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 (September 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)