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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) 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.
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.