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Groupon is selling Avios points from a mileage broker ….

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For the first time, Groupon UK is selling Avios points.  We have seen this on Groupon Spain and Groupon Ireland before, but not here.

Full details of the offer are 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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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:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

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:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.)

Comments (140)

  • Lady London says:

    Defo go back to them on this and say you want the full 60 days notice in writing (email acceptable) of which exact date the changes will take place on and that what they have provided is not conformant with your t’s and c’s (assuming you have same as everybody else)..

  • G says:

    If BA find you’ve traded in adios you can be kicked out of exec club and loose all you adios and other benefits, not worth it

  • Newbie Pointser says:

    The groupon page says “not available”….. all groupon points seem to be sold out.

    Question for the avios experts: I want to book using Avios to go to from LON to RIO (GIG) May 2020 lie flat bed, for 2 people, would prefer BA….. as i understand it the best thing is to buy via Iberia, that way the airline taxes are far lower, and I can even simply book from LHR to GIG via BA, but booked via the Iberia Plus site (of which I am now a proud member with “0” points, awaiting my 90 day probation period to end).
    I’m budgeting 75000 return per person for Club World – have i read the pricing charts correctly?
    Is the best strategy to buy business class with avios, or try for an upgrade after springing some more cash for premium economy? (I can keep any extra avios for later adventures)

    I’m going to load up with BA’s 45% offer to get reach my target of 150,000 avios.

    That would be 2 x lie flats for the cash upfront price of approx £1615, so thats suffiicient vfm for me….

    By the time I book I may have added a few more from here and there, and also some actual flying to Madrid for a few days break credited to the Iberia Plus account.

    • Doug M says:

      Is the £1615 just the cost of the Avios? If so I think you’re under estimating the real cost. Firstly you have no guarantee of availability with Avios. Iberia may have lower fees, but they’re not nothing, and if you book from London on a single ticket they’ll be £172 ADP regardless of other fees. 75K is the BA off peak price I think.

      • Newbie Pointser says:

        Annoying… in fact the redemption chart was one way.
        so for each traveller I need 150k, so 300k in total.
        £1615 is about what I can pay for TAP or even KLM business class, so i guess its down to how much I care about the BA business class offering.
        Maybe paying premium economy and upgrading is a better use of miles, is that a practical option? I know its not common with virgin, who i normally fly with.
        Failing that I’ll focus on virgin points which i’ve got a healthy balance. thing is virgin don’t fly there, although it looks like i maybe able to use KLM \ Air France in near future.

    • Rob says:

      The BA lawyers have had it pulled.

  • Declan says:

    “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”… someone forgot to tell that to Aer Lingus. The Aer Lingus App displays your balance as ‘My Avios Points’

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