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News in brief:

An update for anyone who signed up for our BA Prepaid Mastercard offer

Over late July and early August, we ran a promotion with British Airways to offer 3,000 Avios when you signed up for the free BA Prepaid Mastercard.

(This offer is now closed – if you sign up today you will just receive the standard 1,500 Avios.)

Due to, ahem, IT issues with your favourite airline, the promo code box disappeared from the application page on Friday 12th August. This was despite the fact that the offer ran until Sunday 14th August.

You don’t need to worry. British Airways has adjusted all applications received on Saturday 13th August and Sunday 14th August so that they will receive the full 3,000 Avios bonus.

A few people who applied last weeked who were not HfP readers are going to get an unexpected boost, but this was the easiest solution given that it was impossible to track who applied as a result of reading HfP and who didn’t.

Apologies for the inconvenience, and thanks to everyone who applied regardless last weekend in the hope that we would ensure they didn’t lose out.

BA Prepaid Mastercard offer

Earn 8x your normal Avios at eBay this weekend

I’m not sure how widespread this offer is, but if your Nectar account is linked to your eBay account, you may see an offer for 7x bonus points (for a total of 8x points) on purchases made by 22nd August.

You may see a rotating banner for the offer at the top of the eBay home page. You must click ‘Activate Now’ to register. If you don’t see it, look for a registration link in the Nectar app under ‘Partner Offers’.

The base earning rate at eBay is 1 Nectar point (0.625 Avios) per £1 spent. With this offer, you would receive 8 Nectar points (5 Avios) per £1 spent.

There is a £15 minimum spend on one item required. There is a cap of 300 base Nectar points per item – so 2,400 points in total with this offer – and the usual eBay rules on excluded categories apply.

The eBay home page is here. You can find out more about the Nectar partnership, and link your card, on this special eBay page.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

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:

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

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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 long list of travel benefits 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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