Buy Avios for 1p via a French deals website

I have covered a few of the Iberia / Groupon ‘buy Avios’ deals recently.  The French equivalent of this deal has now returned, after initially running in March.  It worked – administratively – pretty well that time.

You can find full details here on the vente-privee website.


The first thing to note is that the deal is only on the French site, and the French site only operates in French.  You will therefore need to rely on Google Translate if you use Chrome, or something similar if you don’t.

You will also need to give a false five digit French postcode when you register as UK postcodes are not accepted.  It doesn’t ask for your address, only your postcode.

Here is the pricing:

2,000 Avios for €21 (0.97p)
4,000 Avios for €45 (1.04p)
8,000 Avios for €99 (1.14p)
12,000 Avios for €145 (1.12p)
20,000 Avios for €229 (1.06p)
35,000 Avios for €399 (1.06p)

What makes this deal easier to administer than the Groupon one is that Avios is providing the back-end redemption.

Once you are emailed your voucher by vente-privee, you go to this page of the Avios website (which is in English) and input your code number.

You will see that the Avios can be dropped into either a BA, Iberia, or AerClub account, although as you can move them around via ‘Combine My Avios’ it doesn’t make much difference.

You can buy up to 100,000 points.  The maximum you can buy of any particular quantity is 3, so you’d logically start with 3 x 2,000, then add 3 x 4,000, before juggling the other pricier options to get to your target.

In reality you can almost certainly buy more than 100,000.  Even if the redemption website kept track, which I doubt it would, you could send 100,000 to an Iberia account, 100,000 to a BA account etc.

Is this worth it?

Last Monday I showed you how to get 18,000 Avios for £146 via the Irish Independent newspaper.  This is 0.81p per Avios, compared to a minimum of 1p here.  If you only want a small number of points, do the Irish Independent offer first and then move on to this.

I won’t be buying via vente-privee at this price.  0.75p tends to be my floor price, as I’ve said before.  Over the last four years I’ve averaged 1.2p per Avios point redeemed so I’m not willing to pay 1.0p to buy them given that I wouldn’t be spending them for a couple of years.

That said, you may well get a higher value from your redemptions than I do.  You may also just be looking for a way of topping up your account quickly.  If you are, this may be a good way of doing it.  It is a decent price given that you don’t have to go to much effort to earn the points.

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  1. Not at all comfortable with giving a fake address for this. I’m not that desperate for Avios.

  2. OT re Radisson Blu EMA
    The hotel used to be quite generous when it comes to Club Carlson Gold member upgrades, but when I checked in today (27 August) the associate tried everything she could to NOT give me an upgrade.
    She told me that they received an policy update from Carlson Hotels corporate informing them upgrade is no longer possible for gold members, which is a big lie, as I called Club Carlson and they confirmed this information is not right.
    Will not stay at this hotel again given it’s rate is not cheap and now no benefits for gold members.

  3. Concerto says:

    I actually have a French address with a credit card registered to it, so I am in for this one. Can you use the €10 voucher to buy Avios?

    • Yes, you may, for any purchase over 40 euro. 2000 x 2 is 32 euro after the coupon, worked fine for me.

      • Have not seen either the voucher or the discount after three days. Am I the only one?.

  4. No Avios yet! I guess, they website will send us letters after Sept. 1st

  5. I’m thinking about doing this just to get some Avios into my Iberia Plus account – I haven’t got any there yet. But all the links just talk about crediting to BAEC. Also, the ‘add to basket’ button doesn’t seem to work at the moment, but that might be a browser issue.

    • Here’s the thing. Last time they ran this it was branded as BA and IB. This time, it is just branded as a BA offer. I get a feeling that the voucher should work irrepspective of programme but I can’t be certain.

  6. Margaret says:

    Has anyone received their codes yet?

  7. The codes showed up in my account now but when I tried to redeem it said codes expired.
    Le code ‘********’ a expiré. Not sure if i did something wrong.

  8. Jonathan Coyle says:

    All three of my codes say the same thing – all expired! May just wait until later today in case they haven’t updated systems all round?

  9. Got the Avios code today, but it says “expired” when entering it on the Avios voucher page.

    Means I’m now left in limbo.

    Can’t complain with Vende Privee as I entered a dummy address in France.
    Can’t complain with Avios as I’m registered with a different address there.

    Luckily, I only bought 2K point once. Means lesson learned never to use this offer again.

  10. Same here. All three vouchers expired. Fortunately only bought 3 @ 2,000, but will be lodging a claim with PayPal if not resolved. Vouchers were bought with Vente Prive, so I don’t see why I should have the hassle of contacting Avios. Shame as this worked perfectly last time round.

    • Spent ages on line with Avios. They confirmed
      1. Not a scam
      2. Error on codes that they are dealing with

      Not sure how we get correct ones though, probably on the [email protected] link

  11. eMailed [email protected] explaining the issue. Got an auto-reply back:

    Thanks for your email to us here at Avios relating to eVouchers.

    We will try and process your query as soon as we can.

    In the meantime, sit tight and one of our team will be in contact as soon as they can.

  12. SavvyFlyer says:

    Codes seem to be working now – got confirmation from Avios saying they will be credited within 5 days.

  13. Got points credited today.

  14. where do i find my codes on the venteprevee site??

    • sharon YOUNG says:

      Click on ‘Mes commandes’ on the log in page and your purchases will be there. There will be link on it to say code available and the code is on that document

  15. As this offer now expired? Cant find it on ventes privees:(