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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 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.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

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 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.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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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  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    Good tip on the gift cards. Do you know how long they last? I assume it’s at least a year.

    • memesweeper says:

      I’m still using my Pret gift cards purchased from Morrissons over 12 months ago. I’d guess the expiry counter doesn’t run down if they are being used.

      This is unlike Morrissons own gift cards, which have a hard 24 month expiry, regardless of use or balance.

  • Arcadio says:

    Does anyone know any shop in Central London that actually sells these cards?

  • Jose Marques says:

    Would anyone please share how to obtain world of Hyatt statuts easily. I do get to stay often but never enough to reach status, I particularly love this brand. Any suggestions welcomed. Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Look at to see what they will do for top tier members of other chains.

  • Rob H not Rob says:

    Am I correct in thinking Hyatt doesn’t do 5 nights for the points of 4 redemptions?

  • Gordon says:

    I Always buy Hyatt points in a promotion like this for a Christmas and new stays in a Hyatt AI in the Caribbean where prices can be around £700 to £900 pn that time of year, @Rob there was no mention that you can further increase your annual points balance by having family members sign up to Hyatt buy points and transfer their points to your account once per month.

  • Stu N says:

    Is there any east way to earn small number of Hyatt points? I’m 85 points off a suite upgrade.

  • Phillip says:

    Pret – my first two transactions after linking did not get Avios but after that it’s been smooth sailing!

  • SammyJ says:

    On the Hyatt booking page, I enter my dates etc, and it shows a suite available ‘from 18,000 points per night’. I can’t click through any further as it then says I don’t have enough points, but before I buy a load, I’m a bit concerned about the ‘from’ bit. Will it actually be 18k, or does it increase hugely when I actually try to book?

    • JDB says:

      18k usually gives you the lowest category of suite and other ones are at higher prices. It varies a lot by hotel (of all groups) as to what constitutes a ‘suite’. Hyatt isn’t as bad as others who call a room with a chair and table a junior suite or even suite.

      • SammyJ says:

        It quite soecifically lists 2 different suites, and both show as ‘from 18k points’, in the same way as the cash price shows ‘from $600’ and then gives different rates depending on the package (flex, advance purchase etc’. So I’m just not sure if that suite is actually avail for 18k, or if the ‘from’ is going to catch me out on the next page

        • No longer Entitled says:

          I don’t have Hyatt points but if you provide the details a kind soul might check for you.

          • SammyJ says:

            Thanks – good idea!
            It’s the Hyatt Regency, San Antonio Texas. 25-29 Aug. Shows the ‘Entertainer’ suite as From 18k – seems far too good to be true!

        • Hilda M says:

          Yes, SammyJ – coming up as 72,000 points for those 4 nights or 751$++ per night cash

          • SammyJ says:

            Thanks so much for checking. Bit if a bargain then, it seemed too good to be true! Kids will be chuffed when they discover a pool table in the room!

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