I hesitated before running this article, because similar ‘buy Avios via a third party website’ deals in Spain via Groupon have proved a bit messy. Not for everyone, but for a noticeable percentage of people who either never got what they ordered or suffered a long delay.
Given the price, however, I feel I should flag it up. We can only hope that this is less error-prone than Groupon.
The first thing to note is that the deal is only on the French site, and the French site only operates in French. You will therefore need to rely on Google Translate if you use Chrome, or something similar if you don’t.
You will also need to give a false five digit French postcode when you register as UK postcodes are not accepted. It doesn’t ask for your address, only your postcode.
Here is the pricing:
2,000 Avios for €21 (0.91p)
4,000 Avios for €45 (0.97p)
8,000 Avios for €99 (1.07p)
12,000 Avios for €145 (1.05p)
20,000 Avios for €229 (0.99p)
35,000 Avios for €399 (0.99p)
What makes this deal more likely to work properly than the Groupon one is that Avios is providing the back-end redemption.
Once you are emailed your voucher by vente-privee, you go to this page of the Avios website (which is in English) and input your code number.
You will see that the Avios can be dropped into either a BA, Iberia, avios.com or AerClub account, although as you can move them around via ‘Combine My Avios’ it doesn’t make much difference.
You can buy up to 100,000 points. The maximum you can buy of any particular quantity is 3, so you’d logically start with 3 x 2,000, then add 3 x 4,000, before juggling the other pricier options to get to your target.
In reality you can almost certainly buy more than 100,000. Even if the redemption website kept track, which I doubt it would, you could send 100,000 to an Iberia account, 100,000 to a BA account etc.
Is this worth it?
I won’t be buying. 0.75p tends to be my floor price, as I’ve said before. Over the last four years I’ve averaged 1.2p per Avios point redeemed so I’m not willing to pay 1.0p to buy them given that I wouldn’t be spending them for a couple of years.
That said, you may well get a higher value from your redemptions than I do. You may also just be looking for a way of topping up your account quickly. If you are, this may be a good way of doing it. It is a decent price given that you don’t have to go to much effort to earn the points.