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News in brief:

New Avios / Economist offer launched

British Airways and The Economist have brought back a special offer for taking out a subscription.

As you can see at this link, you can earn 8,800 Avios if you take out a 1-year digital and print subscription to The Economist. The cost is £179.  This works out at 2.0p per Avios.

Alternatively, you can earn 6,800 Avios with a £145 print-only or digital-only subscription.  This works out at 2.1p per point.

There are a couple of caveats to add here:

we have seen a few ‘triple Avios’ offers recently – be wary about subscribing for 8,800 Avios as a deal for 13,200 Avios could be along again later in the year

many people have struggled to actually get the points they are due, which is a bit pathetic given the nature of the company you’re dealing with

As always, this offer is more 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 offer runs until 31st July.

SPG Starwood 350

35% discount when you buy Starwood Preferred Guest points

Starwood is offering a 35% discount when you purchase SPG Starpoints before 30th June. The link to buy is here.

The good news is that the bonus is NOT staggered.  As long as buy more than 5,000 points, you get the full 35% off.

At the top end, 30,000 points will cost you $682.50 (£529).  Assuming that you convert them to airline miles with the 25% uplift for moving chunks of 20,000 at a time, these can be converted to 37,500 airline miles in the majority of programmes.

This works out at 1.4p per airline mile.  This is not a great deal most of the time (you can often pick up Avios for 1.0p) but it might make sense with some other programmes.  You cannot buy Lufthansa Miles & More miles at all, directly, so being able to get them for 1.4p may well work for some people.

30,000 Starwood points would also convert into 90,000 Marriott Rewards points.  If you are working towards a Marriott Travel Package redemption – and they are outstanding value as this article explains – then buying the full 30,000 Starwood points may well make sense.

The rules are straightforward – points post within 24 hours, maximum purchase of 30,000 points per year, your SPG account must be 14 days old to participate.

If you are interested, you can buy SPG points via this link.  The 35% discount runs to 30th June.

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Comments (50)

  • to says:

    If you are considering AA you may want to do it before 15th June to get 25% bonus with Travel Package

  • to says:

    Can children (Under 18) apply for SPG account and buy points using parent’s credit card?
    Obviously the aim is to get Marriott travel package where I have already bought 30K earlier in the year with 30% bonus.

    Also what is likelihood of getting 40-50% bonus on buying spg points later this year?

  • radiata says:

    Economist digital only if in Canada CAD152