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News: I’m in ‘The Club’, get £40 off Finnair (and British Airways?) flights

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News in brief:

I’m in ‘The Club’

British Airways Executive Club has kindly included me in an article on ‘super travellers’ in the latest online edition of ‘The Club’ magazine, which happens to be a celebratory 100th edition.

They say:

“They’ve been here the longest and flown the most. They’re the travellers you want at your dinner party (and next to you on the plane).”

That might be pushing it a bit (!), and regular readers will know that Rhys does most of the flying for the site these days, but it was good to be asked. You can read my contribution here.

In typical BA fashion, you’ll get a ‘Not Secure’ warning in your browser because it hasn’t paid up for an SSL certificate ….

British Airways Super Travellers

Save £40 on a Finnair (and BA?) flight of £180+

American Express and Finnair have launched a new cashback deal.

If targetted (check the ‘Offers’ tab for each of your American Express cards) you will receive £40 cashback when you spend £180+ at by 15th November.

The cashback is only valid on flights from the UK. This is obviously useful if planning a weekend break in Helsinki, especially as British Airways no longer flies there.

You may be able to play smarter though.

Because Finnair is part of the American Airlines / Iberia / British Airways transatlantic joint venture, you can buy British Airways transatlantic flights via the Finnair website. The pricing should match what you get on

You will earn Avios and tier points regardless as long as you add your British Airways Executive Club number whilst booking.

Note that if you have BA status you will earn fewer Avios – which offsets your £40 saving – than booking the same flight on This is because BA flights booked on will usually come with an AY flight number. This means that they are treated as Finnair services and do not trigger an Avios status bonus.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

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