Tuesday, 18 March 2014



AVIOS, in conjunction with Lloyds have just launched the above American Express/ mastercard dual card pack. You can see the details HERE

The standard rate of earning is 1.25 miles per £1 spent on the Amex card, and 1.25 miles per £5 spent on the MasterCard.  However for the first 6 months, this doubles, giving you 2.5 avios per £1 spent on the Amex card, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. That makes this the best Avios card out there, during the 6 months promotion period. If you can spend £2.5K a month, this card will get you 37,500 avios. (The premier dual pack gives 3 Avios per £1 spent during the promotional period, but at £140 per year it's not such a great deal for that extra 0.5 Avios per £1.).

The other great benefit of this card is that you get 2 upgrades, when you spent £7000 in a year. These upgrades are applicable to Avios booking on avios.com (not BA.com), and must be used on BA planes (i.e. no codeshares). Each upgrade allows a 1 level upgrade, except that it can not be used to upgrade from club world to First class.

Even with those exclusions, these upgrades can be very valuable. For best use, you wold need to book long haul in premium economy. Booking LHR->LAX for 2 people in PE for example is 75K Avios plus taxes. Using these vouchers, those 1-way flights could be upgraded to club world, which would normally cost 100K for two people, a saving of 25K avios. Add that to the ability to earn 37.5K avios in the first 6 months, and you have a potential 62.5K avios at your disposal. If you value your Avios at 1p per point, that's £625 of value !

The card pack has a £24 a year annual fee, however for high spenders, this is easily wiped out by the avios accrued.

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