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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.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (11)

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  • 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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