It’s back – buy up to 100,000 cheap Avios, from 0.81p, via Groupon!

It’s back!  Fortunately, or unfortunately (it depends how much trouble you had getting the Avios to post when this deal ran last year) you can yet again buy cheap Avios points simply by heading over to Groupon!

The fall in the Euro in recent days means that this deal is not as good as it was last year, where you were paying as little as 0.7p per Avios.  It is still worth a look though.

Groupon logo

This is an Iberia Plus deal.  This means that there are two hurdles to jump:

You need an Iberia Plus Avios account (easily fixed by going to iberia.com if you don’t have one)

Your Iberia account will need to be 90 days old before you are allowed to use ‘Combine My Avios’ and send your points across to your British Airways Executive Club or avios.com account

Start by visiting the Iberia home page here.

Iberia has its own online shopping portal.  However, it is not meant to be offered to UK residents.  You must change the site language (top left) to Spain – English.  It will not work if you are set to United Kingdom – English.

Click on ‘Iberia Plus’ in the top menu and you will see a link for Iberia PluStore.  Go there.  Search for Groupon and click through.  You will earn an extra 10 Avios per €1 for your purchase in the IberiaPluStore – if it tracks.

Once you have clicked through to Groupon and got the relevant cookie on your computer, click here for the Avios page you need on the Spanish Groupon site.

It is best to use Google Chrome to open it.  Chrome should offer to translate the text.  If it doesn’t, right click on your mouse and a translation option will appear.

There are five price levels- the 2,000 Avios deal is the cheapest:

2,000 Avios = €19 (£16.19) = 0.81p (excluding the PluStore Avios)

4,000 Avios = €59 (£50.28) = 1.25p (excluding the PluStore Avios)

8,000 Avios = €99 (£84.37) = 1.05p (excluding the PluStore Avios)

15,000 Avios = €189 (£161.07) = 1.07p (excluding the PluStore Avios)

20,000 Avios = €249 (£212.21) = 1.06p (excluding the PluStore Avios)

34,000 Avios = €429 (£365.61) = 1.07p (excluding the PluStore Avios)

However, if you do not use an existing groupon.es account and open a new one, it appears that you can use code CUPON20 to save 20% (capped at €20).  

You can buy a maximum of five packages per Iberia account.  However, you are restricted to just one of the ‘2,000 Avios’ packs and three of the ‘34,000 Avios’ packs.  The maximum number of Avios you can buy is therefore 3 x 34 + 2 x 20 = 142,000 Avios for €1,785, less €20 if the coupon code works.

You can pay by Paypal which may be easier – I did during the previous promotion – although you get legged over on the exchange rate.  All other credit cards are accepted including American Express.  If you do not use a 0% payment card, remember to factor in the 3% FX fee to the prices shown above.

About 30 minutes later you will receive an emailed voucher.  If you don’t, the voucher will also be showing in your account on the Spanish Groupon site.  There is a link in the voucher to a page on the Groupon site where you need to input the codes.

You are told that your Avios will take 30 days to appear but, in reality, they have historically turned up quicker.

The big question ….. is it worth it?

This isn’t the most straightforward promotion ever.  The exchange rate is moving around daily and you can’t be 100% certain that you PluStore purchase will track.  I am least more confident these days that you will get your Avios without huge amounts of trouble.  Buying 2,000 at 0.8p is a decent deal but the time required may be too much of a faff to justify it.

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Comments

  1. My Iberia plus store has tracked overnight. All seems well so far

  2. Purchased 2000 – discount code didn’t work – but proceeded anyway.
    Redeemed them the second time around (IE worked whereas chrome did not)
    Got the email from Groupon saying the points will be in your account in 15 days.
    Easy and cheap points.
    Thanks.

  3. got 2K, will likely buy a 36k block once the 2 show up in IB.

  4. Is there some trick to getting a US AMEX to process (or other US card)?

    • Does this phrase, “although you get legged over on the exchange rate,” just refer to a poor exchange rate when using PayPal, or does it refer to a forex fee that PayPal charges, separate from what the credit card charges?

