News in brief:
We have a winner of our Cruise118 competition
Thank you to everyone who entered our recent Cruise118 competition.
Congratulations to Ruth H, who was the lucky winner of 100,000 Avios.
If you or a family member are thinking about a cruise, remember that you can earn 3 Avios for every £1 spent with Cruise118.
There are some great February offers available at the moment when you book with Cruise118 including:
- Up to $700 onboard spending included with Celebrity Cruises (that’s a hell of a lot of cocktails ….)
- Kids sail from just £99pp with Royal Caribbean
- Save 10% with Silversea
- All-inclusive drinks with MSC Cruises
Cruise118 also has a price-match promise – if you find a cheaper price elsewhere, they’ll match it, which means you can always maximise your Avios earning potential when booking a cruise. Use this link to the Cruise118 website to see how many Avios you’ll earn with any itinerary.
Ruth has been contacted so if there are any other Ruth H’s out there reading, I’m afraid it wasn’t you this time.
Thanks again for taking part and make sure you check out our new Qatar Airways competition to win two Business Class flights.
British Airways running a new family promotion for half term
If you travelling through Heathrow (from 14th to 17th February) or Gatwick (from 14th to 21st February) with children, you may be able to take part in a new ‘I love to travel’ feature.
The check-in desks will be handing out blank cards headlined ‘I love to travel because …..’. Your children will be encouraged to fill them in and hand them to the cabin crew upon boarding.
Assuming that flight conditions allow, the Captain or First Officer will read out as many of the cards as possible over the PA system during the flight. Children who have their cards read out will, if possible, be invited to the flight deck on landing for a photo opportunity with the pilots.
Here’s one which I saw on Twitter yesterday although I have some doubts about its authenticity:
British Airways launches a great deal to ….. Shanghai
Who wouldn’t want to travel to Shanghai at the moment?
British Airways is keen to send you, albeit it doesn’t actually have any flights operating. Don’t let that put you off though.
You can currently book British Airways flights from Madrid or Barcelona to Shanghai for just £1,100. This is a great deal, especially as you will pick up (amongst other things you might pick up) 360 Executive Club tier points for the trip.
This fare is available virtually every day from 1st April which is when flights are due to resume. Here is a typical fare at €1,270 (£1,094):
You can book on ba.com here.
PS. If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons to apply for the FREE British Airways American Express credit card.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
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:
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.)