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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.


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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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  • TripRep says:

    This is the way.

    The Mandolrian is the best thing on Disney+

    Last couple of episodes were Cinema quality in story and visuals.

    • Craig says:

      The end of the last episode after the credits was definitely a wow moment.

    • Crafty says:

      “Cinema quality”

      TV series have been where you find world-class storytelling for at least a decade now!

    • Jon G says:

      Disagree – Wandavision is at least on par if not better (but requires some pre-requisite knowledge of the Avengers/Thanos storyline)!

    • Cat says:

      + 1 The Mandolorian is brilliant too! A fantastic cast – I particularly liked Timothy Olyphant and Katee Sackhoff’s recurring characters.

  • LewisB says:

    Thanks for this, Rob. My girlfriend’s subscription was ending shortly so I’ve just signed up in my name instead.

  • Matty says:

    Slingbox are switching off their servers next year. I was looking for a replacement to stream Sky when I’m away. I’ve come across something similar by VBox Communications: https://vboxcomm.com/product/vbox-android-tv-gateway-for-satellite/

    Does anyone have any experience of a VBox? Will it do the job that Slingbox did?

    • Amo says:

      I’ve not used one of those, but you could look at buying something like a Hauppage PVR and connect it to a Raspberry Pi. The use the Pi to multicast over a network that you could then access using something like VLC player.

    • Brighton Belle says:

      I’ve had every Slingbox made and watched uk Tv over the crappiest 300kb wifi in remote deserts because their compression algorithm was fab. The Pi Vpn alternative has been extremely stable but needs a decent 1mb wifi connexion. The need to place shift your subscription media services looks timely with a new box. Looks like I need to spend some more cash. Currently we use HDhomerun but this is about as stable as a house of cards in a hurricane.

  • Jasdev says:

    Hi Rob, I spotted your comment about Apple TV+ and wanted to chime in.
    I struggle with the need to scroll endlessly to find something, anything worth watching on streaming services. Fortunately there are streaming service search engines, I use JustWatch (https://www.justwatch.com/uk) by which I select only the service I’m interested in, and to sort by popularity or iMDb score.
    I had a free trial to Amazon Prime Video and now a free trial to Apple TV+, and though I haven’t used the latter much, the one thing I made time to watch on there was On the Rocks with Bill Murray, which I highly recommend.

  • Rod says:

    TEHRAN on Apple is excellent

  • TeesTraveller says:

    You mean BA actually have a web portal where you can get avios points from your shopping?

  • Amo says:

    Would a gift subscription that covers the annual cost qualify? I have a 6 month free Disney+ subscription from a recent Sonos purchase that still has 4 months to run. I’m thinking I could buy an annual pass under my wife’s name and start it when my trial expires.

  • Eric says:

    Hi Robert

    If you are looking for watchable content on Apple TV+. check out Servant and Ted Lasso. Don’t be put off by the football theme of Ted Lasso, it’s so much more than that. Happy viewing.

    • Ian says:

      I second that, I have zero interest in football and loved Ted Lasso. Hilarious!

    • DT says:

      I got Apple TV+ free for a year for buying an Apple product and am hoping it lasts long enough to get Ted Lasso season 2. Absolutely brilliant show. My wife has zero interest in football and was the one saying “one more episode!” every evening. Really really beautiful show.

      A number of other titles on Apple TV+ are also well worth the watch, very happily surprised at the quality of their shows. If Ted Lasso season 2 doesn’t come out during my free trial I will definitely subscribe.

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