SHOPPING • June 2020
Whether you’re looking to get wise to current affairs or reconnect with the great outdoors, there’s never been a better time – or more of it – to channel your energy into self-improvement. Luckily, the British Airways Avios eStore is keeping Members topped up in the field of their choice – and on Avios – with subscriptions crammed full of information and entertainment. We round up five of our favourites
For those who: want to keep up to date with global affairs
Can’t get enough of current events? From politics to culture, The Economist is a deep dive into the why and how of important and developing stories from across the world. Offering a range of independent and balanced viewpoints, this subscription is available as both a digital only or print and digital package. Subscribers score full access to The Economist, including the full weekly edition (in print or via The Economist apps), The Economist audio edition read aloud by professional broadcasters, and The Economist Espresso, a pre-breakfast digest of the day ahead.
For those who: want to read more books
A one-stop destination for the world’s largest selection of titles, Audible is an unbeatable resource for audiobooks, newspapers, educational content, podcasts and more. Not only does the platform allow you to build your own content library, it also offers plenty of nifty features such as customising your narration speed, setting sleep timers for listening in bed and rolling over unused credits, as well as quick and easy exchanges. A number of membership packages cater to different levels of consumption, but any purchased audiobooks are yours to keep, even if you later opt out.
For those who: want to make the most of the great outdoors
From Winston Churchill’s former residence in Kent to TE Lawrence’s rural retreat in Dorset, The National Trust has drawn together a community of history buffs and green thumbs with a subscription that offers members access to more than 300 houses and gardens, 700 miles of coastline and 247,000 hectares of land across Britain. Explore these sites yourself (keeping an eye on any local restrictions) with an exclusive Members’ Handbook and handy Map Guides or read up from home via The National Trust Magazine and Newsletter, which offers articles, gardening tips and updates on special events and activities closer to home.
For those who: want to boost their beauty regime
Navigating the sea of beauty, skincare and haircare options on the market is an exercise in experimentation, and a Birchbox subscription makes the process easier than ever by delivering a hand-picked selection straight to your door. While members can personally choose a product for each box they receive, the rest is customised by experts according to your unique beauty profile, which outlines conditions and preferences. Best of all, sample sizes allow you to test the waters before purchasing the full-price product, as well as making perfect travel companions.
For those who: want to indulge their inner art-teacher
If your creativity for keeping kids busy at home is wearing thin, these thematic monthly crafting boxes are a fun and easy solution, stacked full of materials and user-friendly instructions for little ones aged three to eight years. Dreamed up by mother-of-three, Virginie Charlès-Dear whilst on maternity leave, hands-on activities touch on science, technology, engineering, arts and maths through everything from painting to puppet making. Each box contains two activities and has everything you’ll need inside to start crafting, so you don’t have to turn the house upside down on the hunt for materials.
Is it your first time on the British Airways Avios eStore? You can get 20 per cent bonus Avios on your first transaction when you shop online. To find out more, click here