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Buy 2,000 Avios for under £17 via Groupon Spain

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The Groupon ‘cheap Avios’ promotion in Spain, with Iberia Plus, is back again.  Click here for details.

The cheapest – and best value – 2,000 Avios package was still in stock last night.  You are only paying €19 for 2,000 points, which is 0.84p each.  That’s not a bad price if you know you will get 1p+ when redeeming.

Groupon Avios

Here are the other prices, which are less of a steal:

  • 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)

Whilst these deals were administratively messy when they first appeared, I get fewer complaints these days.  The IT seems to be working better now.  Of course, all of the information is in Spanish but Chrome can translate the page for you.

The Groupon Spain page you need is here.

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Comments

  1. Sofitel T5 charges £20 for kids beds. Does it mean kids stay for free if they use the cot we are travelling with or would they charge £20 regardless? Also, is it possible to check in luggage the evening before flying with BA at T5?

    • The charge should only be if they actually provide a bed, unless they specify otherwise. We always check luggage in the night before when flying down from MAN.

    • You cant drop bags off to BA the night before at LHR.

  2. Mud Island Mlungu says:

    Hi Rob

    I’ve had my Iberia Plus account for nearly a year but can’t seem to get it to accept transfers from IP to BAEC. I’ve read your article from January but no luck. It only ever shows BAEC to IP.

    Any thoughts?

    • I have the same problem. I tried an Aer Club account but it failed on set up despite all my details being exactly correct.

      I’m an experienced points collector but am stumped by this one – and surprised by the lack of coverage and comments on this situation.

      • Shoestring says:

        Not sure what you mean by ‘failed on set up’ – try pulling points *from* IB, ie you are logged into your AerClub a/c doing the points movement.

        If all else fails, you can phone BAEC to get your IB points moved across.

      • I’m having a similar problem. Have had an IB account for years and usually have “pulled” the points from avios.com and then “pushed” into BAEC.
        I’m not a regular earner with IB and haven’t transferred in about 4/12, but this last week I can’t login to IB on the Combine my Avios page of either BA or AerClub. I can however login to BA and Avios partners on the IB website but annoyingly have only the radio button for BA into IB, not vice versa!

        • Did you try to log into avios.com with your AerClub username and password, Harpo? It works for me.

        • I moved Avios to IB yesterday via an AerClub log-in, and back again. Article tomorrow will show why.

    • Shoestring says:

      Set up AerClub a/c and move points IB—>AerClub—>BAEC

  3. My Iberia Plus a/c is showing -9,000 Avios following the transfer of Avios gained from the cheap flight promotion earlier in the year to my BARC a/c. Any Avios bought through the Groupon promotion would be swallowed up by the negative balance position until I reach zero with IP. Any suggestions to avoid this most welcome.

  4. Sorry to be off topic.

    Yesterday I booked a very good deal with BA (flight and hotel) for a 5 star all inclusive Corfu hotel.

    My flights are economy. Can I upgrade to Business with points? There is availability.

    Thanks.

    • Spurs Debs says:

      Yes but you have to phone call centre if it’s a BA holiday.
      And sometimes they will only let you upgrade if you have paid in full, but others have said they
      Might let you upgrade if you have only paid some. As normal with call centre staff it’s hit and miss.
      Only way to find out is to make the call.

      • Also, I don’t think it’s a good deal to upgrade for Europe as the taxes are very high and not capped as they would for a flight booked solely with avios. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

  5. OT FT article (not that interesting) “Rich People’s Problems: How to fly first class for free” behind paywall but made me laugh as James Max mentions his Centurion Card as much as Nigel. It must be a thing 🙂
    https://www.ft.com/content/5535426a-037b-11e9-bf0f-53b8511afd73

  6. Shoestring says:

    Here’s a handy table showing why you should go through IB’s Plustore to buy those Groupon points:

    Un total de 2.057 avios por 19€ 2000 bono + 57 IberiaPlustore
    Un total de 4.177 avios por 59€ 4000 bono + 177 IberiaPlustore
    Un total de 8.297 avios por 99€ 8000 bono + 297 IberiaPlustore
    Un total de 15.567 avios por 189€ 15000 bono + 567 IberiaPlustore
    Un total de 20.747 avios por 249€ 20000 bono + 747 IberiaPlustore
    Un total de 35.317 avios por 439€ 34000 bono + 1.317 IberiaPlustore

    • Harry/all,

      How are you getting the IB+ store Groupon link to work? Just will not link for me.

      If I go to the normal IB+ store I can log in, but then if I try and find Groupon (under “leisure”?) it takes me to hotels or something strange, no mention of Groupon anywhere on the site.

