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Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card

LAST CALL: Get 50,000 Avios with Capital On Tap’s small business Mastercard

If you have a Limited Company (sole traders cannot apply), Capital On Tap is offering an exclusive Head for Points sign-up deal on its small business credit card.

The offer ends on Sunday so this is your last change to apply.

You receive points worth 20,000 Avios when you make your first purchase and a further 30,000 points if (admittedly a tall order) you spend £30,000 within the first three months.

This is a good deal even if you only earn the initial 20,000 points. Don’t get hung up over whether you can qualify for the additional 30,000 points.

Our full article on the deal is here. You can apply here – but only until Sunday.

In other news …..

The latest travel and aviation news:

The big news this week is that Virgin Atlantic is finally going to join the SkyTeam alliance, joining its existing partners Delta, Air France and KLM. It will open redemptions on airlines such as Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines, although the benefits are relatively muted for most UK travellers.

Doncaster Sheffield is officially closing this month, as we exclusively reported earlier this year. Peel Group, which owns the airport, conducted a half-hearted process to keep it open but is more interested in turning the site into a giant warehouse complex – using the new motorway link roads funded by the local authority.

Norse Atlantic finally gets its UK Air Operating Certificate, without having to start in Oslo. Expect to see more US destinations announced from Gatwick, with Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale likely.

It looks like Aer Lingus has finally been welcomed into the fold of the BA/AA transatlantic joint venture, which should mean you’ll soon earn BA tier points when flying the Irish airline.

Aer Lingus has launched a new direct flight between Dublin and Cleveland, Ohio – the first direct European flight to the US city.

Royal Brunei is launching new London-Dubai flights as it withdraws its direct service in favour of a one-stop flight.

Delta is launching three new UK routes, including Edinburgh to Atlanta.

Avios and British Airways news:

British Airways and IAG are launching a new wine delivery service with earning rates of up to 15 Avios per £1 spent. The Wine Flyer will launch next week, but we’ve managed to uncover pricing information.

A new partnership between Qatar Airways and Accor means you’ll be able to match your hotel status to Qatar Privilege Club, equivalent to BA Executive Club. All you have to do is take a Qatar Airways flight after linking your Accor Live Limitless Platinum or Diamond account.

Did you know you can earn Avios with Budget car rentals? Here’s how.

Credit card news:

Tomorrow (Sunday) is your last opportunity to apply for the Capital on Tap Business Rewards Credit Card and get 50,000 points, which convert to 50,000 Avios.

Marriott Bonvoy has brought back an increased sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card, with 40,000 Bonvoy points up for grabs.

Yonder is a new credit card that rewards Londoners with experience benefits. There are no airline miles or hotel points to earn, but you get free meals at high profile restaurants instead. Sign up (it’s free) and get £50 to spend at one of their London restaurant partners.

Hotel news:

Register now for the IHG One Rewards new Autumn promotion. This time, you get to choose between two different bonus options, so pick carefully. Click here to register.

Plus, IHG’s Autumn hotel sale has kicked off.

You can get 20,000 IHG One Rewards points when you join InterContinental Ambassador and stay two nights before the end of January.

Marriott Bonvoy has released more O2 concert tickets, although the most popular ones have probably gone by now ….

We take a look at which hotel loyalty scheme requires the least spend for top-tier status.

The Crowne Plaza Kingston hotel is closing abruptly and unexpectedly, but will reopen in a year’s time.

Norse Atlantic 787

Other interesting articles:

A new Air France KLM business class sale also combines nicely with the current £200 American Express cashback.

A huge spike in Eurostar pricing due to capacity issues means that redeeming Amex Membership Rewards points has become disproportionately attractive.

And finally, did you know you can buy and download a Railcard immediately? Handy for a last minute trip.

Ending soon:

Our latest roundup of miles and points offers closing soon is here.

Don’t forget to visit our forum if you have any questions relating to frequent flyer or hotel loyalty programmes or loyalty credit cards.

See you next Saturday.

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