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Last call for the Avios / Pret A Manger offer – buy a gift card?

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Since late October, you have been able to earn 5 Avios per £1 spent in Pret A Manger stores.

This has been a card linked offer. It means that you need to visit this page of ba.com and register one or more payment cards, if you have not previously done so. You then need to use one of your registered payment cards each time you shop in a UK Pret store.

Avios Pret A Manger offer

Whilst there have been a few comments on HfP about Avios not posting from this offer, I have to say that mine have been turning up without any issues.

This offer ends on Thursday 22nd December.

However, it is worth noting that you can buy gift cards in any Pret store, up to a total value of £150.

If you are a regular Pret customer, you may want to buy yourself one or more £150 gift cards between now and Thursday. This would lock in 750 Avios each and allow you to effectively keep earning beyond the closing date.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:

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:

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

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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

Comments (45)

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  • Yuff says:

    Haven’t used Hyatt at all since they closed the one in Mallorca, so have no idea what they are like in the US.
    Have a 3 week trip planned in July to the west coast and there looks to be quite good options, with Hyatt.
    Could also keep status at IHG and Hilton but no idea which is the best option.
    Anyone have any recommendations, travelling with 2 teenagers (17,16) and flying to San Diego. Looking to do usual sights, LA, San Francisco and Las Vegas 🤦🏻‍♂️
    Any sites worth looking at for research

    • SammyJ says:

      The Intercontinental downtown LA is pretty good for a night or two for a bit if ‘wow’ factor – it has an open-air rooftop bar that’s apparently the highest in the western hemisphere, and epic views. Most people visit Hollywood for a day to see the tourist attractions and then get outta there as fast as they can! If you’re doing Universal, the Hilton next to the park is an excellent location.

    • BSI1978 says:

      Andaz West Hollywood is worth a shout, was there late October.

      Room was a little tired, but cracking communal areas and excellent location. Really liked the rooftop bar which even when I was there offered some great weather and views, although not the largest space so imagine it could get busy in July.

      You’ll probably be able to get Emyr to look at some options for you as well.

      • Ziggy says:

        A tip for the Andaz WeHo. Ask for rooms that are closer to the east side of the building (Saddle Ranch) rather than the west side (Comedy Store) as the west side is where the refuse trucks drive in… often early, and often noisily. This is especially important if you have a suite as these are almost always on on one of the building’s corners.

    • Gordon says:

      Me and OH are doing the same, West coast for 3 weeks in April, Flying into Las,
      Las Vegas, Los Angelas, San Francisco. Looking forward to the retail therapy, I am going to approach Emyr Thomas shortly re hotel options, Might be worth contacting him at info@bonvivant.co.uk
      Shame I am going to miss Adele at Caesars palace by 10 days, Damn.

    • Degsy says:

      The LXR Oceana in Santa Monica is highly regarded by the HFP crowd (including myself) – small but perfectly formed in a very decent location

      • Yuff says:

        Thanks guys for all the tips.
        Any car hire tips?

        • SammyJ says:

          Avoid the ones you’ve never heard of like the plague. Europcar often come in cheapest but they subcontract to dodgy companies like Fox, E-Z etc, so avoid them too. The big names are the usual mixed bunch – Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Dollar, Budget would be my acceptable list, maybe a couple of others. Try emailing Andy at Discountfloridacarhire as he can usually beat the advertised price by email and you’re guaranteed decent service. Also BA for Avis, and USCarhire.com (put a 3-digit referral code in the box, I use 216, that drops the price) – all of those guarantee the full required insurances and zero excess.

        • SammyJ says:

          If you’re on Facebook look up a group called California Dreamers and West Coast Wanderers for loads of advice, mainly focussed on UK travellers to California.

          • Gordon says:

            @sammyJ, Re car hire, That was my next task, I have heard of a lot of people having nightmares, As I guess some unscrupulous companies prey on people weary after a long haul flight, Thanks for the car hire tips.

          • Yuff says:

            Thanks Sammy J, that’s very helpful.
            Once again thanks everyone for the helpful advice

      • Harry T says:

        I would recommend Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and the Oceana in Santa Monica. I would largely avoid Hollywood, as it’s predominantly a shite hole.

  • pooki55finland says:

    Bits – the Monese codes for 10% discount (up to £750 so £75 saving on your diesel/ petrol etc) are working today. Paid cards can access them as well. The 20% codes all finished a few days ago.

  • pelicanicecoffeeolaf says:

    Would buying a Pret voucher online be accepted?

  • Mohsin says:

    Does anyone know if the Pret gift card has to be purchased in store only or can it be bought online also?

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