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30% bonus on buying Avios points extended  – but Groupon Spain is a better deal

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Avios has extended the current 30% bonus when you buy points until 1st October.  However, a new Groupon Spain deal offers better value if you can take the risk that the admin process will run smoothly.

For the 30% bonus, you need to visit via this page in order to buy.

This is a poor deal, given that we regularly see bonuses of 40% or 50% these days.  The only positive aspect is that there is no minimum purchase.  The bonus kicks in with the smallest 1,000 Avios transaction.

Over at Groupon Spain …..

The Groupon ‘cheap Avios’ promotion in Spain, with Iberia Plus, is also back again.  Click here for details.

The Avios are not a steal at these prices either, but you will in most cases find them cheaper than the offical BA offer.

Here are the prices:

  • 1,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €19 (1.68p)
  • 2,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €29 (1.28p)
  • 4,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €59 (1.30p)
  • 8,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €109 (1.20p)
  • 15,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €199 (1.17p)
  • 20,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €259 (1.15p)
  • 34,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €429 (1.11p)

You will need an Iberia Plus account to redeem your Groupon voucher, and you can then use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them across to British Airways Executive Club.  Please remember that Iberia Plus accounts must be 90 days old before you can use ‘Combine My Avios’, so don’t open a new one specifically to take advantage of this deal.

Some people have had trouble getting their Avios recently due to IT issues with Groupon and Iberia.  I can only hope that, in the four months since this offer last ran, they have sorted themselves out.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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 sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (174)

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  • Roy says:

    O/T anyone else having trouble with the Accor Places app today?

  • Freddy says:

    Struggling to get a Marriott bonvoy number to call to transfer points, any pointers?

    • Rooster says:

      just the uk call centre will be fine
      00800 1927 1927

      • Mark2 says:

        surely that is the US call centre.
        UK is 020 7012 7312

        • Freddy says:

          I tried the 0207 earlier today and it wasn’t connecting

          • Nick_C says:

            Agree. The UK number doesn’t seem to work any more.

            If you need to call the US, I recommend downloading the Ringo app. You can call the US as a local call on your mobile phone.

            Used it to call AA recently for seat reservations on a JAL domestic redemption (booked the flights on line but couldn’t request seats).

  • VJ says:

    OT: PRG 3000 points on supplimentary card still ON?

    • Nick_C says:

      Advertised openly on their website, but I didn’t get it automatically this month, for the first time. (The supp card had been activated and used for a couple of weeks before I contacted them, but in the past the bonus has gone on as soon as the card is activated). On line chat couldn’t sort it. Had to phone the call centre. They initially said the offer wasn’t in my account. I pointed out the offer is on their website and they don’t say its targeted. They applied the bonus while I was on the phone to them.

  • 3742 says:

    Are you South African? You remind me of one, whose name is Cat.

  • Benylin says:

    OT: HSBC Premier Cc, does everyone else have a rubbish credit limit, I have £5k

    • 3742 says:

      I had £3k on the ordinary Premier CC, which sat in my safe for years and pre-dated my point collecting. When I upgraded it to the WE, I told them the limit must be reviewed. They asked how much I wanted; I asked for £10k, and they said yes straight away. They might have given more, but I’ll never know as I’ve no reason to ask.

      Have you tried just talking to them about it? I find them quite approachable.

      • Benylin says:

        I asked them back when I wasn’t premier, and they asked a hundred questions before they upgraded my limits, it was a bit long winded. I have the free Premier CC.

    • Bonglim says:

      I applied for the HSCB world elite CC – and was assigned a 30k limit, way more than I wanted.

  • Shoestring says:

    looks like you can sign up without an invitation these days – 250 Accorpoints to give your IB a/c another 3 years’ life

    • Shoestring says:

      sorry link didn’t work (my wife got the invitation this week & that worked fine!)

      • meta says:

        Yes, need to fill in one survey after sign-up which will give you an extra 25 or 50 points.

      • BJ says:

        Anybody can sign up by clicking through from the partner page on Flying Blue therefore I am guessing the same might be true from partner page on Accor.

        • Shoestring says:

          300 free IB Avios to give your IB a/c 3 more years’ life

        • BJ says:

          Cool, thought it would work. I did the Flying Blue version last week to get my balance up to the next round 1000 Just a reminder to anybody who has forgotten, or didn’t know -Flying Blue miles and Accor points can be transferred in either direction by linking accounts under their Miles and Points partnership.

  • Nick_C says:

    Just listened to Rob’s interview on You and Yours. Immediately after the interview (10.36), the presenter says;

    “Airbus have sent us a statement which says that they are working with airlines on this, and that next year they’ll be updating the software on these planes and that will solve the problem.”

    So that’s all right then. We’ve seen how well software fixes can rectify load imbalances. 😨

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