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.
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