You can’t move these days without seeing a generous mileage offer for subscribing to The Economist.
As you can see at this link, you 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.
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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)
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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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 10,500 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.