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A new ‘buy Avios’ points bonus launches today – with changes to the rules

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If all goes to plan – and we are writing this in advance – British Airways will today launch its latest ‘buy Avios’ bonus promotion.

Until 23rd February you can get up to 35% bonus Avios when you buy points.

You will get:

10% bonus when you buy 1,000 – 15,000 Avios

20% bonus when you buy 20,000 – 35,000 Avios

30% bonus when you buy 40,000 – 80,000 Avios

35% bonus when you buy 90,000+ Avios

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You need to visit ba.com via this page in order to buy.

Note that Executive Club members in the USA and Canada are not allowed to take part.

What’s new?

Avios is trialling a couple of new ideas with this promotion.

First, British Airways has increased the number of Avios you can buy under this deal – the cap is now 200,000 points per year.

I don’t know why they have done this, as the best value is generally obtained by buying a small number of points to top off your account.  If you saw Rob on BBC1’s Rip Off Britain recently (you can watch the segment here, it is only 3 minutes long) you will know that one of the members of the public he tried to help had bought 100,000 Avios for £1600 without fully understand the restrictions behind them.

Secondly, what’s important to mention is that they have changed how you can buy Avios.

In the past you were able to purchase any multiple of 1,000.  Now there are defined bands as you can see below.  This can only be a negative as it might force you to buy more than you need if you are simply topping up.

Here are the new Avios price brackets (click to enlarge):

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You need to buy before midnight on Friday 23rd February to get the bonus.

The link to buy is here – if it isn’t live when you click through, try again later today.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel 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 Visa card

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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (40)

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  • James says:

    So if you need 100,001 you would have to buy nearly 25k more than you needed.
    Poor show BA 🙁

    And only 35% sucks, but is better than nothing.

    • S says:

      Never bought Avios from BA, but is there anything stopping you from buying 100k and then 1k?

    • Crafty says:

      Don’t you buy 100,000 and then buy 1,000 in separate transactions?

  • Steve says:

    Disappointing news, think I’d allowed myself to be convinced that 50% ‘bonus’ would become a regular event. I wonder if this means that will be discontinued?

    I couldn’t always justify the cost of the 50% bonus but bit a couple of times for something specific, almost impossible to justify 35% but as some others have posited, better than nothing.

  • JohnT says:

    For small volumes (eg under 10k) – remember may be better to buy via MR points and Amex Gold – as they don’t charge a processing fee!

  • Mikeact says:

    Avios.com seem to be doing the same deal now.

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