For the first time, Groupon UK is selling Avios points. We have seen this on Groupon Spain and Groupon Ireland before, but not here.
The prices are:
- 10,000 Avios for £129
- 20,000 Avios for £249
- 30,000 Avios for £359
- 40,000 Avios for £479
- 50,000 Avios for £569
In all cases, these prices are lower than you will pay via the current ba.com ‘buy Avios’ deal we covered the other day.
So far, so good. Except ….. the Avios are NOT being sold by British Airways. They are being sold by a US group called buyairlinemiles.com. If you visit their website, it is quite clear that they are basically a mileage broker, someone who finds ways of trading miles against the rules of the programmes. The T&C’s say:
“We, at buyairlinemiles.com, are in no way affiliated with any of the respective, selected airlines.”
This looks very dubious to me and I am pretty sure that British Airways knows nothing about it. For a start, Groupon calls them ‘Avios miles’ – BA / Avios Group is very specific that they must be called just ‘Avios’ (not ‘Avios points’ and certainly not ‘Avios miles’) at all times, in all communications.
Now …. you may well get your points if you buy. If you use a credit card, you are protected by Section 75 chargeback coverage and indeed Groupon’s own guarantee. I would be wary, however.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
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.
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 10,500 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.