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Redeem Avios on two new Japanese airlines from today

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Your Avios have just become slightly more useful. From today, two new airlines have joined the oneworld alliance as affiliate members.

The two airlines joining oneworld are Japan Air Commuter and Hokkaido Air System. These companies are both majority owned by Japan Airlines Group, whose core Japan Airlines brand is a long-established full member of oneworld.

Japan Air Commuter and Hokkaido Air System join oneworld

These two airlines give you more options to earn and spend Avios in Japan. Between them, they fly to 20 Japanese cities. Four of these cities become oneworld airports for the first time:

  • Kikai
  • Okinoerabu
  • Tajima
  • Yakushima

Based in Kagoshima on Japan’s Kyushu island, Japan Air Commuter serves  the islands of Kagoshima, Okinawa and the western cities of Japan.

Hokkaido Air System, established in 1997, is based in Hokkaido, Sapporo and serves Hokkaido Prefecture and Aomori Prefecture on Honshu.

J-AIR and Japan Transocean Air, two other regional carries owned by Japan Airlines, are already oneworld affiliates.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 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 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

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 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 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (3)

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  • Jonathan says:

    It’s just a shame Japan have still got their borders closed to tourists!

  • Alan says:

    Love that Radisson – had an amazing stay there last year, was in the penthouse apartment in the middle of the photo, on the top floor. Great value redemption! 👍👍

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