact our Customer Services team. Do not respond directly to this email. *

    For more information, you can visit the FCA website:

    https://www.fca.org.uk/about/the-fca

    We’re very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    Kind regards,

    The Compliance Team”

    • Colin MacKinnon says:

      And N26 pulling out of UK and closing all UK accounts. Blaming Brexit.

      • Lady London says:

        Would that be more likely to be wider problems that N26 is using the UK thing as an excuse for? I will take a bet they will be cutting in other places too with different excuses.

        • Rob says:

          Almost certainly. Until a trade deal is finalised they are fine to operate. Revolut has an EU banking licence too, so they are in exactly the same position and don’t seem to be going anywhere. It may be that N26 did not think it was worth the expense of getting a separate UK banking licence, should one eventually be required.

    • Lady London says:

      What did you do to upset them? This out of the blue looks really harsh.

      • BJ says:

        Nothing about Monese surprises me, they’re nuts.

      • Nick_C says:

        10 Amex Top Ups totalling £1150 over 6 months. A couple of debit card top ups (£600). 3 small transfers in from my current ac totalling £250. Ten on line payments out. A couple of cash withdrawals at ATMs. One real world debit card attraction. So they weren’t making any money out of me. I had £30 sign up and referral bonuses and bought £250 of gift cards for £200.

        They didn’t contact me to ask for any info.

    • mark2 says:

      Did they ask you for any information, or is this just a standard email?

      • BJ says:

        I think they might just be a total shambles Mark. As far as I can tell from your reports everything has worked smoothly for you. By contrast I have zero confidence in my account because I don’t know what I’ll be able to do with it from one day to the next. Sometimes I cannot top up, sometimes I cannot withdraw cash, sometimes I cannot make payments, all despite the fact I keep a few hundred in the account at all times and use it for regular day to day transactions when it allows me. Worst of all, they take weeks to respond to email support requests. Sent them one informing them that I’m giving it to the end of the month to settle or I’m closing it, unless they do so first ofcourse.

        • Anna says:

          Would them closing an account have an impact on a customer’s credit rating?

          • BJ says:

            Shouldn’t do, there’s no credit facility on Monese (at least not in ghe sense we usually understand that).

  • sdconniechan says:

    Is there a calendar to show the discounted fare dates? I have no idea what dates are available for this BA promotion. Do I have to manually search?

  • Dr Doo says:

    OT: Anyone get their point from the Tesco Pet Insurance offer that was on here?

    • Shoestring says:

      far too early [If you cancel your policy within the first 35 days, you will not collect the Clubcard points. Clubcard number must be provided during quote if prompted. The Clubcard must be in your name and the Clubcard points will be added to a future Clubcard statement.]

  • Liam says:

    OT — Can you use non-UK cards with Curve? I have a low-five-figure student loan balance I’d like to pay off and I’m interested in using a US-registered Visa via Curve to do it, if possible.

    • Dr Doo says:

      Seriously doubt it as it probably wouldn’t let you add it, if it does however it might work

    • Moktar says:

      Yes, I have a European bank card (with non uk address) on my UK curve account

      • TGLoyalty says:

        However, curve works in Europe (the EU)

        Only reason I could see it failing is via address verification. It would probably be the zip. Is there a way for zip codes to be made to look like a uk postcode?

      • Bagoly says:

        Thank you very much for this. I have just added an EU credit card which has EU address.

        I thought I tried doing that last year and could not because it would not allow different addresses(countries) for different cards.
        Not sure whether they have expanded the functionality or my memory is wrong.

        Less positively, even as Legacy Black they seem to be charging a spread of 1.5%-2% on foreign spend during the week, so I am using only within currencies.

    • Liam says:

      Card added to Curve successfully (including verification). I’ll make a purchase tomorrow and see if it all goes through correctly.

  • Taylor says:

    OT: is it possible to use the Concorde Room at T5 if flying F from T3 and then go back to T3? Is CX lounge better than Concorde?

    • Stu N says:

      Nope. You won’t get airside in T5 without a T5 boarding pass.

      The Cathay F lounge is very pleasant though, and if you don’t like that there is the Qantas Lounge and BA F lounge to try, plus AA if you’re desperate. The George’s Vesselle champagne was drinking really well on Friday… hic…

      In fact, why not take in two or more?

      • Shoestring says:

        is it 6 you can try?

        BA F & J
        Cathay F & J
        Qantas
        AA

        • Shoestring says:

          and AA is admittedly a bit bare/ oldish/ dull

          but has self pour JD’s etc & the food wasn’t bad as such

          • Matt B says:

            Which as the best drinks…champagne/cocktails in particular if flying BA F? I assume Cathay F?

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Depends on your tipple I like the Qantas gins and cocktails

            Cathay J and F both have cocktail I don’t recall F champagne but most rate it.

          • Genghis says:

            Went to the AA T3 arrivals lounge for the first time on Monday. Not a bad space and a tasty eggs royale cooked to order.

  • Nicky says:

    Hi, no bits but 2-4-1 related. I have flights and car booked on 2-4-1 in September, if I had to cancel in next two weeks what would I lose money wise? (Had to pay taxes etc up front for flights). Thanks for any replies

    • BJ says:

      Cancellation fee is only £35, you get all the avios and voucher back. I don’t know about the car sorry.

    • Anna says:

      You can’t book the 2 4 1 as a package so I assume you mean you have a separate car hire booking? There’s no issue cancelling the flights, you would just pay £35 pp cancellation fee which is retained from the taxes/fees you have paid and you’ll get the avios and voucher back (with original expiry date). The car booking depends on the terms when you booked it, it’s not usually refundable as far as I know.

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