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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.