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.
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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