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. 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 BA.com then a single Avios.com 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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