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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 via this page in order to buy.

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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.

The link to buy is here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (20)

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  • Roger says:

    Can you buy Avios as legitimate business expense to redeem on flights meant for official business purposes?

    • Chas says:

      I can’t see why not if you’re going to legitimately use them to redeem for a business flight and can demonstrate a link between the Avios you bought and a business flight redemption. If you were being prudent you might want to check with your accountant though…

      • Rob says:

        I have bought and instantly redeemed hotel points for a work trip and expenses it. Can’t see any problem.

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Keep the ratio 1:1 and maybe but I’d still be squeamish

  • s879 says:

    OT: I have to go to Dubai for a weekend in November. Would prefer BA re Avios earning and flight times vs Emirates but due to recent BA strikes and mayhem wondering if I should risk it. Any advice re if the risk is high or not?

    • Rob says:

      Should be fine, even if the pilots do strike in September it should be resolved quickly.

    • Andrew says:

      Not sure if the arrangement still exists but a compromise might be EK flight on the QF flight code which can be credited to BAEC?

      • AJA says:

        +1 That is still possible although I think the fare may be slightly higher with a QF flight number.

  • LewisB says:

    OT: Curve is crowdfunding.

    “For registered Curve users, there will be an exclusive early access period to invest. You’ll be able to invest from as little as £10 to own a part of Curve and gain access to exclusive shareholder rewards.

    As much as we’d like to accommodate all of our eligible customers, there will be a finite amount of investment available and funding will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If interested, make sure to register your interest here to ensure you have first access and are included in all relevant updates.

    We look forward to sharing more details with you in the coming weeks.”

    • Chas says:

      No detail as to what the “exclusive shareholder rewards” will be though. Have registered my interest though in case it leads to higher limits or similar.

    • TimTam says:

      This comes weeks after they got bunch of funding: “Curve, the London-based “over-the-top banking platform,” has raised $55 million in new funding.” – July 2019

      So is this a Robert Maxwell style scam; or a unprofitable business model trying to stay afloat?

      • Ross Parker says:

        I think these days, crowdfunding for equity has become a marketing activity, not a fundraising one.

  • Chris says:

    OT: App in the air 1% day

    Did anyone get / going to the App in the Air 1% travellers day @ the O2 on the 5th of September? Or have experience of a similar even in the US; trying to decide if its worth a trip down from Nottingham (Its a travel planning app more focussed on flights than say tripit?)

    • Rob says:

      We have a media invite – Rhys is probably going. Not exactly a long way for us though.

  • Roger says:

    OT just to reconfirm, if I book Avios rewards flight as Avios + £0.50 and if I have to cancel (must it be 24 hours+ before departure), do I get full Avios back and loose only 50p for the booking?

    On another note, BA system seems to be broken and it does not offer Avios + £17.50 (or £35 for RT) on short haul reward flights. Nearest Price is £50 or so even for economy booking for RT.

    • Lady London says:

      Let’s hope it’s just ‘broken’ then.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      As long as it’s more than 24 hours before departure you’ll get all your Avios back.

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