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, avios.com 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 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.