News in brief:
30% bonus when you buy Avios points
ba.com is currently offering a 10% – 30% bonus when you buy Avios points.
This is certainly not unmissable. You need to buy at least 31,000 Avios to get the full 30%. Even when purchasing the maximum of 35,000 points, you are paying £575 for 45,500 points. 1.26p per point is NOT a great deal.
The deadline is 28th October. The ‘buy Avios’ page is here.
EDIT: as per the comments, it seems that avios.com is letting you buy up to 100,000 points with a top bonus of 35,000. That is also not a great deal unless you have a guaranteed use for them which justifies the price. Iberia was selling points for 1p just a few days ago.
50% off Emirates Skywards redemptions in Economy
Emirates is currently offering a 50% discount on all economy class redemptions made using Skywards miles!
The deal runs until October 19th. About 20 destinations are excluded – check the Skywards website for details.
The reason I am not more excited about this is that Emirates taxes and charges are very high – even higher than British Airways. In general, you will still be getting a very poor return on your miles by redeeming them in this way. There are, of course, certain routes and certain dates which are expensive for cash tickets and where you may find it works, but it won’t be easy.
The travel window is also tight – 1st to 30th November.
Special Visa deal with Radisson Edwardian
Radisson Edwardian – which operates primarily in the London market – has launched a special offer with Visa which runs until the end of the year.
Book via this link and you will receive free breakfast for two people and a free room upgrade, subject to availability, at check-in. There does not seem to be any requirement to pay with a Visa, just to have one.