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How to buy Avios for 1p per point

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BMI Diamond Club is, until 30th June, allowing you to buy BMI miles with a 20% bonus (log-in to www.flybmi.com to see this, there is a link at the bottom of your activity chart under Your Activities). 

Why is this interesting, you say?

Well, from 3rd July you will be able to convert Diamond Club miles into Avios on a 1:1 basis, with no fee.  The cheapest deal is for buying the maximum 24,000 miles, which comes out at £255, although it is not a lot more expensive per mile to buy fewer.  This is a touch over 1p per Avios.

Avios sale

I usually say that I value an Avios at around 0.75p.  However, this is a purposely conservative estimate to ensure that I don’t overpay.  If I was taking part in some Tesco promotion or similar, I would want to be paying 0.5p or less to justify the time involved. 

Using an Amex 2-4-1 on your redemption, though, would double the values I give above, and of course if you need to buy some miles to reach the required level for an award, it is an even better deal.

I am not jumping in on this deal with over 2.5m Avios and DC miles in the bank.  However, after 3rd July, the only way to buy Avios will be via ba.com.  That will cost you £399 for 24,000, rather than £255 via the deal above.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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