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A great new bonus of 45,000 Avios launched last week on the British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card.

This card is aimed at small businesses and sole traders. You can get the bonus even if you have a personal British Airways Amex card. The only people who are excluded are those who have had an Amex Business card in the past year.

This is a VERY generous offer if you run your own business, however small. You can find out more in our article here.

You can apply here. The offers runs to 28th February.

British Airways BA Amex American Express cards


As a reminder, here are the limited time credit card sign-up bonuses which have launched in the last couple of weeks:

British Airways American Express

Until 28th February, you will receive 10,000 Avios when you apply for the free BA Amex credit card. Click for our full article or apply here.

British Airways Premium Plus American Express

Until 28th February, you will receive 40,000 Avios when you apply for the BA Premium Plus Amex card. Click for our full article or apply here.


Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa (for small business)

Got an SME? Until next Friday, 4th February we are running an exclusive offer for Head for Points readers on the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card. This is an EXCELLENT deal.

You get points worth 30,000 Avios just for signing up and spending £5,000 (the annual fee is £99) and you earn 1 Avios per £1 spent. The card has NO FX fees and, as a Visa, it is accepted everywhere.

Click here to learn more about the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa or click here to apply.

PS. Don’t think you can spend £5,000 in three months? Here’s why the card could be worth it even if your small business can’t reach the minimum spend threshold.

Remember that next Friday is your last chance to earn 30,000 Avios from Capital On Tap.

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The latest travel and aviation news:

The big news this week is that the UK government has ended travel testing entirely for all UK arrivals from 11th February. No more PCR or lateral flow tests when you come home.

British Airways has announced it will be moving in with American Airlines at JFK Terminal 8 in December, and has unveiled some sexy new CGI renders of what the new lounges will look like.

Credit card news:

Amex cashback offers have been a little quiet in recent weeks, but you can get £150 cashback with Marriott Homes & Villas. It’s like a posh Airbnb ….

American Express is currently running a special offer for anyone who upgrades from the Green Charge Card or Gold Charge Card to the Amex Platinum Card. You can net yourself 30,000 Membership Rewards points.

If you have a small business and travel a lot then the American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum cards could be perfect for you. Here’s how they can improve your business travel.

British Airways news:

Nutmeg is running an offer this month giving you the opportunity to earn 300,000 Avios with an ISA or SIPP. It closes on Monday.

Not strictly BA related, but it appears that oneworld stablemate American Airlines is refurbishing its Heathrow lounge. Could it finally mean a new Flagship lounge at Heathrow?

Avios and Nectar have launched a new conversion offer. You can pick between earning double Nectar points or entering a competition to win 50,000 Avios. The choice is yours.

Submitting an HMRC self-assessment tax return? Don’t forget you can use Billhop to earn Avios when you do. You’re not too late – HMRC is giving you until the end of February to pay as a covid mitigation measure.

Barclays Avios Rewards, which launched last year, lets you earn Avios on your banking. But it also offers a British Airways Upgrade Voucher (one voucher per year, not a one off) which could be much more interesting if you’re a solo traveller.

Iberia Express is operating a number of BA flights from Gatwick this summer as British Airways struggles with crew and aircraft shortages. What will you be flying on?

W Dubai

Hotel news:

After not being overly impressed by IHG Rewards’ new winter promotion last week it turns out the ‘double points’ bonus is elite qualifying, which makes it much more interesting! You can register here.

Confused by all the different hotel brands? We’ve launched a series looking at the key brands in detail. Our first piece is about Marriott’s W Hotels – the ‘coolest’ Marriott brand. What’s the story behind the brand?

Speaking of Marriott, Bonvoy has launched a new promotion letting you earn 1,000 bonus points per NIGHT and double elite nights as part of its latest offer. You can register here.

Rob reviews the glamorous Courtyard Glasgow Airport hotel – part of Marriott Bonvoy. What did he get for £39?

Other interesting articles:

Until Monday, you can get 10% off Virgin Holiday bookings.

Lufthansa has unveiled its next-generation premium economy seat with a fixed shell design. How does it compare?

In other Lufthansa news, the airline group is also eyeing up a stake in ITA, the reborn Alitalia, which could mean your recent SkyTeam status match from BA could become Star Alliance status.

Virgin Atlantic has launched a new codeshare agreement with LATAM, letting you book direct flights from London to Sao Paulo and the rest of Brazil via the Virgin Atlantic website.

Virgin Atlantic returns to Tobago this week whilst Aer Lingus’ new Barbados flight from Manchester will return in Winter 2023.

Offers you missed:

The British Airways sale ended this week.

Top threads from our forums this week:

The full forum index is here.

See you next Saturday.

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