It is unnecessarily complex, in my view, but may make sense for some readers.
The net result, at the most efficient price point, is that you are buying 37,500 Avios for £415, which is 1.1p per Avios.
This is what you do:
Step 1: Log in to your online American Express account, go to your British Airways American Express statement page and – under ‘Offers’ at the bottom – register for the ‘buy Avios’ offer which should be showing
Step 2: Go to the ‘buy Avios’ page of ba.com which is here
Step 3: Buy at least 25,000 Avios, which will cost you at least £415. You MUST pay with your BA Amex.
Step 4: The 25,000+ Avios will appear in your British Airways Executive Club account very quickly
Step 5: 12,500 bonus Avios will be added to your American Express account within five days of the original transaction showing up, and will be sent over at the end of your next statement period with your usual Avios for the month
There are a few things which could go wrong if you’re not careful:
You forget to register for the offer
You forget to pay with the same British Airways American Express which was registered
The delay in getting the 12,500 bonus Avios – which could take over a month depending on where you are in your statement period at the moment – may be an issue if you need to book a redemption now
There is one other thing to note. Whilst you are making a transaction via ba.com, buying Avios does NOT count for double credit card spend points (3 per £1) if using the Premium Plus card.
Is 1.1p per Avios good value?
You WILL get more than 1.1p most of the time, but rarely so much more that you should stockpile them without a firm plan.
I am not a buyer at this price, but you might be if you have a definite redemption in mind where you are certain you can get more than 1.1p.
You should also remember that, because the bonus is fixed at 12,500 Avios, this deal gets more expensive per point if you buy more than the minimum 25,000 Avios.
What others options do I have?
The Groupon Spain offer with Iberia Plus is still running. This is a better offer if you need fewer than 37,500 Avios.
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)
Note that 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.
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 from Iberia Plus via ‘Combine My Avios’ without any problems.
The Groupon Spain page you need is here.
This is not a terrible offer (neither is it a great offer) and I wouldn’t take part unless you have a firm idea of how to use the Avios for more than you are paying for them.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these:
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.