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ENDS TONIGHT: Buy up to 84,000 cheap Avios points, from 0.7p, via Groupon Ireland

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It’s back! You can buy cheap Avios points – from 0.71p – simply by heading over to Groupon.

The link for the deal is here.

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.

This is a now an Aer Club deal.  This means that you need an Aer Club Avios account (easily fixed by going to aerlingus.com if you don’t have one).

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.

The Groupon Ireland page is here.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (158)

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  • Lady London says:

    If British Airways is reading this then my willingness to mention these things to others has been greatly enhanced over the years by the cruel and rotten so-called Customer Service I received, particularly on one incident that literally had me in tears on the phone with your so-called customer services on another Continent.

    • the real harry1 says:

      yep I also got to the point where I felt BA were acting so evilly to people demanding proper compo for delays and cancellations – ie there is a clear corporate policy of denying everything, refusing everything, lying about everything and saying BA is not liable under EC261 no matter what – purpose being to make 90% of legit claimants just go away – that I felt empowered to help people with proper compo claims get their rightful compo

      • Lady London says:

        Oh dear. It’s not just me then?

      • the real harry1 says:

        the good news is: once the 90% have gone away, BA is more than happy to fold & pay the persistent their rightful compo 🙂

      • RussellH says:

        Pleased to be able to report that we have just received our 2 x €400,– for our delayed return flight from Madrid to Newcastle on 25 March. “Only” about 90 mins lste off MAD, but that meant we missed the last flight LHR-NCL.

  • Sam says:

    The 2,000 bundle seems to be sold out.

  • RichE says:

    Keep getting error saying I have purchased the maximum number of packages when I haven’t managed to buy any!!

  • JamesS says:

    Grabbed an 8k and a 2k, went through Groupon for an extra 1500 Avios or so. Thanks!

  • Philly Crockatt says:

    Struggling to sign up to AerClub. Giving me an “Unfortunately we are unable to complete your registration” but not giving any reasons as to why this is. Anyone got any ideas to overcome this?

    • Gill says:

      And me! Did you get a solution to this?

    • Gill says:

      Phil – I have resolved the problem – when you put your postcode join it all up, dont put a space between the 2 parts of your post code. Also when you enter your mobile number, the +44 automatically appears, in the next box, just put the first 2 numbers of your mobile number and all remaining numbers in the last box – hope that makes sense!

  • Ian says:

    A bit OT, but I want to use the miles from this deal to redeem an open-jaw. Is it better to book two one-way redemptions (online) or a single open jaw ticket over the phone? If I book a two one-way redemption and I later need to cancel I would I have to pay the cancellation fee twice?

    I’m booking for two people, does this mean that I would pay £70 to cancel the open jaw? And £140 to cancel the two one-way redemptions?

    Is the cancellation fee per person or per booking?

    Thanks.

    • Mark2 says:

      I always book the first leg online at t-355 when the return is not available and ring to add the return when available (on 241).
      I cannot comment on the cost of cancelling.

      • Jorge says:

        I’ve just spoke to BA and they confirm is 35 per person, per ticket. So, two one way tickets would be subject to cancellation charges of £140.

        @Rob on your article https://headforpoints.com/2017/10/01/how-to-book-open-jaw-redemption-with-avios/

        you say: “Fuel surcharge – BA charges higher fuel surcharges for flights originating in some countries outside the UK, in particular the US. You may find that the tax charge for 2 x one-way flights is higher than booking a return. ”

        This doesn’t seem to be accurate, at least for my case. Using this route: LON – EZE – GIG – LON comes up as £500.22 if booking two one way tickets (online).

        When I called BA to book the open jaw tickets over the phone I was quoted £708 for two open jaw return tickets.

        That’s quite a substantial difference. So, it seems that one way is cheaper than return. However, if I need to cancel it all I’m paying a cancellation fee 4x.

        • Genghis says:

          Sometimes the two singles are more than the return (e.g. USA), sometimes less (e.g. Hong Kong).

        • Lady London says:

          And GIG has no fuel surcharges I think Brazil has outlawed them. So any ticket or standalone oneway leg starting in GIG is going to be cheaper.

    • Polly says:

      It’s per booking per person.. so yes you would pay 35 x 4. Have to decide which risk is best for you. We have cancelled our 241 in F to Asia in the past when a good ex EU J QR sale came along. Not worth sacrificing 280000 avios for a £400 pp difference in price. So def worth our while paying the cancellation fees, albeit only 2 x 35 that time.

  • Bee says:

    OT. I got the Curve card in May and have my Tesco card linked to it. I made a couple of cash withdrawals – one in May, that was fine. In June, I made one at the weekend for <£100 and when I checked my tesco account, I had been charged a 4% fee. I also made a charity donation, and was also hit with the 4% charge.

    Is anyone experiencing similar, is this a Tesco CC specific issue. I generally use cards so I pay no fees – now I am being charged for something I could easily have used my Debit card for.

    I have contacted Curve support team – they say they are looking into it.

    Thanks

    • Tony says:

      I just a letter from Tesco I had received a few days ago to say from June they are going to charge 3.99% on all cash transactions, they have also changed what they class as cash transactions so anything to do with cash, money transfer etc.

      I had got stung by this charge on the Lufthansa card in the past and Tesco card was the only one still going ok but oh well.

      • Lady London says:

        4% is outrageous as a transaction charge given the current level of interest rates which are lower that that for the use of money for a whole year.

        3% for FX transactions, often accompanied by a loaded bank rate as well, is also like the money lenders in the temple. Those providers should be thrown out too.

    • Lady London says:

      However if you were not notified of this change so that it is clear you saw it or dependent on contract or statute (I think 7 days seems to be the norm by a means you should have reasonably seen in that time) then they can’t charge it.

      Such as if you left for abroad a certain amount of time ago not having seen/received the notification personally I would query it as you made a decision to rely on the service you had signed up to at the price you agreed and you did not have the opportunity to make a different decision as you had not received the notification.

  • Bryan says:

    OT: I recently had a flight cancelled on a short city break. I had to book an additional night in a hotel. Not knowing I could claim it back I booked a relatively cheap hotel. My question is how far can you push the costs you can claim back? How far have you pushed them in the past?

    • roberto says:

      Depends where you are of course.. But the general rule I understand is up to £150 per night. In Hong Kong for example you might struggle to find somewhere decent for that so there might be some wiggle room.

      • the real harry1 says:

        On FT the received wisdom is that BA are perfectly happy to refund <£200 per hotel night under duty of care. Sometimes there ARE no £200 hotel rooms available, in which case you prove it with a bit of evidence (eg run a hotel room search and get an image of the page) and BA refund more. Certainly there is no good reason to slum it with a cheaper room because you're worried £200 is OTT. Presumably sharing with your significant other, you could go higher and claim half each.

        Not sure about other airlines but must be similar.

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