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News: 1-month Paramount+ free trial for British Airways elite members, Shop Small starts today

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News in brief:

Get a one month free trial of Paramount+

British Airways has launched a special offer for Bronze, Silver and Gold members of Executive Club.

To promote the addition of various Paramount+ programmes to BA’s inflight entertainment system, including Star Trek, elite members in selected countries can receive a one month free trial of Paramount+.

This is a sharp improvement on the standard free trial of just a week.

Bronze, Silver and Gold members of the Executive Club need to look out for an upcoming email from British Airways which will include details of how to claim your free trial.

If you don’t have elite status, pop into your nearest corner shop. You may find a few packs of Wotsits or other Walkers products from a promotion run a couple of months ago, which also offered a free month in return for buying just one bag. The codes on the crisp packets can still be redeemed until 31st December.

Shop Small starts today

A quick reminder that American Express Shop Small starts today and runs until 12th December.

You will receive a £5 statement credit when you spend £15 or more at a participating small retailers, up to a maximum of £25 cashback per card. This is for instore payments only – online retailers do not take part in Shop Small.

You MUST register your American Express card in advance via the Amex app or website. You will see Shop Small under the ‘Offers’ tab. You will also find a link there to the Shop Small map, although this is notoriously useless – both in terms of not listing shops which are taking part, and listing some which are closed down.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – February 2023 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

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

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

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% for 3 months if you apply by 31st March) and no annual fee Read our full review

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