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13,200 Avios with an Economist subscription and 7,200 Avios with home insurance

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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.

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.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

Until 9th April 2021, American Express is running the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.

You will earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Platinum (apply here) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Gold (apply here) which is FREE for your first year. Points transfer 1:1 into Avios. Here are links to our reviews:

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

100,000 points sign-up bonus – SPECIAL OFFER TO 9th APRIL – and a long list of travel ….. Read our full review

Amex American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

50,000 points sign-up bonus – SPECIAL OFFER TO 9th APRIL – and free for a year Read our full review

Here are your other options. 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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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 (27)

  • Jay says:

    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.
    Cheers
    J.

    • Alan says:

      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.

      • Jay says:

        Yes I guess that’s the way forward, I’ll have al ook at EarthVPN, cheers for that

  • CDB says:

    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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