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Obscure Avios partners – Avios Recycling

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This is a continuation of our series on earning Avios from the partner companies profiled at avios.com.

The world and his wife seem to be running their own mobile phone recycling service these days, so does the Avios service bring anything of value?  Not really, is the answer.

The home page shows that this service is run by Weebuy on behalf of Avios, and that they also accept ipod’s and the like as well as phones.  A typical working Samsung i9000 is worth 5,000 Avios.  Someone flasher, like my old Nokia Sapphire Arte, is quoted at 7,500 Avios.

Avios Recycling

However, you should never do a trade like this before looking at the excellent Mobile Valuer site run in conjunction with MoneySavingExpert. 

This shows that the best price available for a Samsung i9000 is Asda (£110.50) with Weebuy, the operator of the Avios site, offering £100 or £105 in shopping vouchers.  The Nokia Sapphire Arte is worth £192 from MobileCashMate with Weebuy offering just £100.

Whilst this is a small sample, the value placed on an Avios is not good.  I would value 5,000 Avios at £40, so I’d be crazy not to take £110.50 from Asda instead for a Samsung i9000.  Similarly, I’d value 7,500 Avios at £60+ so I’d be taking the £192 from MobileCashMate instead.

It is obviously worth checking out the value at Avios Recycling if you have a phone to sell, but I doubt you’ll be getting the best deal.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

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

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

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