British Airways Executive Club is launching a new ‘buy Avios’ promotion today. It will also apply if you gift Avios to someone else.
BA has lifted the annual purchase limit to 200,000 Avios as part of this offer. Here are the bonus tiers:
- Buy or gift 1,000 to 15,000 Avios and receive 20% bonus Avios
- Buy or gift 20,000 to 35,000 Avios and receive 30% bonus Avios
- Buy or gift 40,000 to 90,000 Avios and receive 35% bonus Avios
- Buy or gift 100,000 to 200,000 Avios and receive 45% bonus Avios
AerClub members in Ireland will have a similar deal. The offer runs until 6th August.
At the top end, you are paying a whopping £3,215 for 290,000 Avios. That is 1.11p per point. This is not necessarily a great idea as the best value is generally obtained by buying a small number of Avios to top off your account.
If you saw me on BBC1’s Rip Off Britain recently (you can watch the segment here, it is only 3 minutes long) you will know that one of the members of the public I tried to help had bought 100,000 Avios for £1600 without fully understand the restrictions behind them.
I am not a buyer at 1.1p. However, as my core article on ‘What is an Avios worth?’ shows, it is easy to get a lot more than 1.1p when redeeming. My valuation is low because I do a lot of Gold Priority Rewards (using double Avios to force open a seat) and don’t always have a BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher to use. If you are strategic you should do better than me.
The BA ‘buy Avios’ page is here. If the offer doesn’t show, check back later in the day.
Before you buy, you should know that Groupon has launched another cheap Avios promotion in Spain, with Iberia Plus. Click here for details.
Here are the prices:
- 4,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €54 (1.2p)
- 8,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €99 (1.1p)
- 15,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €189 (1.1p)
- 20,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €249 (1.1p)
- 35,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €439 (1.1p)
You might find this a cheaper option for smaller quantities.
These Spanish Groupon offers – unlike the recent Irish offer – can get messy. All of the information is in Spanish (Chrome can translate) and if you have problems you are dealing with the Iberia and Spanish Groupon contact centres.
You can buy a LOT of points though. The limit is 5 coupons per Iberia account for the 4,000, 20,000 and 35,000 Avios packages and 10 per account for the 8,000 and 15,000 Avios packages. These Avios can be transferred across to British Airways via ‘Combine My Avios’ without any problems. Buyer beware though.
The Groupon Spain page you need is here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)
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. 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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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 10,000 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.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)