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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 (January 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)

  • BJ says:

    Emesis-inducing avios … save your cash and buy them cheaper in a sale for 1.1p or less.

  • Trevor Gardiner says:

    I took the other offer. 12 weeks for £12.99 and a free bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label. Cancel at week 10 I think.

  • Cwyfan says:

    If you pay by BA amex, it is effectively 1p per avios.

  • Paul says:

    I am all for good value avios but draw the line at the Spectator – it is a toxic rag.

  • insider says:

    the title reads 12500 avios for 1.2p…I was getting excited for a minute but couldn’t work out how to pay 0.2p

    • @mkcol says:

      I was hoping that having clicked through from the email the title would have been amended.

  • Ronald Jeremy says:

    Perforate it and put it on a roll….after taking the 12500 Avios of course.

  • AndyC says:

    Rob, in your conclusion, you state this is an ‘easy’ way to pick up the Avios, but you don’t mention whether it’s good value (don’t you normally, for instance, say you dislike paying more than around 1p per Avios?). Interested to know your view, whether or not the intrinsic value of having the Spectator thrown in to the equation makes any difference.

    • Genghis says:

      How much would you otherwise pay to have the Spectator? Take that from the cost, divide by how many avios you get, and if it’s greater than you’re buy price, then bad deal, otherwise good deal?

    • ChrisC says:

      Some people would think this is a good deal to get the spectator with some bonus avios on the side

      others that this is a good way to buy avios with the bonus of the spectator on the side.

      Rob has written plenty of times – including TODAY – on how much an avios is worth to him. Your valuation may differ.

      I’m not in the market to buy avios but it’s pretty easy to calculate their cost buying them normally and when there is a bonus offer (like there is that ends today)

      • Rob says:

        Yes, there is a limit on the numbers of times you can rehash this!

        I’m not a buyer at 1.2p (let’s ignore the value of the magazine) but that’s because I am sitting on a lot of them and, because we do a lot of Gold Priority Rewards and only use a 241 occasionally, my valuation is low. If you ALWAYS use your Avios for a 241 on a long haul route in Club your valuation will be a lot higher.

        If you live in Newcastle and are trading off a direct LCC flight to Europe vs connecting in Heathrow on BA using Avios, you’re probably valuing them low. If you commute from Newcastle to London every Monday and Friday and can use Avios to save on the very high cost of those Mon AM / Fri PM flights then you will value them high. Etc etc.

    • callum says:

      Surely you should be valuing things yourself? Unless you’re blindly copying whatever Rob buys, your personal valuation is going to be completely different – I know mine are!

      • AndyC says:

        That’s as maybe, but Rob generally supplies a good ‘yardstick’ when it comes to valuing Avios. Just saying…

  • vol says:

    OT – Morning all

    I’m trying to transfer Avios from Iberia to BA, but I’m not having much luck – it used to be some obscure link text under the “Transfer Avios” tab, but now that’s disappeared – has this process now changed?

    Thanks in advance