I have covered a few of the Iberia / Groupon ‘buy Avios’ deals recently – the current one is here.
The French equivalent of this deal has now returned for the third time. The big difference between this deal and the Groupon / Iberia one is that the French one is very efficient, administratively. Some people who tried to buy via the Groupon / Iberia deal found out the hard way that having two companies with shambolic IT systems work together is not a recipe for happiness.
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 (0.93p)
8,000 Avios for €99 (1.10p)
20,000 Avios for €229 (1.01p)
35,000 Avios for €399 (1.01p)
The pricing is the same as it was previously although the weakening of the € means it is a little cheaper in Sterling terms. Don’t forget to add on 3% to the £ price if you don’t have a 0% FX fees credit or debit card. There are fewer options this time as the options to buy 4,000 or 12,000 Avios have gone.
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, 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?
I won’t be buying via vente-privee at this price. 0.75p tends to be my ceiling 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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