It’s back! You can buy cheap Avios points – from 0.71p – simply by heading over to Groupon.
This time there is a fundamental change to the offer, and it is for the better. It is being run by Aer Lingus Aer Club, not Iberia, and via Groupon Ireland, not Groupon Spain. This means that, if you have a problem receiving your voucher code, your chance of getting it resolved as a non-Spanish speaker is now much improved.
I am also in touch with the people at Avios who are looking after this offer, so if there are any problems with missing codes we should be able to resolve them.
Note that, whilst you need to buy now, you won’t receive your Avios until 28th June. There have apparently been fraud issues with the Iberia version of this offer and a delay is being put in place in case of problems with payment cards.
In the past, an avios.com would double-up as an Aer Club account. This is no longer an option as all avios.com accounts are being closed. Even if you have an avios.com account, you need to open an Aer Club account. During the sign-up process, when you are asked if you have an Avios account already, say ‘No’.
If the Aer Club website is refuses to accept your application form, try removing the space from your post code and, when formatting your mobile number, put the first two numbers in the first box and the rest in the 2nd box.
When your Avios have arrived in your Aer Club account, you can move them across to your British Airways Executive Club account by using the ‘Combine Your Avios’ feature on avios.com or ba.com.
What do the Avios cost?
There are five price levels- the 2,000 Avios deal is the cheapest.
If you do not use an existing groupon.ie account and open a new one, you can use code HELLO15 to save a further 15% (capped at €20).
2,000 Avios = €19 (£16.71) – 15% with HELLO15 = 0.71p SOLD OUT 4,000 Avios = €59 (£51.91) – 15% with HELLO15 = 1.10p SOLD OUT
8,000 Avios = €99 (£87.10) – 15% with HELLO15 = 0.93p
15,000 Avios = €189 (£166.28) – €20 with HELLO15 = 0.99p
20,000 Avios = €249 (£219.12) – €20 with HELLO15 = 1.00p
35,000 Avios = €439 (£386.32) – €20 with HELLO15 = 1.05p
You can buy a maximum of ONE of each remaining package, which means
84,000 78,000 Avios in total. If you buy multiple packages, remember that the HELLO15 discount is capped at €20 per order and not per package.
Even if you make a separate Groupon purchase for more codes to take you beyond
84,000 78,000 Avios, you will not be allowed to apply them to your Aer Club account – although obviously you could buy for family members and add the codes to their Aer Club account.
If you do not use a 0% payment card, remember to factor in the 3% FX fee to the prices shown above.
What happens next?
You will be emailed a voucher code. This must be redeemed at aviosvouchers.com.
The voucher will only be accepted for redemption into an Aer Club account, not an Iberia or British Airways account.
You can only redeem your voucher between 28th June and 28th July. Do NOT buy if you need the Avios immediately.
The big question ….. is it worth it?
Because this is an Irish rather than a Spanish deal, I am pretty confident that you will receive your Avios without too much of a fight. To be fair, even the recent Groupon Spain / Iberia versions of this deal have been trouble-free for most people.
Picking up 2,000 Avios for 0.71p is a no-brainer.
In general, I am not keen on paying more than 0.75p per point. I tend to average 1.15p when I redeem and I want a big margin between my ‘purchase’ and ‘sale’ costs. That said, if you know you will get substantially above 1p per Avios when you redeem then it would be worth jumping in at the higher levels.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.