Bits: last day to buy Avios with 50% bonus, last day for the BA sale, 500 Accor points on your next stay

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Last chance to buy Avios with a 50% bonus

Today, Tuesday 21st, is your last chance to take advantage of the current British Airways ‘buy Avios’ bonus.

You will receive 50% bonus Avios when you buy or gift points.

This is as high a bonus as we see these days and there is no minimum purchase.  The bonus kicks in with the smallest 1,000 Avios transaction.  You need to visit ba.com via this page in order to buy.

British Airways has increased the number of Avios you can buy under this deal – the cap is now 200,000 points per year!  This means that, with the bonus, you will receive 300,000 Avios for a whopping £3,215.

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 last year (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 £1,600 without fully understand the restrictions behind them.

What does it cost?

In general, you will pay around 1.1p per Avios under this offer.  Based on my spreadsheet of the last 7 million Avios I redeemed, I got 1.15p of value.  This is using very conservative valuations for the flights booked, eg I value a Business Class flight to Dubai at £1,500 because even if BA isn’t charging that there is usually a deal with a secondary airline.

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.  My valuation is low because I do a lot of Gold Priority Rewards (using double Avios to force open a seat, mainly due to school holiday restrictions) and don’t always have a BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher to use.  I also tend to use Avios irrespective of the value, because I am sitting on a lot of them.  If you are strategic you should do far better than me.

The link to buy is here.

50% buy Avios bonus

Last day for the British Airways sale

Today is also your last day to book a flight or holiday in the current British Airways sale.

We did a very long article on the best deals when the sale launched.  I won’t repeat it all today, but click here and you can have a look at the offers we picked out.

500 bonus Accor points on your next stay

Get 500 bonus Accor points on your next stay

Accor Hotels, which own Novotel / Ibis / Mercure / M Gallery / Sofitel / Pullman / Raffles / Swissotel / Fairmont etc has launched a new offer for stays in the UK and selected parts of Europe.

Stays in the UK plus Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden are eligible.

You will earn 500 bonus points on your next stay in these countries.   This is not bad given that each point is worth 2 Eurocents if you redeem for Accor vouchers.  You would get €10 back in total for your next stay.  500 Accor points is also worth 500 Avios if you convert them to Iberia Plus (but only 250 Avios if you convert to BA Executive Club!).

You must stay between 12th July and 1st September which roughly matches the school summer season.

You MUST register via this special page on the Accor website BEFORE you book.  Existing bookings will not count.

The last day to book is 14th June.

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Comments

  1. Gin and Tonic Please says:

    OT: Just checked into Sofitel T5. The evening drinks/canapés finished at 19:30, which I swear is a good 2-3 hours earlier than they used to. Sad days.

    • Gin and Tonic Please says:

      Sorry – I’m referring to the complimentary stuff in the Club Millesime lounge.

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