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Big news – you can now transfer ALL TopCashback money to Avios

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For over a year now, there has been a fantastic deal available for earning Avios very cheaply from cashback site TopCashbackYou could convert up to £50 of cashback per year into Tesco Clubcard points.  Those Clubcard points could then be transferred to avios.com or British Airways Executive Club.

This allows you to effectively ‘buy’ Avios points for just 0.39p each.

(£1 of TopCashback gets you 105 Clubcard points which gets you 240 Avios or 250 Virgin Flying Club miles).

You can read the full details of how to earn Avios from TopCashback in this article.

For heavy cashback earners, the £50 annual cap was an issue – although you could get around it by having a separate TopCashback account for anyone else who shares your Avios household account.

There is now a way of transferring your cashback ABOVE £50 to Avios.

TopCashback Avios

Yesterday TopCashback announced that you can convert cashback money DIRECTLY into avios.com or British Airways Executive Club.

Before you get too excited, check out the conversion rate.  It is 1 Avios point per 1p of cashback.

As you get the 5% bonus for not taking your earnings as pure cash, you are actually getting 1.05 Avios per 1p of cashback.  This means you are paying 0.95p per Avios.

0.95p per Avios is a lot cheaper than you can buy them from British Airways.  It is not a fantastic deal, however.  My general recommendation on Head for Points is that – unless you specifically need to top-off your account for a redemption – 0.75p is a decent target to aim at.  You will never lose money at 0.75p.

For a lot of redemptions, 1p to 1.25p is roughly the value you will achieve.  You should therefore think carefully before turning something VERY flexible (ie cash!) into something which is not flexible (ie an Avios point) and which might not be worth much more than the cash alternative.

One possible upside is that this is a cheap way of stopping Avios expiring if your account has had no activity in three years, although I doubt many Head for Points readers fall into that category.

You can read more about this new deal at the TopCashback blog.

If you are not already a TopCashback member, you can sign up via this link.  This is my refer-a-friend link, which unfortunately doesn’t get you anything special but does help support Head for Points.

PS.  There is one piece of small print to this deal.  Cashback from travel companies cannot be transferred to Avios.


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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