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Buy Avios for 1p via a French deals website

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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 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.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (70)

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  • Elijah says:

    Well the Brits can’t be bothered to speak or learn English correctly.

    • Evan says:

      You may shortly be treated to some Anglo Saxon.

    • John says:

      The language as spoken by native English / British people is, by definition, correct British English. Of course, people may disagree on who counts as a native Brit.

      After all, French, Spanish etc are just the result of people not teaching their children proper Latin, repeated 50-100 times.

      • Alan says:

        However there are still generally accepted and defined correct methods of spelling and grammar. These may of course change and evolve over time, but I’d argue that just because a British person has said something doesn’t automatically make it correct.

        • John says:

          I didn’t say something would be correct just because a single British person said it. but when a subgroup of British people start to say something differently, even if others might see it as “wrong”, perhaps it is now correct.

          Nobody defines English but many languages are defined by their respective academic institutions, such as French and Spanish.

  • Carsten says:

    The confirmation number they send, wasn’t the VCH code. In relation to the VCH code they say:

    Your reservation title will be available in the “My orders” section on, on 08/09/2017 at the latest. This one includes an access link to the site as well as a personal code to activate on this site. Your personal code is valid until October 31, 2017 inclusive.

    Votre titre de réservation sera disponible dans la rubrique ” Mes commandes ” sur, le 08/09/2017 au plus tard. Celui-ci comprend un lien d’accès vers le site ainsi qu’un code personnel à activer sur ce site. Votre code personnel est valable jusqu’au 31 octobre 2017 inclus.

  • Margaret says:

    Well no second email 20 minutes later….

    • Carsten says:

      Don’t worry. The 2nd e-mail incl. the same details as shown in the “Mes commandes” section of your profile. As mentioned above, it will take a bit until the voucher nbr is generated. It says “Titre de réservation bientôt disponible” = Booking title available soon in my profile at present.

  • Beppo says:

    Purchased yesterday, no second email yet. Their deadline is 08/09. hope to get it faster though.

    • AntonL says:

      The deadline is Oct 31. They are just saying they expect the voucher code to be generated by Sep 8.

  • Romaa says:

    Just purchased 2000 avios, thank you for the info. When you first purchase the points, you get a 10 EUR discount for the second purchase over 40 EUR. It means, 2×21 EUR for 4000 avios costs 32 eur then, or 0.95/1 avios for your total of 6000 avios. Still not a huge deal, but helps to save a little and top up account.

    • rkp says:

      Hi, could you please tell me how did you get 10 euro discount code? I didnt get any and it was my first order.

  • Toby says:

    Does the e-mail address of the French site where you buy the points need to match the one in your Avios profile?

  • shd says:

    What card payment options are there at Vente Privee?

  • Billy says:

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

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