Last few days: 13,200 Avios with an Economist subscription and 7,200 Avios with Tesco home insurance

There are two generous Avios promotions ending on the 31st August.  There is still time to jump in if you haven’t done so yet.

13,200 Avios with an Economist subscription

As you can see at this link, you can earn 13,200 Avios in Iberia Plus if you take out a 1-year digital and print subscription to The Economist. The cost is £179.  This works out at 1.35p per Avios.

Alternatively, you can earn 10,200 Avios with a £145 print-only or digital-only subscription.  This works out at 1.4p per point.

This offer is particularly attractive if you are self-employed or run a company.  Whilst I am not a tax expert and you should obviously take your own advice if necessary, it would be hard to argue that The Economist magazine is not an acceptable tax-deductible purchase for most business people.

The price charged seems to be in line with the price charged via other channels so you are not over-paying.

You will need an Iberia Plus account to take part. Once the Avios points arrive – and as long as your Iberia account is over 90 days old – you can convert them to British Airways or avios.com via the ‘Combine my Avios’ function online.

The Economist changed the rules of this promotion last year, after a large number of people took out a subscription and then cancelled it for a partial refund a few weeks later.  Your subscription is now non-refundable.  However, £179 for 13,200 Avios plus a full year of The Economist in print and online is certainly not a bad deal.

If you have any friends in the Canada who may enjoy The Economist in print (you could access the digital version yourself), it is an even better deal.  It is C$190 (£109) for 13,200 Avios which works out at 0.82p per point.

Note also that the DIGITAL ONLY version for Canadian residents is C$152 (£88) and you get 10,200 Avios for yourself …..

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7,200 Avios with Tesco home and contents insurance

Tesco Bank has another few days left of its 3,000 bonus Clubcard points when taking out home and contents insurance.

3,000 Clubcard points will convert into 7,200 Avios points or 7,500 Virgin Flying Club miles.

To receive the 3000 Clubcard points, you need to use code H3000CCP when applying via the link below.

If you live in a low risk area, this could be a nice bonus.  7,200 Avios is a decent incentive, even if Tesco Bank is slightly more expensive than other options. However, because of the need to take out contents AND buildings insurance, it is no use if you live in a flat where your buildings insurance is arranged centrally. There is no offer for just taking out contents insurance.

The H3000CCP code allows you to buy your insurance online via the Tesco Bank website and still receive the bonus.  This was not the case with some earlier Tesco insurance promotions.  However, you will lose your bonus if you go to Tesco Bank via a financial comparison site.

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  1. Antonio says:

    Worth noting that the Canadian subscriptions add a sales tax, which varies per province. The Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut have no territorial sales taxes, so only the 5% federal tax is added. If you happen to be able to choose your own billing address, hypothetically. In theory.

  2. First OT for the day – I’ve been mulling over the best churning strategy for the BA Amex PP between my wife and I (yep at 7am on a BH wkend..). The main use for the companion vouchers would be to bag 4 tickets for us and the 2 kids ever year (or every other depending on eventual strategy). Something I’ve managed to achieve this year with 2 vouchers under my name. Spend rate conservatively pitched at £10k/8 months. Current considerations are:

    1. I maintain a continuous subscription and churn 2 vouchers over 20 months or so. In the interim, refer my wife every 6 months. (realistically twice in the 20 month period, because of spend rate limitation = 9+26+9+26 Avios in 20 months, £380+£100 subs – assuming the DFS approach continues with bonuses)
    2. Both of us hold our own cards, I will refer her some 8 months (limited by our spend rate) into my current subscription. This gives us 2 vouchers in 16 months. Issue tickets, cancel one, downgrade the other, re-refer in 6 months, repeat cycle. Benefits are the flexibility with two of us holding a voucher each, however likelihood of us travelling apart with one kid each are slim. (9+26 Avios in 16 months, £507 subs (I think – one person for 1.7 years, one person for 0.7 years). But a slightly faster rate in churning out vouchers.

