Bits: BA and Accor Economist promos, Heathrow Rewards transfer bonus, Avios gender pay gap

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New Economist promos launched by British Airways and Accor

You can’t move these days without seeing a generous mileage offer for subscribing to The Economist.

As you can see at this linkyou can earn 13,200 Avios if you take out a 1-year digital and print subscription to The Economist. The cost is £179.  This works out at 1.35p per Avios.

Alternatively, you can earn 10,200 Avios with a £145 print-only or digital-only subscription.  This works out at 1.4p per point.

This offer is particularly attractive if you are self-employed or run a company.  Whilst I am not a tax expert and you should obviously take your own advice if necessary, it would be hard to argue that The Economist magazine is not an acceptable tax-deductible purchase for most business people.  The price charged seems to be in line with the price charged via other channels so you are not over-paying.

If you have any friends in the United States who may enjoy The Economist in print (you could access the digital version yourself), there is a bigger deal to be had.  The cost is $190 (£134) for 13,200 Avios.  Note also that the DIGITAL ONLY version for US residents is $152 (£108) and you get 10,200 Avios for yourself.

Le Club AccorHotels is running a similar deal.  There is a link on the Accor website here.

You will earn up to 12,000 Le Club AccorHotels points with a two-year Economist subscription.

1 Accor points = 1 Avios point in Iberia Plus if you choose to convert them.  (Do NOT convert into British Airways Avios as the rate is 2:1.  Convert to Iberia and move them across to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’).

However …… 12,000 Accor points are also worth a €240 (£209) discount on an Accor hotel stay.  Given that a 2-year Economist subscription (print and digital) is £315, this is a very strong rebate if you were after the magazine in the first place.

If you are self employed and can offset the cost of the magazine as a business expense, it is even more interesting.  Both the BA and Accor offers run until 31st May.   Thanks to James for the Accor link.


New Heathrow Rewards transfer bonus launched

Heathrow Rewards has launched a new transfer bonus exclusively for Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer members.

Premium members of Heathrow Rewards (who spend £750 in a year) will receive a 50% bonus on all transfers to KrisFlyer made before 31st May.

Standard members will receive a 25% bonus.

Heathrow Rewards is also running a bonus on purchases of Apple products until 30th April.  You will receive:

  • Double points when you spend £350 – £699
  • Triple points when you spend £700 – £999
  • Quadruple points when you spend £1,000 or more

Heathrow Rewards KrisFlyer transfer bonus

Avios Gender Pay Gap report

Avios Group has published its gender pay gap report, as it is now legally obliged to do as an employer of over 250 people.  The report is here (PDF) and shows a 32% difference in median pay between male and female employees.

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  1. Luthar says:

    OT – I need to cancel an avios booking on BAEC. Can I do this online or do I need to call BA?

    • Darren says:

      Depends, if it was booked online you can cancel online in most cases. Open Jaw flights require a call.

      • Stu N says:

        Even if you can do it online, if you need the Avios back quickly then you’re probably better off calling them.

    • Online, if it was done on

  2. Hsergio10 says:

    Quick Question
    I have 5k accords points
    If i take advantage of the Economist offer i.e 12000 points, would i be eligible to get platinum status? (12k+5=14k>14k)

  3. Larl13 says:

    OT: Tier or status points (Not Avios, I think I have this one understood!) please can someone clarify if I can get the tier points, say with BA (assuming BA or partner flight) if the flight is booked:
    1. via a travel agent
    2. via a site such as Expedia
    3. as part or a package holiday
    Seems I am having trouble finding out the answer. I believe that for 1 above I need to supply my membership number on booking. Is it the same for 2 & 3?

    • Yes, You should be able to. As long as you know the booking reference you can add it via manage my booking (For BA flights this works easily for some partners I have had dificulty – for example LATAM will not allow you to add a non LATAM number after booking.)
      In any case you can claim the points after the flight via (the same applies for Tier points as for Avios)

    • Yes to all 3. You can add your number via Manage My Booking if you have the 6-character booking reference, or at check-in as a last resort.

  4. OT – brain picking. I’ve miss-timed my current 2 4 1 and will have to use it for a short haul trip next Spring. OH doesn’t fancy Moscow. Another option would be the Madrid flight with the flat beds. Anyone got any tips on getting really good value out of it? Thinking also about Rome/Vienna. Would Sicily be an option? We’ve done all the zone 1 places e.g. Paris, Prague, and need to fly from LHR as connecting from MAN.

