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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

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.

Is it worth buying Avios

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):

buy avios brackets

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.

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

Comments (40)

  • 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.

  • 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.