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You can now link your Nectar and Avios accounts – this is what you need to do

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The Sainsbury’s and British Airways partnership is now up and running.

You can read our coverage of the Nectar and Avios partnership launch here. Our guide to earning Nectar points is here and our guide to spending Nectar points is here.

How can I transfer points between Avios and Nectar?

The website to link your Nectar and British Airways Executive Club accounts is now live.

On ba.com you should go to this page.

The screenshots below are from the Nectar site.

How do you earn your 500 bonus Avios and double Nectar points?

This is how the offer works.

You will receive 500 bonus Avios when you transfer 1,600 Nectar points into 1,000 Avios between 25th January and 14th February.

Once you have done this, you also qualify to receive double Nectar base points on all of your Sainsbury’s shopping up to 19th April.

For absolute clarity, you will NOT receive double Nectar base points on your shopping until you have made a transfer from Nectar into Avios.

Note that:

  • the 1,600 Nectar points must be transferred into your Avios account in one go
  • transfers of less than 1,600 Nectar points into Avios will NOT qualify you to earn double points on your Sainsbury’s shopping
  • you do not receive the bonus if you transfer 1,000 Avios into 1,600 Nectar points and then reverse the transaction
  • the 500 bonus Avios may take 28 days to arrive

Linking your accounts is very easy

Click on this page of the British Airways site.

Once you have provided logged in to both accounts, you’re done. It is very easy.

You will see both your balances together:

Once linked, you can make a transfer.

The minimum transfer out of Avios is 250 Avios, which converts to 400 Nectar points. Transfers must be in chunks of 250 Avios.

The minimum transfer out of Nectar is 400 Nectar points, which converts to 250 Avios. Transfers must be in chunks of 400 Nectar points.

Transfers are instantaneous, which is good news.

Do both accounts need to be in my name?

No.

You can link accounts in different surnames together.

I tried linking my Avios account to a Nectar account in a different name to mine and it worked fine.

This would represent a way of transferring Avios for free between two people by linking and unlinking different Nectar accounts – but be careful.

However, you cannot link and unlink an Avios or Nectar account more than four times in a calendar year. Once you have done this, you cannot link the Nectar card back to ANY Avios account, even one to which it has been previously linked. There is a risk that you end up with a Nectar account which cannot be linked to an Avios account again until 1st January 2022.

Auto-conversion is also possible

You can arrange a weekly conversion of your Avios to Nectar points or Nectar points to Avios.

Once activated:

…… a transfer will take place weekly as long as your Avios balance is above 250 or your Nectar balance is above 400. You can choose which direction to auto-convert.

The ‘cap’ figures shown above – 40,000 Nectar points or 25,000 Avios – are the maximum that can be auto-converted per quarter.

There is a cap on what you can transfer

At no point during the launch of this partnership were we told that there was a cap on the number of points you can transfer. It wasn’t in any of the press information and it wasn’t discussed with me verbally.

There is a cap, however. That said, it is not a huge one.

You are restricted to converting a maximum of 80,000 Nectar points or 50,000 Avios per month via manual conversions.

This is not, I admit, a huge restriction although it will disappoint those who immediately planned to turn 1 million unspendable Avios into eBay, Argos or Sainsbury’s credit.

It appears that the 50,000 Avios per month cap on manual conversions is separate to the 25,000 Avios per QUARTER cap on auto-conversion transfers. This means that the average monthly cap out of Avios is actually 58,333 Avios.

As we are close to the end of the month, anyone looking to move as many Avios as possible should ensure that they use up their January allowance ASAP. You will then be able to move a further 50,000 Avios on 1st February.

If you are part of a British Airways Household Account, you can only transfer your own personal Avios. Other members of your Household Account will need to set up their own Nectar accounts.

To find out more

Go to ba.com here and link your accounts. You can make your first transfer immediately and the points will go across instantly.

Comments (234)

  • Simon J says:

    Just converted some avios. Monthly limit is 50,000 avios

  • meta says:

    « The manual and automatic points conversion caps are independent of one another. »

    This T&C clause is right after the clause about caps, so I think you can do both.