      • the real harry1 says:

        simply that PayPal’s exchange rate is not as good as the ‘perfect’ exchange rate offered by some cards

        however – PayPal offers such good protection if anything goes wrong with your Groupon purchase, that you’d be well-advised to swallow the extra cost (which is nigh-negligible)

      • Not sure how they got to it, but the net charge to me in £ was poor. Can’t remember exactly how bad it was to be honest.

        • I pulled out of a purchase in USD the other week due to the exceedingly poor PayPal FX rate. In the end I paid via Supercard but gave up the Avios etc.

        • You can adjust your Paypal account so that you pay in the local currency, rather than your “primary card currency”. This allows you to pay in euros, and you get your card provider’s exchange (which is usually better).

          In the case of certain Amex cards, I believe you are rewarded with 2 Amex points per £1 spend in a foreign currency.

          • Where is this setting? The only way I know to change the currency is if I’m initiating a payment within paypal. Then I can choose. In this case, the Groupon payment does not seem to have that option.

          • @rrgg login to PayPal, then click on Details in the top-left panel of PayPal balance, then click on ‘Manage Currencies’ on the pop-over that appears, that lets you pick your primary currency.

  5. Warning, when I tried paypal, the paypal site timed out and was never reached. Then I tried again and Groupon thinks I already hit my limit of 1 x 2000 Avios, even though nothing was purchased.

    • the real harry1 says:

      check your PayPal a/c – maybe you did actually buy

      • No. The PayPal purchase didn’t go through. I created another Groupon though and it worked. Another funny thing is which Iberia number to use when redeeming. Sometimes Iberia shows it as IB123456789 and sometimes without the IB. Thanks for all the help!

        • Speaking with Ibera customer support last night, they said it would be the number part only. This morning, I got an email saying I had spend €19 at Groupon and that this had tracked through as 190 avios.

          Although I have redeemed my voucher (using only the numeric part of my Iberia Plus card account), and I have the email from Groupon saying it will be credited in 15 days, nothing else has arrived.

  6. The Iberia PluStore website says the offer is only for users in Spain and Groupon.es keeps asking for a Spanish billing address? How did everyone get around this?

    • I used the Facebook login option to avoid entering a Spanish address.

    • Use a fake adddres in Spain. It’s not checked against the billing address of the credit card or payment method.

  7. Bigglesgirl says:

    My purchase went amazingly well yesterday got all the vouchers and redeemed successfully; it even tracked through the Iberia Store!
    However just received a refund from PayPal for the full amount! Is this because they’re now limiting it to Spanish residents only and have given me my money back?

    • I had a similar thing happen to me on Groupon UK for something else, I purchased 4 of the same voucher (one each time for friends) and got them all refunded.

      I spoke to Groupon support and they told me it was for security reasons because it looked “suspicious”. To re-enable my account they required me to scan a proof of ID and a picture of the card I used to pay with all but the last 4 digits hidden.

      They then re-instated my account, but still told me I had to buy the Groupons again!

  8. it seems the code doesn’t work

  9. RogerWIlco says:

    Transaction seems to have gone through at first try and got an email from Iberiastore, too, so it tracked there as well (190Avios for the 19€ spend)
    BTW 19€ were £16,99 from the PayPal account

  10. hi all, I ordered 3 vouchers in the same transaction. I successfully redeemed one voucher , but when I try to redeem the other two it states the voucher has already been used. did anyone have a similar issue?

  11. Does the 20% off still work? It won’t work on my end

  12. Nicholas Lavender says:

    How long till they show in Iberia guys? Been 10 days and zilch so far.

  13. Simon Maddocks says:

    Purchased avios…no problem with the transaction going through and received the voucher almost immediately via email.
    It took quite a few attempts to actually validate the codes (jumped from Chrome to IE and back a few times), but eventually they were accepted. If it doesn’t work for you first time, keep trying…just a very flakey website! It then took about 2 weeks for the avios to hit my IberiaPlus account.

  14. 10,000 Avios now received (8,000 + 2,000)