    • JamesB says:

      Cairo? Awesome city 🙂

      • Stu N says:

        Madrid could work, there is a regular daily 777/787 rotation so you get Club World seats. IIRC it gets back into LHR pretty late though so you may struggle to connect to MAN that evening. I don’t think you can use the 2-4-1 on the Iberia A330/340 rotation that is a bit earlier but that might be worth checking. For Spain, Seville is brilliant too but it’s an LGW flight – train from Madrid is superb so you could do MAN-LHR-LGW-SVQ, train to MAD and back MAD-LHR-MAN.

        Otherwise there are the eastern Mediterranean destinations – Cyprus, Beirut and Tel Aviv might appeal if JamesB’s idea of Cairo doesn’t appeal.

        Or go somewhere proper wintry – HEL or TLL, both wonderful cities – in my view TLL edges it but weather could be brutal rather than charmingly wintery.

        • Genghis says:

          I wouldn’t focus on getting the “best value”, rather somewhere you actually want to go. Went to Israel last year and thought it was great (apart from the interrogation and full hand baggage search on leaving the country due to me visiting many Muslim countries)

        • Stu N says:

          But then you might find somewhere you love – we only went to Tallinn on the cheap Finnair codeshare deal and can’t wait to go back. Friends similar with Tel Aviv…

      • I would but OH not keen.

    • Istanbul?

      • Thanks – OH is extremely risk averse so it’ll have to be Europe (yes I know Europe isn’t that safe these days but there’s no arguing with him!) We’ll only have 3/4 days so don’t want to change airports too often. I’m thinking possibly Lisbon or Athens?

        • Both are great. Lisbon flies from T3 so you could do the lounge hopping thing!

        • JamesB says:

          What about 4 days in an Eastern North American city? Montreal and use one day to visit Qubec City. Not unusual for people to go to the likes of NYC or Boston for a weekend.

        • Tilly says:

          Absolutely love Athens! The city will keep you very busy for 3 or 4 days and the food is just delicious!

        • Tilly says:

          What about Toronto? Boston is lovely too!

  5. Andrew-a says:

    O/T advice required.
    I am planning a trip next June, EDI to JFK in F for 3 people, using a 2 for 1 and avios for the third person. I intend to make this open jaw with flights back from MIA or MCO in J. Am I able to book just the two people back using the 2 for 1 and make the third booking separately with a Lloyds upgrade voucher? Basically what I mean is can we all travel out on the one booking but only two come back on it?
    Thanks in advance

    • If using the Lloyds voucher it will need to be 2 bookings as one is via and the other

    • Genghis says:

      Note cannot use Lloyds voucher for F

      • Andrew-a says:

        Thanks Genghis I realised that. I was going to use avios on the way out for F and only use the Lloyds voucher on the way back for J, although David ( see below) reckons you need to use the Lloyds from the UK.

        • I’m not sure about that. I used one Lloyds voucher for 2 one-way flights to IAD, then called to use a 2nd voucher for the return from BOS. In the end they made them into 2 upgraded return flights as this made the taxes lower, but there was no suggestion that I couldn’t use the voucher just to get us back from BOS.

        • No problem using a Lloyd’s voucher commencing outside the UK – either EU-LHR-XXX to lower taxes or XXX-UK to get back home from somewhere. So much more flexible than BA 241’s (if you aren’t flying F).

        • JamesB says:

          If both the Lloyds voucher and 241 is in your name then you have a problem because yoo would need to be on the booking for both I think? Or can the 241 voucher holder book for any two others? Lloyds voucher holder definitely needs to fly when it is used for 2x one way.

        • Andrew-a says:

          Thanks all. The 2 for 1 is in my wife’s name so she will book for her and our daughter. The Lloyds voucher is in my name so should work out ok, fingers crossed. It’s a while away but want to make sure I know what I’m doing.

  6. Andrew-a says:

    Thanks Rob,
    I assume then I would make a 2 for 1 open jaw booking, a separate F booking one way all on then a single booking for one return leg of the journey ( therefore only using half of the upgrade voucher)?

    • David says:

      I believe the Lloyds voucher needs to be used departing from UK

      • JamesB says:

        No, not the case.

        • David says:

          indeed – it would appear so.

          I believe it used to say otherwise. And I think, there were – at least initially – reports exUK was enforced.

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