There is an interesting little bug on avios.com at the moment. Frankly, it is unlikely to last for long after this post goes live, but you should have time to jump on it if you’re interested.
(Edit – this post originally discussed buying at ba.com. However, as avios.com offers a bonus of 5,000 Avios for buying 35,000, and also shows the pricing error, I have rewritten it to focus on that.)
avios.com is currently running what is, on the face of it, a rather dull offer. Instead of only being able to buy 24,000 overpriced Avios per year, you can (until 31st December) buy 35,000 overpriced Avios per year. Yippee.
However, they have made a mistake with the website which sells the points ….
24,000 Avios usually cost you £399. It looks like no-one bothered to give the web designer the price list for 25,000 to 35,000 Avios, so they just bunged in the price for 24,000!
So … the pricing currently goes …
- 24,000 Avios – £399
- 25,000 Avios – £399
- 26,000 Avios – £399
- through to …
- 35,000 Avios + 5,000 bonus – £399!
This does actually work in practice. I had an email from someone who bought 35,000 via the BA site over the weekend. The full 35,000 was added to his BA account, and his credit card is showing a £399 ‘pending’ transaction. Note that the additional 5,000 will post in arrears, not with the original 35,000.
This is not, please be aware, the bargain of the century. 1p per Avios is still more than I value them at, although I am very conservative and have a lot of them already. However, if you have a definite redemption in mind and can be sure of getting good value for them, then 1p is as good as you will ever get for purchasing them directly.
You need to go to to avios.com, log in, click ‘Collect’ and then select ‘Purchase Avios’. If the price for 35,000 plus the 5,000 bonus is higher than £399 then the deal is already dead!