Earn 13,200 Avios with an Economist subscription for £179 (or less!)

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Regular readers will know of the regular generous deals offered by Iberia Plus and The Economist for taking out a subscription.  Avios.com has now jumped on the bandwagon.

As you can see at this link, you can earn 13,200 Avios in avios.com 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.  If we were talking What Pool and Hot Tub? it would be a different story but ….

Economist Avios

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

The Economist changed the rules of this promotion in 2015 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.

It is still possible to order from other countries to save money but it is a bit more fiddly.  This is what you do:

use the link above to access the UK Economist site and the Avios offer

change the country to a different one – the Avios offer disappears

close that tab and click the link above again – you will be taken back to the Avios / Economist site but the offer will now be for the country you last selected

The USA, for example, charges only $152 (£121) for a 10,200 Avios digital subscription which you can obviously access from anywhere.  It doesn’t work for Canada, historically the cheapest option, because the site is promoting a special 12-week trial offer instead.

The offer runs until 31st March.

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  1. the real harry1 says:

    Raffles: Dragonpass for single use lounge visit – £16.50 – includes No1 T3 for example – now cheaper than the avios.com offer – see https://thetelegraph.dragonpassuk.com/
    Use code TELEDP16 at the checkout stage – did a dummy purchase & worked fine.

    You can’t use Lounge Club @ No1 T3 so £15 not an option. I think No1 @ £16.50 is probably slightly preferable to Plaza Premium @ £15…others may differ 🙂

    OTOH I can get 6 passes on my Barclays a/c essentially for free.

    • Genghis says:

      I thought it’s now a six month min term with those travel add ons? If not, how do you get to “Essentially for free”?

      • the real harry1 says:

        because I would buy the RAC insurance anyway, have a look at the RAC T&Cs, it’s not a pale imitation but home start etc

  2. Michael says:

    Was trying to sub and it keep asking me for my avois no. Must one register with avois b4 the person can sub?

  3. Londonbus says:

    Excellent., Come for the Avios, stay for the content.

    My sub (yielded Avios via Iberia) runs out on 7 Feb – so this came at the right time/ I’ve been pestered with renewal phone calls and emails.

    I have starred a new sub which will take a fortnight for the first hard copy to come. This is the third year I’ve had a subsrvption Each tme – do not renew, and keep your eyes open in the ast few weeks – something good seems to come along.

  4. When I try to subscribe for this offer seems it’s not recognising my BA Exec Club number as the Avios number. Is this an error that needs to be fixed?

  5. Is USA the cheapest for digital only, or has anyone found it cheaper? Seem to recall one of the Koreas being cheap (presumably South).

    • James Hadley says:

      The US page is £121. The South Korean page is £101. Attempting to purchase in North Korea not recommended 😉

  6. Guesswho2000 says:

    Australian one isn’t such a steal…AUD$510! Ouch!

  7. WilcoRoger says:

    For me changing the country (e.g. to US) simply works, without fiddling with different tabs. Why would an EU digital subscription (229€) cost 50% more than a US one ($152) beats me, though.

    The previous Iberia digital subscription offer worked well for an Alberta subscription (lowest GST), Avios posted OK

  8. Signed up from the SK store and got this through today:

    Unfortunately we were not able to accept your order and you have not been charged.

    When you submitted the online order form, the country that was selected did not match the rest of your address. To help you place your subscription, we have provided some additional guidance below.

    At the top right of the web page you will see a drop down list labelled ‘change country’. Please ensure your delivery address country is selected before choosing your subscription and completing the form.

    So if you want to do this, you’ll probably need to use a prepaid card without an address (e.g. Entropay) and find an address in that country. Too much hassle for me and £179 is too much for me, even with the Avios.

  9. Hi

    I signed up but my card has not being debited after even after three day’s – I have received the welcome emails with an order number etc. Any info on how long this takes to come through. cheers

  10. How long does it take for points to be credited?

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