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20,000 free Avios with a subscription to The Times & The Sunday Times

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Avios has teamed up with The Times and The Sunday Times to launch a generous subscription offer.  If you buy either newspaper then you will find this deal very interesting.

There are four deals to choose from, as you can see here.

The cheapest is the Classic 6 Day Pack.  For £5 per week (£260 over the minimum one year term) you receive:

  • The Times in print form Monday to Saturday
  • Access to the smartphone app and the websites (but NOT the tablet app)
  • Access to the Times+ membership scheme
  • 20,000 Avios, credited within 28 days

Times membership

Pay £7 per week (£364) and you receive the Classic 7 Day Pack.  This is everything listed above plus The Sunday Times in print form.

If you don’t want printed newspapers, the cheapest option is – oddly – more expensive than the cheapest print option!  For £6 per week (£312) you receive The Digital Pack which gives you seven day access to the tablet newspaper.

For £8 per week (£416), The Ultimate Pack gets you seven days of print newspapers plus full access to the tablet app.

Purely as an exercise in buying Avios cheaply, this is clearly not the greatest deal ever.  £260 for 20,000 Avios is still cheaper at 1.3p each than buying them from BA.  I would not be a buyer at anything above 1p, however, unless you are topping off an account.

On the other hand, if you currently pay for The Times, or would swap from your existing newspaper, it becomes more interesting.  If you are self-employed, perhaps ordering a daily newspaper for your office could be a business expense.

You can find full details on The Times website here.

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Comments

  1. Just threatened to leave them and I got 10,000 avios to stay.

    • That’s interesing – thanks! I have been a subscriber for several years and was planning to do what Sussex bantam mentiioned. I rang and found out that “you cannot get a refund on existing newspaper tokens, but ring up >15 days before they exprire and we cancel from then”.
      But the extra 10,000 avios for no change is very tempting…
      “If you wish to discuss or end your existing membership, please call freephone 0800 018 5177 and choose option 2.”

      • I have an existing subscription, unfortunately it just started a new quarter while I was away spending my 2for1 voucher :), so can’t cancel for another 2 months. I just called to see what was on offer – they offered me the 10k Avios to stay – if you’re thinking of this, be aware that you are signing in to a new 12 month contract.

        The alternative (for me) is to take out a new subscription (needs a different address and email address) and get the 20k, but then I would have 2 subscriptions running for 2 months.

        My situation is a bit unusual, as the subscription is for my mother, and she pays – so the Avios are effectively free to me – I’d just have to pay the 2 months overlap (£60.66) to get the additional 10k Avios. Hmm, choices…

  2. DAVID HARROP says:

    Phoned them up to cancel and resubscribe – and they offered to do it for me and gave me the 20000 avois !!

  3. Just signed up, had cancelled a while ago. Anybody know how we supply our Avios membership number?

    • Answering my own question:

      Collecting your Avios
      As a Times member you are also entitled to complimentary Avios to spend on anything from flights and upgrades to hotels. You don’t need to do anything right now; we will send you detailed instructions on how to claim them within the next three weeks.

      • Tilly71 says:

        So you don’t supply any avios details at this stage but in three weeks they ask for your account details, then they have to process them and transfer the bonus avios to your account before a months up.
        Sounds a risky option using one months money on a pre paid card, if they havnt processed the reward by the months end and go to take next months money and it gets declined, they won’t process the reward so money down the drain. I was think having two months money on the card but then £50 for 20k avios, not sure if that’s good value!

  4. £20 in Tesco vouchers buys a one year subs to Telegraph tablet app.

  5. Hi All,

    Have just looked at my BA Amex account and noticed that my Avios haven’t transferred to the Executive Club for quite some time. I thought this happened every month? Has somehting changed that i haven’t noticed?

    Thanks in advance and sorry for the slightly off topic!

    Oli

  6. Tilly71 says:

    So what’s the general opinion of using a pre paid card, yes or no?

    • Waribai says:

      My own twopenny’s worth is that in terms of risking the closure of your avios account, it’s a big gamble

      • Tilly71 says:

        How could by not being able to pay for a subscription cancel enable an external company being able tp cancel your avios account?

