News in brief:
Last day for the 40%-50% buy Avios bonus
Today (Monday) is the last day for the current ‘buy Avios’ bonus promotion. This is being marketed as a ‘mystery’ bonus, so everyone does not get the same. This makes it a little tricky to write about but we will try!
To reveal your mystery bonus you need to log in here.
Depending on what popped up, you will receive 40% to 50% bonus when you buy Avios.
50% is as good as you can reasonably expect with ‘buy Avios’ deals. If you are offered 40% or 45% then you might benefit from waiting until next time unless you are planning to book soon.
There is no minimum purchase. The bonus kicks in with the smallest 1,000 Avios transaction. You need to visit ba.com via this page in order to buy.
In general, you will pay as little as 1.07p per Avios under this offer if you are offered 50%. Based on my spreadsheet of the last 8.2 million Avios I redeemed, I got 1.13p of value. This is using very conservative valuations for the flights booked, eg I value a Business Class flight to Dubai at £1,500 because even if BA isn’t charging that there is usually a deal with a secondary airline.
If you are offered a 40% bonus then you are paying as little as 1.15p. This is less of a deal although, of course, it may still work for you. For small amounts up to 12,500 Avios, it would be cheaper to buy Avios for 1.2p by buying a subscription to The Spectator (click) – you pay almost the same but get 52 magazines on top!
The link to buy is here. Check out the size of your bonus and then decide if it is worth jumping in.
Win a unique aviation prize in the PilotsTogether raffle
PilotsTogether is a new charity formed to help pilots and trainee pilots who have lost their jobs – or hope of a future job – with the collapse of the aviation market. It provides career, mental health and financial assistance.
Whilst pilots are not a group that you may automatically see as needing charitable help, the £100,000+ cost of pilot training means that many find themselves in a difficult position, either financially or mentally.
PilotsTogether is currently running four raffles to raise funds. Any aviation enthusiast would love any of the top prizes, including Boeing 747 and A380 simulator experiences and visits to NATS and the control tower at London Heathrow.
You can find out more about the raffle, and buy tickets, on their website here.