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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 (March 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

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 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.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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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  • Kevin C says:

    The Beastie Boys documentary on Apple is great. The one about meteorites is pretty good too.

    Disney plus is about to get an extra ‘tile’ of grown up content with Star.

    • Cat says:

      Ah yes, I forgot about “Fireball” – it’s a Werner Herzog, so it’s obviously marvellous

  • James. says:

    Right think its time to cancel the current subscription and sign up again fresh. Only paid £49.99 last year due to early bird now they want an extra £30. I will stick with £59.99 and some Virgin points please.

  • Waddle says:

    Just FYI in case some are holding off getting Disney+ because of the limited content; Disney+ is getting another slate called Star which will include some more adult content from Fox such as the Die Hard films, Lost Family Guy etc. This is basically the UK version of Hulu and the reason for the price rise.

  • Liz says:

    My daughter and her partner subscribe to Disney+ for the superhero stuff but we are able to use her login for free. We watched the stage show Hamilton a while back – not sure if it’s still available.

  • Tim says:

    Just switched from a monthly subscription to an annual subscription. Hope I am still eligible for the bonus Avios? I couldn’t see anything in the BA eShop to say that you had to be a brand new subscriber.

  • Nathan says:

    Ted Lasso is on Apple TV and is worth it just for that. It was a most unexpected pleasure. Recommend.

  • David says:

    Watched “Long Way Up” on Apple tv+.
    Third series follow up to Long Way Round / Long Way Down.

    This time Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are driving electric motorcycles from the tip of South America upwards. (And struggling to charge them).

  • Ali M says:

    just upgraded and the email confirmation that I got says ‘ PRICE
    £59.99 / first year
    and after that £59.99 / year’
    i will keep the email safe 😎 sounds like the price is locked or they may have to do a good will and keep it 59 for me for second year any way

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