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It’s back – buy up to 60,000 cheap Avios, from 0.7p, via Groupon

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Fortunately, or unfortunately (it depends how much trouble you had getting the Avios to post when this deal first ran in December) you can yet again buy cheap Avios points simply by heading over to Groupon.

It isn’t quite that simple – but near enough.  When the process works, it is great.  If it goes wrong, as it did for a few HFP readers last time, you are in for a long period of ringing Spanish-speaking call centres trying to get your miles.

This is an Iberia Plus deal.  This means that there are two hurdles to jump:

You need an Iberia Plus Avios account (easily fixed by going to if you don’t have one)

Your Iberia account will need to be 90 days old before you are allowed to use ‘Combine My Avios’ and send your points across to your British Airways Executive Club or account

Start by visiting the Iberia home page here.

Iberia has its own online shopping portal.  However, it is not meant to be offered to UK residents.  You must change the site language (top left) to Spain – English.  It will not work if you are set to United Kingdom – English.

Click on ‘Iberia Plus’ in the top menu and you will see a link for Iberia PluStore.  Go there.  Search for Groupon and click through.  You will earn an extra 5 Avios per €1 for your purchase in the IberiaPluStore.

Once you have clicked through to Groupon and got the relevant cookie on your computer, click here for the Avios page you need on the Spanish Groupon site.

It is best to use Google Chrome to open it.  Chrome should offer to translate the text.  If it doesn’t, right click on your mouse and a translation option will appear.

There are five price levels- the 2,000 Avios deal is the cheapest:

2,000 Avios = €19 (£15.09) = 0.75p (0.71p when including 95 PluStore Avios)

4,000 Avios = €49 (£38.92) = 0.97p (0.93p when including 195 PluStore Avios)

8,000 Avios = €99 (£78.63) = 0.98p (0.93p when including 495 PluStore Avios)

12,000 Avios = €149 (£118.34) = 0.99p (0.93p when including 745 PluStore Avios)

20,000 Avios = €259 (£205.70) = 1.03p (0.97p when including 1,295 PluStore Avios)

You can buy a maximum of five packages per Iberia account.  However, you are restricted to just one of the ‘2,000 Avios’ packs.

The maximum number of Avios you can buy is therefore (20,000 x 5) 100,000 points for €1295, or £1,028.

You can pay by Paypal which may be easier – I did during the previous promotion – although you get legged over on the exchange rate.  All other credit cards are accepted including American Express.  If you do not use a 0% payment card, remember to factor in the 3% FX fee to the prices shown above.

This is where it got messy last time ….

About 30 minutes later you will receive an emailed voucher.  If you don’t, the voucher will also be showing in your account on the Spanish Groupon site.

There is a link in the voucher to a page on the Groupon site where you need to input the two coupon codes.

Here’s the cool bit – when you hit return, you may well get an error message.  If you do, try again.  And again.  And again.

Once accepted, you will be asked for your Iberia Plus account number.  All done.

Reader Andrew posted the following guide in the comments yesterday which may also help:

“Once you’ve made your purchase, it will show up in your Groupon purchases as ‘processing’. Wait 5 or 10 minutes and check again (you should get an email to confirm that the Avios are ready).

The ‘processing’ message should have disappeared and a link should appear in its place. Click it and you will be taken to a new page to redeem the Avios.

On the left side there should be a blue button underneath a picture of an Iberia plane. Click the button and a pdf file will open in a new tab. At the top left there should be a security code and a coupon code. You will need these codes so make a note of them (ignore the ‘ref’ code).

Close the pdf file. Towards the bottom of the previous page, there’s a set of instructions. In the first paragraph there should be a small link. Click it, and you’ll be taken to a new page with some fields to fill in.

Add the security code, the coupon code, your email address, click the tick box, and hit the green ‘validate coupon’ button. The page will not change, but on the right hand side, your coupon details will appear.

This is where the main problem lies. I HAD TO DO THIS TEN TIMES TO GET IT TO WORK. Same as last December. But it will eventually work, just be patient!

When you can see your code details on the right, scroll down the page and click the blue ‘continue’ button (not the green one, which is to validate the coupon – you’ve already done it).

You will be taken to a new page and prompted to enter your Iberia Plus number. Again, it took me ten attempts to do this, but it will eventually accept it!

You should then get a confirmation message on the next page!”

Once you’ve got to this stage, you will get your Avios.  I don’t think anyone actually had any trouble after getting a confirmation.  They will take a few days to appear (the site says 30 days but that is overkill) and of course you are also waiting on your Avios from the shopping portal as well.

The big question ….. is it worth it?

Normally, if I was offered the chance to buy Avios as cheaply as 0.7p without having to leave my desk, I would jump on it.

Here, however, you have various moving parts – the translation issues during purchase, the effort required to validate the coupons, the potential risk that the shopping portal miles do not arrive and the knowledge that if it gets messy you will have to deal with Groupon Spain to fix it.

Last time, it must be said, most people – including myself – got their points without any trouble.  What surprises me more than anything is that the deal is being re-run without having fixed the IT bugs which caused all the trouble in the first place ….


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2023)

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

25,000 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 £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (105)

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  • Alex W says:

    Had an email from Groupon with a 20% Flash Discount code – annoyingly doesn’t work with the Avios deal. Wasted 20 minutes of my life! Also the link from Iberia PluStore to Groupon no longer appears to be working.

  • Doodles says:

    I have just bought 2000 now and, following the instructions in this article, it worked first time.

  • Mark says:

    I bought the 2000 package for myself and my wife. Redeemed them both with a success message, but unlike last time Groupon isn’t showing them as redeemed (‘Canjeado’). My avios have not yet been credited to my IB account.

    Are others seeing the same thing?

    I haven’t received a confirmation email, but then I didn’t last time either.

  • Morgan says:

    Groupon now earns 8 avios per 1 euro spend on ibplustore! just bought a small test purchase of 4000 avios and will get 392 extra avios. For 49 euros seems a reasonable deal. had no issues redeeming, lets just hope it credits!

  • kevino says:

    Is this deal now over?

  • signol says:

    My 2000 Avios have just credited..

  • Lee says:

    Is this offer still working for anyone? Thanks!

  • Martin says:

    Bought in the December ´15 promotion for me and a friend. His 3 x 12.000 never arrived, my 3/5 12.000 never arrived. E-Mail contact with Groupon is a total failure – same email (“It-Department”) a dozen times. Really don’t know what to do.

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