    I’m getting my head tied up in knots here particularly with the costing and wonder if anyone had suggestions, or if there is a consensus strategy for a family of 4? Keen to have any deficiencies pointed out too! Thanks all

    • I don’t know how old your children are or where you intend travelling to. The amount of money required in taxes/surcharges makes long haul economy redemption with avios/241 vouchers of little value. If you want four of you in long haul club world together I suggest only New York or Washington DC are the only destinations where you will get four seats together but if your children are young those destinations might not suit you. I have just travelled back from San Francisco on a 241 redemption with my family of four in club world using two companion vouchers, one in my name and the other in my wife’s. My son and I went on the earlier flight with my wife and daughter on the flight two and a half hours later. It was fine. Spent an enjoyable hour or so in the arrivals lounge, showered, fed and watered before wife and daughter arrived a few hours later.

      • TigerTanaka says:

        We got 3 redemptions in CW to DXB over Easter holidays this year so this might be a consideration.

    • Try looking in F, costs more avios but sometimes you’ll find better availability than CW 😉

  3. For The Economist.

  4. Coincidentally, we are in Vancouver for a few days, and although the Economist is a self important right wing rag, I do read a few of their articles.

    Anyway, the link is detecting our location and takes us to a Canadian page which only offers delivery to Canadian addresses.

    Do I have to use some UK VPN to get the UK offer or is there some option to change countries?

    • The Economist is certainly ‘free market’ – which does not make it right wing, de se

      How are you proposing to grow money needed for schools, hospitals, civil protection etc unless you are also allowing people to develop & grow their businesses?

      Trade across the world increases wealth for all concerned. Pretty much all economists accept this – right wing/ left wing – as it is an unassailable fact.

      As regards your question, not sure but the download hola! would allow you to set UK as your location

      • Aliks: don’t tell me you’ve been sitting on the floor in the toilet corner on a Virgin train, claiming there are no seats available for you & your beloved, despite having walked past about 200 empty seats?


        • If the Economist stuck to promoting free market principles, I’d be happy – those are the articles I read. But all too often they give space to neo-lib political rubbish that seems to be flying a kite for some right wing think tank or other – when I get my first copy I’ll point out a few choice items!

          And yes I agree with you that trade is good and that money doesnt grow on trees.

        • I strongly disagree with you there.
          I have had a subscription to the Economist for about 20 years and read it cover to cover every week. It seems to me that they have moved sharply left in the last twelve months or so e.g. on so-called renewable energy. They also wrote a long article about claiming interest against tax in which they conflated mortgage interest and businesses borrowing to invest. I am seriously considering whether to renew.
          Other people will have different views of course.

  5. Currently on the Iberia website I can only transfer from British Airways to Iberia. Does anyone know why?

  6. RogerWilco says:

    Just to note – I took the digital subsciprion in Canada (ehem) when this promo came out. The 10.200 Avios posted to the IB account – took a week or so.

  7. Could you buy the Tesco insurance pay monthly then cancel after receiving the clubcard points ?

    • Yes you can cancel but there is a cancellation fee of (I think currently) £20. Tesco policies are normally very competitive and comprehensive so unless you really want the cover I won’t be bother with the hassle. Another bonus is that they accept Amex with no additional fees. I have been with them every other year for the past 6 years; either via the cash back route or if they have a Clubcard points offer at the time.

  8. > You will need an Iberia Plus account to take part. Once the Avios points arrive – and as long as your Iberia account is over 90 days old – you can convert them to British Airways or avios.com via the ‘Combine my Avios’ function online.

    Does this mean that if your Iberia Plus account is less than 90 days old at the time the Avios arrive, they are locked with that account forever? Or does it just mean that you’d have to wait until it was 90 days old, and then you’d be able to transfer the points out, ever if the account was less than 90 days old at the time of arrival?

  9. Hi everyone,
    It seems that The Economist has added an IP tracker now for their Canadian subscription. I’m in the UK, a few weeks ago when I checked their subscription landing page I could see the price in CA$. Today I’m trying to get there but I’m redirected to another page with another -UK- offer. Any one got any idea how to get around this?
    By the way I just checked Iberia’s website and it looks like the offer will run for Sept / October as well.

    • Have you tried a VPN service? I used EarthVPN to good effect when in Oz although I know there are some browser-based ones too.

  10. Seems to be extended to 31 Oct now – handy as my wife’s sub last year on similar deal runs out in Nov

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