        • Waribai says:

          They can’t do anything but Avios could. After all, they don’t want potential partners thinking they’ll have their pants pulled down. At the end of the day, it’s all about risk vs reward. If you have a stack of avios, you’d potentially be putting them at risk. If not you’d probably be fine.

    • You can use a prepaid card.

    • Johnnycl says:

      For me the hassle of creating new accounts and risk of points being reversed (if using one’s own account) outweighs the upside. Personally this method would be a notch above simply exploiting a good deal for me to consider it, but I understand there are people that will, and probably not have any issues doing so.

      • +1

      • It’s hardly a risk free opportunity I admit, and will be a fair amount of aggro. Each to their own though, some are risk averse some not.

      • Lochlann says:

        +1 with multiple transfers to the same account I’d expect an audit pretty sharpish, and if it were really taking the p**s they might even go legal given clear attempt at fraud (there’d be a big chunk of outstanding subscription fees to be paid…)

        • Mrtibbs1999 says:

          I’ve downloaded the terms and there is 0 chance of legal action. The proposed path is not contractually prohibited.

          • You have agreed a one-year contract with The Times. You have also agreed to Avios and The Times sharing personal data about you in order for your account to be credited with the 20,000 points.

            As this personal data may include your name and address, you are obviously exposed to some risk from The Times.

          • I imagine they’d calculate the outstanding balance, send an invoice and if not paid place the account in default and pass it to a debt collection agency.

            Presumably Mr Murdoch’s minions do this all the time with broken Sky contracts.

          • Mrtibbs1999 says:

            Have you read the contract? There’s nothing in there about defaulting.

            There’s no regulated credit agreement.

            Check out the terms for special offers, they’ve forgotten to create any for this promo.
            ( as of yesterday at 09:00)

            I have a full copy of that website! The terms are missing

  7. mrtibbs1999 says:

    They have added the offer terms overnight.

    http://store3.thetimes.co.uk/terms-and-conditions

    I would no longer advocate any of the above suggestions.

  8. Tilly71 says:

    Think they have people reading forums such as this one to change their terms so quickly. Why they don’t just put rewards will not be awarded for atleast 3 x Months after signing up, this would stop a lot of people trying it on in the first place.

    • I’d be interested to know how either the times or a debt collection agency could obtain your contact details, given that all you need to sign up with is a name and an email address.

      • As Rob mentioned above ‘you have agreed a one-year contract with The Times. You have also agreed to Avios and The Times sharing personal data about you in order for your account to be credited with the 20,000 points’.

        • The only data you are sharing is your avios number. I asked their customer service yesterday if, by me giving a third party my avios number, they could access my personal details and she said no, due to the data protection etc. By the way I’m not considering doing this but the whole situation has piqued my interest in this subject.

    • Mr Chips says:

      And who can blame them when there are scammers and swindlers around with such a sense of entitlement they think they should be able to take a bonus without upholding their side of an agreement.?

  9. I see the moral police have arrived to look down on us all daring to have a theoretical conversation.

    • I joined on Sunday decided to cancel today rang them they offered me 3 months half price at £10.84 i said no they then offered me 6 months at half price £10.84 i accepted then

  10. Graham Temple says:

    This is by far the best (very little known) deal for an online times subsciption – no Avios though. I think they keep it for when all else fails when people cancel and they try and persuade them otherwise – how I discovered it.

    http://store3.thetimes.co.uk/membership-packs/sunday-digital-13-week-trial-online/

  11. MintWasabe says:

    Hmm, It looks like the Classic 6 Day Pack for £5 per week is no longer available- a shame since that was the cheapest option for the 20K Avios…

    • It is – you just have to use the tool at the bottom to help you select the 6 pack edition. It even says min 3 months contract on that bit!

      • The Classic 6 Day pack is ideal for you…

        Enjoy The Times every weekday & The Saturday Times
        Also receive our smartphone app and Times+ worth over £100 a month
        Includes 20,000 Avios

        £5
        per week
        3 month minimum term

        • nah

          you take it 1 step further and …
          initial term. Simply contact our Member Services team.
          •Minimum 12 month contract applies

          Just a typo IMV

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