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Obscure Avios Partners – Bupa

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Bupa has partnered with Avios to offer bonus Avios points to anyone signing up for health insurance or a health assessment. 

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The headline numbers of Avios earned do look attractive:

Bupa By You options Year 1  Year 2
Comprehensive 9,000 Avios 4,500 Avios
Treatment & Care 7,000 Avios 3,500 Avios
Prompt Diagnosis 5,000 Avios 2,500 Avios
Bupa health assessment options
Advanced Health 5,000 Avios – and get 10% off
Complete Health 4,000 Avios – and get 10% off
Essential Health 2,500 Avios – and get 10% off
Mature Health 4,000 Avios – and get 10% off
Female Health 2,000 Avios – and get 10% off
Fitness Assessment 1,000 Avios – and get 10% off

It is difficult to make a judgement on the ‘health assessment’ options, except to say that it is not worth having one just for the Avios!   The ‘Advanced Health’ assessment – which I have actually had in the past via an employer, and it is a thorough check – has a list price of £723, so 5,000 Avios is a drop in the ocean. 

A quick internet search also pulled up a few other special offers, although to be fair I couldn’t find one open to the general public that was better than the 10% discount plus Avios offered here.

Similarly, there is clearly no reason to sign up for the health insurance just for the deal.   If you are a member of a professional body or group, you may find a better deal available through them.  (Ironically, I found that Bupa offers doctors a 20% discount on Bupa By You packages for their personal use, should they have no faith in the NHS!).

Experienced Avios collectors will already have thought: “Can I cancel after 1 month and still receive the Avios?“.  The answer is no, as they are paid to you in monthly installments.

In conclusion …. if you are thinking of private health cover, you might as well include Bupa in your price comparisons.  Given the high cost of cover and the number of Avios involved, though, it is unlikely to be a big factor in your decision.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

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

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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.)