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Get up to 12,500 Avios for 1.2p with a subscription to The Spectator

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Avios has launched a new partnership with The Spectator magazine. There is a VERY generous incentive available if you sign up for a subscription.

You can check out the deal here.

Spectator Avios offer

What is The Spectator?

If you’ve never read The Spectator, it is a weekly news and reviews magazine with a high-end and right-wing slant (Boris Johnson was once editor).

Even if you don’t agree with the political slant, the reviews and columns in the back half are generally a good read. It is printed on very light paper and is the perfect thing to read whilst travelling – shove it in your laptop bag and it keeps you busy for a short flight.

Of course …. you may find the Avios deal attractive even if you don’t like the magazine.

What is the Avios deal?

As you can see here, there are four options:

  • Digital subscription for 6 months – £59.50 and earn 5,000 Avios
  • Digital subscription for 12 months – £119 and earn 10,000 Avios
  • Print & digital subscription for 6 months – £79.50 earn earn 6,250 Avios
  • Print & digital subscription for 12 months – £159 earn earn 12,500 Avios

The digital subscriptions work out at 1.19p per Avios. The print and digital combos are marginally more expensive at 1.27p per Avios.

When do you receive your Avios?

The rules says that you will receive your Avios within two weeks of taking out your subscription. This is presumably as soon as the 14-day refund period expires.

Spectator Magazine Avios offer

Am I signing up for a recurring payment?

It isn’t clear. You can only pay by credit card or PayPal – there is no direct debit option. It doesn’t say anywhere that you will be setting up a recurring payment.

In any event, it seems easy enough to cancel. The magazine FAQ say:

“For some subscriptions, you can set your subscription to cancel on expiry from within your account section. To do so, go to to log in and then click on the account tab in the top right corner. Under the ‘my account’ section, click on the ‘subscriptions’ tab. Click on the ‘manage’ link, and then switch the auto-renew toggle off. Once the auto-renew toggle has been turned off, you will be able to see the date by which your current subscription will end. No further payment will be charged. If this option is not available for your subscription you can contact our customer service team to cancel your subscription.”


This is an easy way to pick up between 5,000 and 12,500 Avios for around 1.2p per point.

Even better, you should have the points in your British Airways account after two weeks.

You can find out more, and sign up, on this special page of The Spectator website.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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 – 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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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 (42)

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    In old journalistic days, used to read both the Guardian and the Telegraph.

    More opinions you get, the better an idea you have.

    Does the Morning Star have any Avios deals?

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Exactly this. I quite like Flipboard (news aggregator app) as I’ll often end up reading both sides view on something. E.G. CNN or NYTs view on whatever Trump has done vs Fox News and the like’s slant on an identical set of facts is entertainment in itself and a good reminder how much journalism is speculation/opinion and how little is hard fact.

      • Rob says:

        We are on Flipboard – it’s the only way to get HfP content only for specific airlines or hotel schemes because we have separate ‘magazines’ coving BA, Virgin, Hilton, IHG etc, as well as the ‘everything’ HfP magazine.

  • A says:

    Bad deal in my opinion, the spectator is imho worthless anti-news and 1.2p is arguably too much for an avios. Appreciate deals are thin on the ground but please try harder….

    • Peter Stewart says:

      Why isn’t there a like button!? I was trying to find it for this comment 😂

      • Peter Stewart says:

        Just re-read. I’m not joining in with the try harder sentiment, but just the anti-news news aspect. It’s all “Orange man bad” on repeat. Boring and worthless.
        I just read the spectator in … worthless anti-news and wanted to hit a like button, because someone finally said it!

    • DAZ says:

      Anti news? What actually does it say that is anti news? I happy with most publications having a slant or bias, but anti news?

      • Peter Stewart says:

        Yer, I might have been a bit hasty, and had a different publication in mind. And put comment on the internet that i can’t delete, that has my picutre and real name attached to it, yay. I actually have no prior knowledge of the spectator. At least people on the internet are well known for being forgiving when mistkes like this are made…. Ha, could’ve been worse I guess :-/ (This site isn’t a bad place to make a mistake like that in fairness thankfully)

        As for anti news, I think it’s just hyperbolic rather than literal. The publications that slant towards the other team are anti news to some.

  • Dominic says:

    I don’t mind the Spectator as a magazine, but this isn’t an offer to bite on, in my opinion. Regularly get offers for a very low price (I’m currently on £4.95 for 12 weeks and a free mug – no, I couldn’t resist the cartoon Biden and Trump!).

  • Lady London says:

    If Private Eye ever makes an offer I would want to know

  • Hanif says:

    Question if I may;
    Do things like this come up for Virgin Points? – Thanks

  • Doog1000 says:

    Any idea how long this offer will run for?

    • Rob says:

      Avios told me it is a long term partnership, so it won’t disappear for good next week. It might, potentially, be like the Economist and come and go with different offers.

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