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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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 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 (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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 (175)

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  • filipino_chino says:

    Used Alternative Airlines many moons ago when some smaller airlines (now bust) in the Philippines did not accept international credit / debit cards..

  • DaveL says:

    Avis £20 says UK only in terms – pretty disappointing. Can anyone confirm if this is the case or if international rentals might trigger? I have a couple of rentals and 2 x £20 back would be quite welcome (and make it worthwhile paying on the Platinum)

  • pauldb says:

    Mentioned before but Cote will also give you a free bottle of wine to stack, for mailng list sign-up, but only until Monday (and the website seems to be down).

  • Shoestring says:

    1 month Sky Sports pass £9.99

    stacks with the Amex 50% off statement credit

    • Roger* says:

      Be careful if Sky/Now have your credit card details for another service, in which case that card may be used as default – check AmEx T+Cs

      • BJ says:

        Isn’t that issue addressed by having multiple accounts under different email addresses and names, or variants of the same name?

        • Roger* says:

          Perhaps. I have the NOW offer on one AmEx card. NOW already have my credit card and address details.

          I read the AmEx T+Cs which appear to exclude me. That’s why I said ‘be careful’, ‘may’ and ‘check’.

      • Shoestring says:

        Roger is correct, in that you first need to go into your payment card on account and change it to your chosen Amex card. Then get the deal/ pay.

        ***If you already have a month of Sky Sports going on NowTV, this deal will stack and add on another month***

        @5/ month after your Amex statement credit 🙂

        • Shoestring says:

          that cunning strategy does rely on them billing you before 16th October, though

        • BJ says:

          Thanks Roger/Harry, I need to get this sorted for my dad and he’ll be moaning if I don’t get it right.
          PS, Harry, when you can find a months ski pass for £9.99 with 50% off do let us know 🙂

          • Shoestring says:

            those sub £3 Gamivo etc 1 week Sky Sports passes apparently need to get used up before the new year, BJ – I don’t remember them telling me that at the time. I think I have 4 left so plenty of time.

          • BJ says:

            Ski passes hood man, ski passes!

    • Lee says:

      Any trouble getting AMEX credit? For the NOW TV it shows I have used the deal and have £4 credit earned under savings section on 19th, but no such credit showing on my statement, which is never happened before.

      • Andrew says:

        Ordered a second stick with a 2 month entertainment pass. £19.99 and had £10 returned by Amex triggered ok. (Existing Customer)

        For next 2 months payments, my NOW TV payments are going through my BoS accounts with £5 back on every one over £7 (also on Halifax). Then I’ll use the pass from December.

      • johnny_c-l says:

        I’ve also has problems with the NOW TV statement credit, the offer disappeared from ‘saved offers’ despite saving and using it last week, but got an email this morning inviting me to save it so I guess there has been an IT mess up.

        Amex were able to apply the credit manually through chat in the end.

    • Grant says:

      Thanks for this.

      Oddly, the system lets me change my payment card to my BAPP (which has the 50% offer on it) but when I come to buy the £9.99 pass it rejects it saying that they can’t take payments with a non-UK bank card at the moment.

      Anyone else had this issue with a BAPP or other Amex card? Solutions?

      • Shoestring says:

        not me, they were happy with Amex Gold

        • Grant says:

          Odd. Chat tried to help but couldn’t so it’s been escalted to tech support. Chat guy couldn’t understand why I didn’t want to pay with another card when the voucher was already discounted to £10

          • AndyGWP says:

            Grant – I’ve had this exactl problem sat with their Technical Support since 15th September. Don’t expect much – in the next few weeks, they’ll probably suggest you:
            – try again
            – try another credit card
            – speak to your bank

            Awful service to be honest

          • Grant says:

            Thanks for the data point! I won’t hold much hope

          • Shoestring says:

            easy to start a new NowTV a/c, = different email

  • DaveL says:

    OT – Revolut top-ups. Phoned Creation up as top-ups kept getting declined. Apparently it’s a ‘cash transaction’ (though no cash advance fee) and it’s ‘limited to £500 a week – set by MasterCard’. Is this really the case? I thought people were topping up a lot more than this on Revolut? Going via Curve didn’t help. Wanting to take advantage of 0% FX whilst travelling, I only spend and never withdraw anything.

    • bonglim says:

      Definitely nothing to do with MasterCard.
      I use my HSBC prem MasterCard to top up thousands of pounds at a time (when tax is due).
      I think I did 7k / day for four days running.

    • Genghis says:

      It’s a Creation thing. Limited to £700/w.

    • Anna says:

      My IHG MC is extremely temperamental when trying to top up Revolut, I will check back to see if this corresponds to any weekly limit, had not thought of that.

    • Roy says:

      Anyone else recently suffering from random declines using a Curve card linked to an IHG card? (Just for in store purchases – nothing cash related.).

      Does this have a weekly limit, too? Or is it just a combination of both Curve and IHG cards being unreliable at the best of times?

      • benj says:

        Yes! Online purchases (Delta airlines) and in store (well actually, the pub!). Also had the issue at an ATM in France last weekend.

        • Peter K says:

          I had a transaction appear to go through last weekend contactless via curve at as pub but then declined a minute later. Didn’t realise at first but contacted the pub I’ve I knew did certain I’d not been charged and paid it over the phone. No harm in being honest.

  • Froggitt says:

    If it’s still going, Amex Offer, £100 of £400 spend at, buy a Surface Go for about that money.

    • Benylin says:

      Surface Go any good?

      • memesweeper says:

        … not if you want a full-size keyboard… which unbelievably the ipad with the same sized screen can offer (as a high-price option)!

      • Doug M says:

        Surface Go is pretty good I think. It’s a real copy of Windows so it has that familiar look and feel. The £100 cover/keyboard is OK, but like all the Surface keyboards there’s a degree of flex/bounce in it given the slight angle it works at.
        If you intend to use it primarily as a tablet then Windows is just not as good as iPad IOS, which just has a better interface for finger prodding and dragging. The advantage of the Go is of course being able to use all the Windows software you’re used to.
        If you just want Web and Email I think an iPad is better.

  • Gerry says:

    O/T: At last, the Edinburgh Hyatt gets the nod.

    However, as has been said before on HFP, this hotel is in an ‘up and coming area’ and not central to the city.

  • rob says:

    Does anybody have any experience booking a hotel through Rocketmiles, not shwoing up, but still receiving the bonus?

    I can see ways of earning Heathrow Rewards at less than 1p per point using that given the current 5k bonus on offer.

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