  • Track says:

    Early bird eats the worm.

    Equally, any transfers from BA to Nectar PRIOR to 25 JAN, should NOT count / NOT affect the promotion.

    • jil says:

      what’s the bonus of transfering from avious to nectar?

      • AJA says:

        I think the bonus is that you can effectively convert Avios to cash (via nectar points) to spend in Argos or Sainsbury’s or eBay. Also I think it counts as spending Avios so should reset the 3 year expiry limit on Avios.

    • Andrew says:

      Transferring today means you will have 1600 nectar points by the start of the promotional period and therefore can transfer 1600 nectar to Avios tomorrow morning and wait for the 500 bonus Avios but you can’t transfer any Avios back to nectar before 28 days after the end of the promotional period.

  • Andrew says:

    You can make a transfer today if you’re moving Avios to Nectar as that’s independent of the bonus. I’ve just moved some across, requested an eBay voucher and spent it already. Good to have a use for all my Avios finally!

    • kitten says:

      If you need to travel at short notice though, avios are still really good to have particularly now and I think this will be the case in the future.

      So I would always retain enough avios for my key route in case this was necessary and close-in priced sky-high. There are often extra avios seats that pop up a very short time ahead of a flight.

  • Stanley says:

    “Eligible participants will only receive the double Nectar points if, at the end of The Bonus Avios Qualifying period, the qualifying transaction has not been reversed”. So if you want the double points offer till Mid April, do not send any Avios back to Nectar……

    • Mark says:

      Well since sending avios to nectar today isn’t reversing anything, I don’t see how this is an issue?

      • Stanley says:

        Sure. But plenty of Sainsbury’s shoppers who send Avios tomorrow morning won’t be getting double points for the next 3 months.

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      I love these conditions hidden in the small print.

  • The real John says:

    Anyone discovered what the minimum details that need to match for the link to work?

    • Stanley says:

      u just need the log in details of both accounts. Says you can link friends and/or family accounts, and can change the linked account up to 4 times a year…….

      • HH says:

        Is this confirmed that it doesn’t have to be the same name? I’d love to link my mother’s Nectar card to my Avios account, and use her healthy Nectar balance to trigger a transfer bonus for me now… Then down the line link it to her own Avios instead to move out a small balance she has expiring soon.

        • MattB says:

          Just linked my wife’s account, her nectar is in her married name, BA in her maiden name (still her legal name) and no issues.

      • The real John says:

        You are right, I am surprised that they are allowing this… some enterprising chaps will probably set up some buying/selling system for people who have nothing to buy from Argos and don’t travel.

  • LewisB says:

    Fantastic! I just transferred 10,000 avios across and bought some stuff on eBay with a £65 voucher. As the promotion starts tomorrow I’ll have enough Nectar points to transfer 1600 across tomorrow for the bonus 500 and double points. Great start to the partnership!

  • Andrew says:

    Quote:- “It is also not clear if the 50,000 Avios per month cap on manual conversions is separate to the 25,000 Avios per QUARTER cap on auto-conversion transfers.”

    “Quarter” has a definitive legal term. If I change my address from here in England to my parents in Scotland will that mean I can potentially take advantage of the different Quarter periods?

    Scottish Quarters start 28 February, 28 May, 28 August and 28 November.
    English Quarter start March 25, June 24, September 29 and December 25

    • Stanley says:

      Grow up.

    • Dr C says:

      “It appears that the 50,000 Avios per month cap on manual conversions is separate to the 25,000 Avios per QUARTER cap on auto-conversion transfers. ”

      Well it has to be otherwise you’d never be able to do 50k if the limit was 25k

    • Genghis says:

      Isn’t that the definition of “quarter days” not “quarters”?

      • Andrew says:

        That’s the point. Each of the Quarters start on those days.

        Even now, a considerable volume of commercial leases still run to traditional English (or Scottish) Quarters.

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