In this article I review the best Avios point collecting deals and offers so far in 2016 and some of the best websites which you can use to find these free Avios offers.
20,000 Free Avios with a Times Newspaper subscription
The Classic 6 Day Pack is £5 per week (£260 over the minimum one year term). If you value your Avios at just under £0.01 this is a very nice deal worth almost £200 in Avios. When you buy this deal you will get: vouchers for The Times in print form Monday to Saturday, access to the smartphone app and the websites (but NOT the tablet app), access to the Times+ membership scheme and 20,000 Avios. There are also offers which include the Sunday Times and tablet access at a higher price with the same free 20,000 Avios.
5,500 Free Avios For Applying For A Lloyds Avios Rewards Credit Card.
This is one of the best credit cards available for the luxury traveller and spending abroad. This duo of credit cards (one Mastercard and one American Express) do not charge foreign transaction fees when using your card abroad, instead of the standard 2.95%. So if you spend £2,000 on your next trip away; £2,000 spend on the Mastercard and you could save £59 and earn 500 free Avios. Spend £2,000 on the American Express and you could save £59 and earn 2,500 (5,000 if the trip is within the first 6 months of opening your account).
You will collect double Avios for the first 6 months from account opening date when using your Avios Rewards American Express card, up to a maximum eligible spend of £2,500 per month. There is an annual fee of £24. You will also collect flight upgrade vouchers with a minimum of £7,000 of eligible spend made within a single year.
To get the initial 5,500 free Avios for applying for this card you must be referred by a friend. If you drop me an email I can supply you with a referral (as a referrer we both get 5,500 points). It is worth mentioning that this Avios offer is usually 4,500 points but Lloyds have boosted their offer until the end of March).
1,000 Avios when you sign up and have one ride with taxi app Hailo
Earn 1,000 Avios when you download the Hailo app (from the Apple or Google app stores) and take your first trip before 31st March. It’s worth noting that your Hailo ride can be as long or as short as you like. You need to add your BAEC number into your Hailo profile to take advantage of this offer. After this you will 1 Avios per £1 spent and 100 Avios if your booking takes you to a London airport.
Enjoy double Avios with Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Choose from over 140 hotels and resorts worldwide and collect double Avios when you book and stay for a min 2 nights before 31 March 2016. This is worth a mention as one of my favourite hotels (with possibly the best swimming pool in the world) is part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts – The Monte Carlo Bay in Monaco, so it is worth having a look at just what hotels are part of this group. See this article on more hotels that offer bonus Avios.
Avios For Cash Withdrawals With Curve Payment Card
Apply for a Curve payment card, withdraw cash at a UK cash machine or ATM, and the withdrawal will be re-charged to your American Express card as a purchase. This means that you can earn miles or points on cash withdrawals (including Avios if you have a British Airways American Express credit card or Lloyds Avios credit card). Apply for the Curve Card and also get £10 cachback (£35 application fee applies).
And finally, Iberia have an interesting partnership with healthcare provider Sanitas which enables you to earn 30,800 Avios For breast enhancements and 5,000 for laser eye surgery among other procedures which I have outlined in this Avios article.
What are the best websites to find Free Avios Offers?
Keep an eye on this page on British Airways which has a great selection of Avios offers. HeadforPoints is also an essential bible for any Avios collector and outlines almost all the best Avios deals as they go live. If you are booking hotel stays, Kaligo offers Avios with your booking and once every few months offers Avios bonus offers when you book with them. Finally keep an eye on tesco.com for any good tesco point offers as these can be converted into Avios. And of course, book flights through British Airways. All best deals will also be covered by yours truly on Luxury Travel Diary and included our newsletter which you can sign up for at the bottom of this page.
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