A quick reminder that that British Airways is currently running a new short-term ‘buy Avios’ promotion which has another 48 hours to run.
You will receive a bonus of up to 45% Avios when you buy or gift points by Sunday 18th August.
This is not as high as the 50% bonuses we have seen from time to time. The bonus is also staggered, and you need to buy a whopping 100,000 to get the full 45%.
You need to visit ba.com via this page in order to buy.
This is how the bonus is staggered:
- 20% bonus when you buy 1,000 to 15,000 Avios
- 30% bonus when you buy 20,000 to 35,000 Avios
- 35% bonus when you buy 40,000 to 90,000 Avios
- 45% bonus when you buy 100,000 to 200,000 Avios
As you can see, 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 290,000 Avios for a whopping £3,215.
I am not a buyer at 1.1p, which is what you pay if you buy 100,000+. 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. And, of course, if you are just topping up your account before you make a redemption the exact price you pay doesn’t matter as much.
This HfP article from our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series shows you how to buy Avios points and which route is the best value from all of the options available.
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.