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Big 40% bonus lets you buy Avios points via Iberia for as low as 1.0p each

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I normally do not recommend buying Avios unless you need to ‘top up’ an account for an immediate redemption. With a few exceptions, buying a large proportion of the miles you need is rarely a good deal.

This is a bit different.  Iberia Plus is currently offering a bonus of 40% on purchases of Avios points. This deal runs until Sunday 29th May, see here for further details.

Note that you need to log-in to see details of the bonus offer. Without logging in, the page just shows the standard pricing.

Iberia A330 350

The deal does not seem to be targetted – I see it on my account but I haven’t received an email about it.

There is no minimum purchase.  Even a 2,000 Avios purchase gets you 800 bonus Avios.

At the top end, you will be paying €1,800 for 140,000 Avios (100,000 + 40%).  Given the weak £, this works out at exactly 1p per Avios, based on £1,393.  You would need to add a 3% foreign exchange fee to this price if your credit card has one.  Smaller quantities would be pricier.

I would not usually be a buyer, even at this price.  1p per Avios is usually my (very conservative) target value when I redeem so I don’t like paying that much to get them.

However, it may well make sense for you if:

you have a specific redemption in mind where you know you will get over 1p per point of value

you value the ‘easy points’ aspect of this offer (no need to visit Tesco, apply for a new credit card etc etc)

You MUST have been an Iberia Plus member for 90 days before you can transfer your bought points across to BA. 

You must also have earned at least one Avios in the account before you can buy points (one easy option is a small Amex Membership Rewards transfer, or credit a flight, hotel stay or Avis rental).

If you have never earned an Avios via Iberia Plus then you are stuck and cannot buy until a transaction has gone through your account – and that won’t happen in time for Sunday.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 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.)

Comments (103)

  • RTS says:

    From Curve FAQ :

    What refund am I entitled to?

    If you’ve got a card ordered but not on the way, you haven’t been charged anything at all, so you just need to cancel your order using your personal link which we’ve sent you via email. You’re also welcome to try Curve’s other features for 14 days after activation, during which time you can get a refund, no questions asked, if you don’t love it.

    If your card is on its way or you’re already using it, you are also entitled to a refund. You have until 23rd June to continue to use Curve’s other features, and if you don’t love it by then, we’ll offer you a refund, no questions asked.

    • RTS says:

      I activated my card more than 14 days ago. Am I still entitled to a refund?

      If you’re already using Curve, you are still entitled to a refund. You have until 23rd June to continue to use Curve’s other features and if you don’t love it we’ll offer you a refund, no questions asked.

      • john says:

        If you put £1000 through it in the next 3 months (seems easy enough), they’ll give you your £35 back effectively, so might be worthwhile doing that just to keep the card incase it adds any interesting new features.

        • RTS says:

          I had the Black Card. I have just e-mailed them for a refund, they promptly responded with a cancellation and refund link for £50. I just need to send back the wallet for the remaining £25 refund.

          The issue I have with the whole points system is that, there is still no information on the points system. My sole purpose for getting the Curve card was to AMEX link it and to use it at places which don’t accept AMEX. Now that this feature is dead, I find it pointless keeping it. If AMEX ever returns to Curve in the future I will re-apply.

          As a travel product it is inferior to the likes of Clarity Card, Lloyds Amex and the Supercard (when it returns).

  • Shayele says:

    Raffles would love you to do a write up on Curve now to see if its still worth it. I dont really see how it could be but maybe you have a different view.

    Julian

    • Graeme says:

      I doubt he can possibly know at the moment – who knows where they’ll be in the coming weeks?

  • Chris says:

    OT
    More good news from CURVE.
    I still havent received my card but got another email today ….
    I quote……
    ” American Express have asked us to pause their functionality with Curve – which means you will not be able to use your Curve card with your Amex for the time being. This begins at midday on May 31st UK time – you’ll shortly receive another email with practical details of what will happen when we pause the American Express functionality”

  • Steve says:

    What about Lloyds issued Amex? Will this also be suspended does anyone know?

    • RTS says:

      I believe all AMEX cards regardless of issuer will not be supported.

  • Hamzah says:

    What are your thoughts on AMEX being removed from the Curve card? It was my only reason for purchasing it.

    Does anybody know if it also includes the MBNA AMEX card?

    • RTS says:

      Thoughts = this will borderline kill Curve as an idea.

      MBNA Amex = Includes all AMEX regardless of issuer.

  • Steve says:

    Well I just used the refund option. No going to hang around and watch them go bust and get nothing,

  • Mick says:

    OT Curve has just stopped AMEX transactions for the foreseeable!!!!!!

  • Sandgrounder says:

    BA running the 40% bonus too. Just got an email.

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