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Biggest bonus yet – up to 25,200 Avios for an Economist subscription (as low as 0.96p per Avios)

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British Airways and The Economist have brought back their special offer for taking out a subscription.  This is the biggest bonus yet.

As you can see at this link, you can earn up to 25,200 Avios with a new subscription to The Economist.

Here are the permutations on offer if you are a UK resident:

Print only or digital only:

1 year: £145 with 10,200 Avios (1.42p per Avios)

2 years: £259 with 16,200 Avios (1.60p per Avios)

3 years: £349 with 22,200 Avios (1.59p per Avios)

Print and digital:

1 year: £179 with 13,200 Avios (1.35p per Avios)

2 years: £315 with 19,200 Avios (1.64p per Avios)

3 years: £425 with 25,200 Avios (1.68p per Avios)

The pricing seems a bit random in places.  However, compared to the 1.6p per Avios charged when you buy them directly from BA, this is more interesting.

This offer is particularly attractive if you are self-employed or run a company.  Whilst I am not a tax expert and you should obviously take your own advice if necessary, it would be hard not to argue that The Economist magazine is an acceptable tax-deductible purchase for most business people.

Avios Economist offer

The price charged seems to be in line with the price charged via other channels so you are not over-paying.

However, before you sign up, it is worth looking at the prices offered for residents of other countries.

If you have any friends in Canada who may enjoy The Economist in print (you could access the digital version yourself), it is an even better deal.  For a three year subscription it is C$455 (£267) for 25,200 Avios which works out at 1.06p per point.

Note also that the DIGITAL ONLY version for Canadian residents is C$365 (£214) for three years and you get 22,200 Avios for yourself.  This works out at 0.96p per Avios.  There is a US offer too but this less attractive.

The offer runs until 31st January.

PS.  If you are looking the cheap Avios, the Groupon deal with Iberia Plus is still running. Click here for details.

These are the packages still available:

  • 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 Avios will be credited to an Iberia Plus account and you can move them from there to your BA account via ‘Combine My Avios’.  (Note that Iberia accounts must be 90 days old before you can use ‘Combine My Avios’.)  The Groupon Spain page you need is here.

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  1. possible to do multiple subscription on one single BA membership account?

  2. Tax Expert says:

    Buying The Economist is not a tax deductible expense. Unless it is wholly and exclusively for the running of your business.

  3. WilcoRoger says:

    I subscribed to The Economist in August and had to chase my points/miles until before Christmas. (in earlier years the chase for points was shorter, but never managed to get them automatically – on several different airlines)

    Luckily their editorial material is not produced by the same people who run the subscription offers.

  4. AndrewH says:

    As a postscript – finally got avios points in BAEC. As a reminder in my case I took out subscription late Sept 2018, should take 8 wks max ie end of Nov 18… 13 weeks in, in early Jan the avios finally arrive after much chasing. After it arrived, I’ve got a few months added to my subscription as “goodwill”. A few points of “learning” for others 1) somehow they didnt have my BAEC number in their system…. so worth checking v early on that their system has it 2) their telephone customer line is better than their email customer service in my experience – I think the lack of real people contact means their responses are less “generous” or “reasonable”. good luck.

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