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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 ba.com 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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  • BlueHorizonuk says:

    OT but Amex related. I bought a whole host of things from Google to take advantage of the spend £725 and get £250 back. They re running a 21% off offer today but was wondering if Google now credit me with the difference will Amex take back the £250 credit?

  • Andy says:

    For anyone else that had the same thought as me I’ll save you the research, Princess cruises do sell gift cards, but only to people in the US and Canada.

    • xcalx says:

      I was thinking on them lines. A few years since I was on a Princess cruise, stick with RC now due to fantastic status perks. If you have a cruise booked you could add some OBC at £100 a time. Can’t see why that would not work.

  • Ant says:

    OTT: IHG Spire Elite- is my understanding correct that if I spend £37,500 on my IHG card I get the Spire Elite? Even if i don’t do any nights?
    Also is this the level that triggers the 25,000 bonus points?
    Plan on using IHG a lot next year

  • Lady London says:

    Hold on…. we are actually being charged for access to our own city, with this fireworks thing? What’s that (really) about? How can they do that?

    • Roy says:

      Is it any different to previous years?

    • BJ says:

      Same as Edinburgh…crowd control. Before they started charging crowds became so large they were dangerous. Oh, and if they can make a £ they will!

    • Lady London says:

      Never had to pay before and i think it’s immoral and a ripoff.

  • Debbie W says:

    I have been unable to transfer Avios from my Iberia Plus account that I purchased via the Groupon site as I am a member of a BA household account. It took several calls to both BA Executive Club and Iberia before this was explained to me. If anyone knows how to get around this (other than removing myself from the household account) please let me know. Is it possible to open another BA Exec account, transfer the Avios then merge my two accounts? Thanks.

    • memesweeper says:

      I’ve sent Avios from Iberia to Avios.com (Aer Lingus)… from there onwards to BA. My BA account is household, my Iberia and Aer Lingus/Avios.com ones are not.

  • Shoestring says:

    Had a bit of luck with my lovely Panasonic Viera 50″ TV – half price from Tesco Direct, Xmas 2014 – went kaput.

    5 year g’tee came good just in time with a couple of months to spare 🙂 – full refund received, so free TV for nearly 5yrs & presumably a few Amex points on top.

    Already got a replacement Panasonic for even less than I paid Tesco.

    • xcalx says:

      Great result. Have heard Costco have a really good guarantee policy also.

      • Jonathan says:

        Costco returns policy is/has changed to 2 years because people kept returning old tech for a full refund just so they could upgrade to the latest.

    • Lady London says:

      Lucky you.
      And you got it from Tesco when Tesco Direct was going. Lucky you.

  • Antonio says:

    Anyone ever had their Amex offers dry up? I haven’t had a new one in months, and I use the cards all the time.

    • Harry T says:

      I get loads of them on BAPP and Platinum. Don’t use Platinum much but all spend goes through BAPP.

    • meta says:

      Happens often. Need to open new online accounts for each of your cards. I’d keep all cards separate, but some people suggested that’s not necessary. You could always complain to Amex, the more people complain the better as it will give them an incentive to fix this IT issue.

    • Sina says:

      I have the same issue on 6 cards of mine and 4 of my wifes! I have complained and its been 2 weeks with no update from amex! its been like that since April!

  • AndyW says:

    I think I read before that Morrison’s sell John Lewis vouchers, is that right? I have 10% off so it’s become worthwhile if they do

    • aDifferentSimon says:

      they do indeed. seem to get quickly cleared out of the Wimbledon branch when the amex offers are on though 🙁

    • Harry T says:

      Spending them at Waitrose?

      • Matt says:

        Yes they do but it’s a bit of a pain because you can’t simply pick up say £1000 worth (20 x £50 gift cards). They have to do them all separately or at least that’s what happened to me. It’s a computer says no thing to prevent scamming.

        • Doug M says:

          My experience at Morrisons is that if you go to a staff operated till they can do them without issue. If you go to the Kiosk till bit they can only do one at a time, but supervisor if not busy chatting to friends can over-ride. If you go to the self check-out you can do them but they don’t weigh enough and the old place item basket loop kicks off, staff intervention only works for that one and the next one, so if you have a handful you’ll waste a lot of time if it’s busy.
          The vouchers they have the values varies a lot, this morning I could only get £25 JLP, £20 Amazon and £50 M&S ones which means a lot of scanning and associated receipts, which you should keep until you know they activated properly.

          • Bonglim says:

            My experience was varied.
            First time – spoke to someone in a suit looking important to ask if there was a limit (floor manager or something) he said no, but he needed to approve it at the till. Picked up 30 John Lewis 50 pound vouchers, and he put them through 15 at a time. I think he just got cold feet after 15.

            Ever since then they have insisted on doing it one or two at a time.
            Still got them – but Christmas coming up.

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