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Despite having two children, I have managed to avoid signing up for the new Disney+ streaming service so far. They are possibly in the age gap between the animated classics and the superhero movies.

(I did get a free year of Apple TV with my new iPhone, but I am still struggling to find any watchable free content on it.)

If signing-up for Disney+ has been at the back of your mind for a while, you should note that the annual subscription cost is jumping from £59.99 to £79.99 after 23rd February.

An Avios or Virgin Points-shaped carrot

As a further carrot to signing up, the British Airways shopping portal and the Virgin Atlantic Shops Away portal are both offering 1,500 points on top.

If you value an Avios or Virgin Point at 1p, then you are getting your first year of Disney+ for just £45. Even if you use the Avios for Nectar credit at 0.8p per point, you are getting £12 to spend in Sainsbury’s.

The Avios link you need is here.

The Virgin Points link you need is here.

Both services offer a smaller incentive of 75 points if you sign-up for a monthly subscription. This is a poor deal (it isn’t 75 points per month – it is 75 points in total) and you are only protected from the price rise for six months.

Remember that the price rise kicks in after 23rd February.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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 £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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 (92)

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  • lumma says:

    I’m on an O2 SIM only deal, I’ve basically had Disney+ for free since it launched by taking it as my “free” add on. When that runs out, I just “upgrade” to a new SIM only contract and get another 6 or 12 months.

    If I ever wanted to leave O2, it’s possible to upgrade to a 30 day contract at any point then hand in your 30 day notice. I don’t really value any of the other fee options either, although I only really watch the Simpsons on Disney Plus

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Wish one of the bigger players acquired discovery plus. Some great content, but hate to pay for 3/4 services at same time.

  • ChrisC says:

    I’ve just been given another free 6month of Apple TV but a lot of the things I wanted to watch were links to other pay to view sites.

    I got Disney + for six months via O2 and that expired last week.

    There is a priority offer for it but not looked at what it is so task for the weekend is to compare that offer against this one.

  • Baji Nahid says:

    Apple TV is a scam. Its just pointless and completely not worth using it.

    • Craig says:

      There’s the odd bit of content worth watching, Ted Lasso, Greyhound. It’s certainly not worth paying for and I won’t be renewing when my trial runs out.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Doesn’t it get extended every time you buy a new Apple product?

        Mine was due to expire this month but seems to have been extended 6 months after I upgraded to the iPhone 12

    • Ali M says:

      agreed gor now but they are taking off.I have had it free since launch & will have it free till July 21.
      Ted Lasso,Greyhound,The morning show,for all mankind,truth be told,defending jacob are all really good
      I would likely have it from July only because of the ‘apple one’ plan as need the storage,do use apple news and have been becoming an addict of the apple fitness plus 😇

    • Red Flyer says:

      I’m only using as free and only way I know to have BT Sports, Now TV Sports, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney apps all in one place without a subscription service like BT?

    • Rich says:

      I’ve had it free for a year. Watched The Morning Show and the Long Way Up. Both OK, but they’re not must-sees. I don’t think I’d be clamouring to pay a subscription.

      They’ve just given me another 6 months for free, and I think my flatmate has a free year with his new laptop.

      They don’t do themselves any favours by reusing to be available on Chromecast or any of the set top boxes.

    • Rhys says:

      Boys State is fantastic, too.

      I’m looking forward to Foundation – looks absolutely stunning and like it could do for sci-fi what Game of Thrones did for fantasy:

      • Craig says:

        Me too Rob with Foundation, they have a lot to live up to.

      • Cat says:

        Ted Lasso is brilliant, and we’re looking forward to season 2 of For All Mankind and The Morning Show when they come out – totally worth it for those series alone. I’ll put Greyhound, Boys State and Foundation on the list!

        • Rhys says:

          FYI Greyhound is a fairly average naval film – it’s fine but nothing to shout home about

  • Craig says:

    Slightly off topic; I added Netflix to my Sky package a few days ago. My Sky bill came down by £2 a month and I also saved the £14 a month I was paying to Netflix.

  • MattB says:

    Cheers Rob, was about to sign up as my wife’s Disney sub is ending in 4 weeks so better to sign up now in my name.

    By the way, For All Mankind on Apple tv is excellent IMO and season 2 starts today

  • Ali M says:

    thanks Headforpoints – I was about to sign up this week

  • AndyS says:

    I’ve read elsewhere that if you sign up for the monthly before the rise you get the 5.99 for 6 months before it goes up to 7.99 (the price for existing customers is frozen until first bill after 23 Aug). I can’t guarantee that existing customers means any in place before the 23 Feb but other articles suggest it does. I’m not sure there’s enough for me on there, as I have Netflix and Amazon Prime already.

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