ba.com has a range of wine, beer, champagne and spirits redemptions available, if you have more Avios than you can realistically use for flights.
At the high end, you can redeem 146,100 Avios for six bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée champagne.
That said, I thought a more interesting one was spending 24,100 Avios for a pack of three different NV champagnes – Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot and Laurent Perrier.
Whilst prices for these brands move around a lot, you seem to be getting around 0.55p – 0.6p per Avios. A single bottle of 2008 Dom Perignon, for example, is £130-£140 at retail vs 23,900 Avios.
This isn’t great. I would want to be getting double that for a flight redemption if possible.
However, at the moment, there is a special offer.
Via this page (scroll down to ‘Wine’ and log in), ba.com is offering a 25% discount on 10 packages. Here is what you can get:
- Avios Prosecco Six (was 12,300 Avios / now 9,200 Avios)
- Monkey Shoulder Whisky (was 6,200 Avios / now 4,600 Avios)
- Warming Reds Dozen (was 17,600 Avios / now 13,200 Avios)
- Malbec Mix Six (was 12,000 Avios / now 9,000 Avios)
- Refreshing Whites Dozen (was 16,400 Avios / now 12,300 Avios)
- British Beer Case (was 8,800 Avios / now 6,600 Avios)
- Sipsmith London Dry Gin (was 6,600 Avios / now 4,900 Avios)
- Gorgeous Roses Six (was 9,400 Avios / now 7,000 Avios)
- Craft Beer (was 5,600 Avios / now 4,200 Avios)
- Merlot Mix Dozen (was 18,300 Avios / now 13,700 Avios)
All orders are fulfilled by Laithwaites. Prices include delivery (UK addresses only).
Even with a 25% discount on the usual number of Avios required, this is not going to be a great value redemption. However, if you have an Avios account – perhaps with a family member – with a small balance then this is a decent way of using it up.
The 25% discount applies to orders placed by 5th December. The page to order is here.
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:
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.
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.