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News: Aer Lingus adds Belfast to Jersey and Newquay, get Avios and cashback at Hackett

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News in brief:

Aer Lingus adds new routes from Belfast City Airport

Whilst Aer Lingus is having to end direct flights between Belfast City and Heathrow (BA will now operate the route on a wet lease basis), it isn’t giving up on the UK.

Emerald Airlines, which operates Aer Lingus-branded flights under a franchise agreement, is adding two new routes from next Summer.

  • Belfast City to Jersey will operate twice per week from 6th May
  • Belfast City to Newquay will operate four times per week from 3rd April

You can earn and redeem Avios on these flights. As an Emerald Airlines service, you will be on a small turboprop aircraft. You can book on the Aer Lingus website here.

New Hackett / Amex cashback offer – and earn Avios

There is a cashback offer with menswear retailer Hackett available on many American Express cards.

If you are targeted, and opt in, you will receive 20% cashback on purchases of £200+ by 20th November.

How do you earn Avios at Hackett?

Earning Avios is a bit of a faff, unfortunately.  You need to be a member of the free Hackett 65B club.

If you are not already a member, you can join via this page of the Hackett website.

Membership is free.  You need to add your British Airways Executive Club or Iberia Plus number to your Hackett 65B club profile.

As long as you give your 65B membership number in the shop, Avios will automatically be deposited into your account.  You don’t need to give your Avios details each time you purchase.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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.

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

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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – 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 £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

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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