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30% bonus on buying Avios points is back

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Until 19th September, BA and are both offering a bonus of up to 30% when you buy Avios points from them.

My problem with BA and these promotions is that they only offer you the bonus if buy a large amount.

Someone who just needs a few Avios to top off their account gets next to nothing, even though small amounts are disproportionately expensive due to the £15 ‘administrative fee’ built into the pricing.

Anyway, here are the bonus rates in the current promotion:

Purchase 2,000 – 9,000 Avios for a 5% Avios bonus
Purchase 10,000 – 17,000 Avios for a 10% Avios bonus
Purchase 18,000 – 23,000 Avios for a 20% Avios bonus
Purchase 24,000 Avios, your full annual allowance for a 30% Avios bonus

At the top end, you are paying for £399 for 31,200 Avios. That is 1.26p per Avios. Cheaper than usual, but hardly a deal to make you dig out your credit card unless you have an immediate use for the points and can justify the price.

Nice picture of the stones, though, BA.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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

30,000 Avios and the famous annual 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (11)

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  • Ray says:

    I will need 2k minimum spend, when(if) I get the Gold card. This would help me reach that and I guess I could consider it a down payment on those CW seats 🙂
    Wonder if it’s 2 x MR for purchasing from BA ?

    • Brian says:

      It doesn’t count as a BA purchase as the transaction is handled by

  • Mr Bridge says:

    thanks but no thanks BA

  • Marco says:

    It seems (from an email I recently received from Executive Club) that BA are now offering Executive Club members who have already purchased their full annual allocation of 24,000 Avios the opportunity to purchase another 24,000 within the same year. (I had made use of the Avios purchase to help me get to the minimum card spend required to be eligible for the Starwood AmEx signup bonus.)

    • MANUEL says:

      I think that you can do it. I get into the payment page.

    • Paul says:

      Yes limit is effectively 48,000 BAEC Avios for those targeted with the email. Has been mentioned on

  • darrenf says:

    Great timing. I needed 29k miles for a redemption, and some spend on my new Starwood Amex. 31.2k bought and redeemed inside 10 minutes 🙂

  • Marco says:

    Dear Sir Stamford,

    I did indeed receive an email from BA (apparently targeted) stating that I was entitled to purchase 48,000 Avios per year through the BA Executive Club website… I’ve forwarded the email to Raffles for his expert analysis!

  • Londonbus says:

    The rule of thumb to use is that the market value of one avios is 1p. Providing you keep this in mind, its not a hard decision.

    In reality the spend will vary from excellent (UUA WTP to Club on longhaul;short-notice booking in Cattle) to mediocre (booking in Cattle a long way ahead)

  • Al says:

    I was trying to buy the maximum of 31200 avios, and the price was $685. On YahooFinance, 399 pounds would convert into $626. Is BA making money off currency conversion??

    • Rob says:

      Prices for overseas members are fixed, so when the FX rates moves you occasionally get such oddities

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