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Don’t forget – 100,000 (!) bonus Avios with Barclays and Barclaycard:

Barclays and Barclaycard have launched a fantastic new promotion with 100,000 bonus Avios up for grabs (150,000 Avios in total, if you include individual product sign-up bonuses). It’s bonkers 🙂

You need to take out the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card and Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards. If you already have one of these products, you need to add the other.

Our introductory article is here, or you can check your eligibility directly on the Barclays website here.

The latest travel and aviation news:

British Airways has moved 12 long haul routes from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 – bad news for connecting passengers but great news for lounge lovers, given the excellent Cathay Pacific and Qantas facilities in T3.

All change at Manchester Airport, with both BA and Loganair adding additional flights whilst Virgin Atlantic makes some cuts.

You can save 25% on Iberia Express Avios flights from Manchester to Madrid.

British Airways has launched a new way to buy Avios via monthly subscription, and the value is shockingly good! You can pay as little as 0.9p per Avios.

American Express has rolled out a suite of changes to the Amex Gold Cards, including a higher sign-up bonus. Our introductory article is here whilst here is what changes for existing cardholders. Until 8th November, you get 30,000 Membership Rewards for taking out Amex Gold which convert into 30,000 Avios amongst other things – click here to apply or learn more.

Avios and British Airways news:

British Airways and The Economist have brought back Avios bonuses, with up to 18,000 Avios available when you take out a subscription. Add in the current £60 Amex cashback offer available with The Economist and you could be buying Avios as low as 0.86p per point, even if you never read a single issue.

British Airways has culled three Southampton Airport routes next summer. We have a list of what’s left.

BA CityFlyer has also pulled Milan and Menorca flights next summer.

Redeeming Avios on Qatar Airways is now one of the cheapest ways to fly to Australia and New Zealand with far more cities on offer (plus QSuite of course!) Why pay 250,000 to 300,000 Avios to fly to Sydney on British Airways in Club Suite (not that you’ll find availability anyway …..) when a superior Qatar Airways flight is just 180,000 Avios return in Business Class?

British Airways has launched a new luxury sale with long haul business class flights from around £1,500+. There are also good deal on BA Holidays.

By now you probably know you can spend Avios at Sainsbury’s by converting them to Nectar Points. But did you know you can also redeem Avios for M&S gift cards?

Avis has launched a new promotion which gives you 80% bonus Avios on your next car rental.

Credit card news:

A new generous cashback offer has appeared on American Express cards for onefinestay, the luxury holiday rentals platform. You receive £500 back when you spend £1,000+.

A new 40% transfer bonus on HSBC points to Etihad Guest has launched, but is it worth it? You can also get a 25% bonus on transfers to Avios.

American Express has withdrawn its International Currency Cards. These let non-US or non-EU residents (eg UK residents) have a card denominated in $ or €. The real carrot was the generous sign-up bonus and the varied Membership Rewards partners.

Week of Wonders

Hotel news:

Hilton has cracked first and launched a second Autumn promotion for double elite nights. Will other hotel loyalty schemes follow?

This week was Marriott Bonvoy’s third annual ‘Week of Wonders’.

Luton DART

Other interesting articles:

Luton Airport’s DART – the new people mover designed to shuttle people from the train station to the terminal – has been delayed again, this time until early 2023.

O2’s free lounge at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal has been extended until late October, perfect for anyone travelling over half term.

Flying to India soon? The new visa rules may catch you out.

What you missed:

A crazy IHG offer let anyone sign-up for top-tier Diamond Elite status for free, for the rest of 2022. It was quickly pulled.

First Class Avios availability was wide open on flights to Johannesburg next year after BA swapped in the A380, but our readers quickly snapped it up.

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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