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Earn triple Avios at Bicester Village
If you are planning a shopping trip to the Bicester Village designer outlet in Oxfordshire in the near future, you can can pick up triple Avios with your shopping.
The standard earning rate for Avios at Bicester Village is 5 Avios for every £4 you spend. During this promotion you will earn 15 Avios for every £4 you spend.
You may also find that you have a generous Bicester Village cashback offer available, either via American Express or any Visa or Mastercard you have. This will stack with the bonus Avios.
(You may even be able to triple dip if you have an affinity offer which gets you a 10% VIP discount card, such as the one given to American Express Platinum or HSBC Jade customers. Simply show your card at Guest Services.)
Full details of the offer can be found here.
Make sure you understand the process for claiming your Avios. You need to submit copies of your receipts via email on the same day that you make your purchases.
Plaza Premium promotion for American Express Platinum cardholders
If you are travelling through Heathrow Terminal 2, Heathrow Terminal 5 or Gatwick North over Christmas, your best bet for an independent airport lounge is probably Plaza Premium.
Here is our latest review of Plaza Premium Heathrow Terminal 2 and our latest review of Plaza Premium Heathrow Terminal 5. We haven’t reviewed the new Gatwick lounge yet (which is the old Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse) but Sinead has been and recommends it.
Whilst Plaza Premium is no longer part of Priority Pass, you can get access for yourself and a guest by showing an American Express Platinum charge card at the door.
From 13th December to 1st January, Plaza Premium is also allowing American Express Platinum cardholders to bring in one child (under 12 years of age) for free.
This won’t benefit everyone – if your partner has a supplementary Platinum card on your account you can already get four people in between you – but will benefit those with three children or an adult travelling alone with two children.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2022 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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:
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.
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
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
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:
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
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
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.