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British Airways is currently running another ‘buy Avios’ bonus promotion.  We mentioned this in passing over Christmas but I thought it was worth covering again as it ran at a very quiet time.

In conjunction with the current British Airways sale, which runs to 30th January, British Airways is running four additional offers.  Before I get onto the ‘buy Avios’ deal, I want to run over the other three again quickly:

Offer 1:  Get better value on certain routes using Avios part payment

You get improved redemption rates when you buy a cash ticket in the BA sale and use Avios to reduce the cost.  However, it is only valid on San Diego, Boston, New York City, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Kuala Lumpur, Bahamas, and San Jose (Costa Rica) and only in World Traveller.  It is good value if you only redeem a small number of Avios, as 1600 points will get you a £20 discount.

Offer 2:  Get an extra 15% off hotels when booked with Avios

If you use your Avios to book a hotel, paying either wholly or partly with Avios, you save 15% on the standard rate.  It is only valid for selected destinations.  The current list is Cape Town, Nice, Dublin and San Francisco.

The best way to benefit from this deal is to select just 1,000 Avios at check-out and pay the rest in cash.  You will still get a 15% discount on the usual cash price.  Remember, however, that these are ‘third party bookings’ which do not earn hotel loyalty points and you will not get any hotel elite status benefits.

Offer 3:  Get up to 3,500 Avios back when using Avios to pay for car hire

Use your Avios to pay for an Avis or Budget car rental and you will be emailed a voucher worth up to 3,500 Avios.  You need to spend 10,000 to 20,000 Avios to receive a voucher for 1,500 Avios, or over 20,000 Avios to receive a voucher for 3,500 Avios back.   Your rental needs to be completed by 30th June

It isn’t the greatest deal ever.  At the very best (ie you spend exactly 20,000 points) you are only getting a rebate of 17.5% and the ‘pence per Avios’ value is likely to be around 0.66p.

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Offer 4:  Get a 30% bonus when you buy Avios

I want to spend a little more time on this one, as it is the one most relevant to most readers.

You will get a 30% bonus when you buy or gift Avios at this page of by 30th January.

Here is some typical pricing:

5,000 Avios + 1,500 bonus = £95 (1.46p)

20,000 Avios + 6,000 bonus = £335 (1.29p)

50,000 Avios + 15,000 bonus = £815 (1.25p)

The cap is:

200,000 Avios + 60,000 bonus = £3,215 (1.24p)

This is not the best deal we have seen in the past six months.  If you do not need the Avios immediately, I wouldn’t be surprised if another offer for a 50% bonus comes along in the medium term.  The other cheap options – via Groupon Ireland or Groupon Spain – are not available at the moment either.

However, if you are looking to redeem in the short term then this deal is clearly better than nothing.

In general, you will pay around 1.25p per Avios under this offer.  Based on my spreadsheet of the last 7 million Avios I redeemed, I got 1.15p of value.  This is using very conservative valuations for the flights booked, eg I value a Business Class flight to Dubai at £1,500 at peak times because even if BA isn’t charging that there is usually a deal with a secondary airline.

However, as my core article on ‘What is an Avios worth?’ shows, it is easy to get a lot more than 1.25p.  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 will do far better than me.

This HfP article from our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series shows you which is the cheapest way to buy Avios points from all of the options available.

The link to buy is here.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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 and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (11)

  • Gordon Chalker says:

    As to the comment on a better avios promotion, Judging by the 2019 avios sales there will be a couple coming during the spring and summer/Autumn months with 50% bonus ?

  • RussellH says:

    OT but Avios

    Avios from my BA Amex were withdrawn from my card a/c last Monday morning, but still no sign of them in my BAEC a/c.
    Anyone else seeing this?

  • Gordon Chalker says:

    Same here not sure what’s happening ?

    • Dev says:

      On the topic of Avios, previously some HFPers had posted comments regarding the extra 1 Avios per £4 spend last December not having been posted to their BAPP / BAEC accounts. I had replied to say that I hadn’t seen those appearing and also the 1000 Avios for £100 spend with BA hadn’t appeared.

      They have finally shown up during the last few days in my online BAPP account. All correctly posted, line by line for each corresponding spend transaction that qualified.

  • Kevin says:

    Just wondering if purchase Avios via BA cc would it count towards the threshold spend and trigger the voucher?

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