      If I just Google IB+ Groupon I can find the right link, but on the page it takes me to I’m not logged in, even if already logged in under another tab! If I then click log in it says “sorry, page not available”. If I just click on the Groupon link it says “please log in to go to Groupon”. Same issue every damn time this offer is up.

      Are you using a VPN to make it think you’re Spanish or something?

      I know it’s only a handful of extra euros but this is really annoying me lol. Any advice appreciated.

    • Hi, bought some avios from the Spanish groupon offer. I went through the link to add groupon code and Iberia number to the voucher. However the voucher is still sitting in my accound and detail says “Ready to redeem”. Is this what happens or has something gone wrong?

  7. Did anyone else find Curve payments for this being rejected?

    • Graham Walsh says:

      I just did PayPal linked to my Lloyd Amex.

      • I tried that, got a message from Spanish Groupon saying they couldn’t process the payment and it never appeared on my Lloyds card.

        • Graham Walsh says:

          We all know how good their IT is so it was probably hit and miss on what works.

  8. OT but bits – how is the Curve/Amex trial going? Have there been any hints about when the rest of us can join in?! (Platinum referral year re-starts next week…)

    • The Real John says:

      It’s working… I topped up £1000 per month and no problems with Curve getting rejected

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Gone very well. No issues at all.

      • Going well for me too – although payments to Brighton based finance company seem to be blocked (as are cash withdrawals, although that’s clearly set out in the terms anyway).

    • Top-up has worked fine. Were some major issues with the app last weekend (kept crashing everytime you opened it!) but thankfully an update was released that sorted it. 0.65% fee for top-up above £1k which limits utility although price plans coming that will offer higher limits – although likely packaged with insurance, etc. so probably not of too much interest for those with Amex Plat, etc.

  9. Chelseafi says:

    Sorry very OT I’m thinking of Vegas this year maybe Sept as got 241 to use up any advice appreciated for Hotel if good value for points, otherwise I’d use cash. I’ve got Amex Plat so only Hotel status from this, Currently got 150k IHG points, can get around 250k Membership Rewards from amex Plat and have around £1k in Tesco Clubcard. Looking at around 5 nights. Thanks

    • Not one of the groups you mentioned, but the old Mandarin Oriental has just converted this year to a Waldorf-Astoria. So basically a way to stay at a MO on Honors points.

      If you are going to stay at a Caesar’s property (about half the properties on the strip) then look into status matching at Wyndham and then matching further to Caesar’s Total Rewards program.

      https://www.caesars.com/total-rewards/tr-partners/wyndham_resorts

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Depends on time of year and what events are on. You might be better off with a cash rate as there are so many hotels. Look on Hotwire/Priceline etc too see if you can get a mystery booking but that’s probably better for last minute instead.

    • For Vegas especially if you’re going midweek, rooms can be quite cheap and not worth burning points. You can earn points with various hotels, we’ve done the Tropicana (Hilton) and Venetian/Palazzo (IHG). Both were good, although we didn’t get an upgrade at Tropicana as a Diamond (I didn’t try that hard).

      • Chelseafi says:

        Thanks so much for replies, we haven’t been for over 12 years so I know lots has changed, stayed MGM and Venetian (good old Virgin holidays on Tesco Clubcard free holiday days!!) but I know lots more additional charges and taxes are now added. Thinking could do a points back up booking and keep an eye out last min on cash rates, as agree rather get value for points for another holiday. Flexible on time of year thinking Sept Oct might be good?

      • We’ve got the Venetian booked on points for 2 nights in February. Everyone says Vegas hotels are dirt cheap mid-week but everyone I’ve looked good 5* hotels are £250+ per night. I must just be lucky!

        • Yeah, it’s cheap midweek if you’re ok staying in the Excalibur or Circus Circus. Decent hotels are cheaper than weekends but not by much

    • dgsupersonic says:

      My go to hotel is the Cosmo but not necessarily the best use of points. As well as being my preferred hotel I like the fact I can double dip with Identity points too. Basically I got a free night stay thanks to my identity points/level for the last 12 months.

  10. 1967stuart2 says:

    My free 250 Shangri-La points have posted and so have my wife.

    Is there anyway to transfer from one account to another as to redeem them for a US$50 voucher now requires 500 points.

    Thanks for any advice

    • If you can get Shangri La to send you a plastic card then you don’t need to hit $50 for a voucher as you can use (in most venues) as many points as your want.

      • Received my points now too, although I did need to send them an email to chase them. Need to look out my GC membership card now, am sure I have it somewhere!

  11. Re Accor offer if you book in next couple of days you may find the triple points if booked with their App more generous? ( especially if you don’t have status )
    https://www.headforpoints.com/2018/12/07/warning-for-ba-ggl-guf2-holders/

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