The Nectar to Avios (and vice versa) transfer process is now live, as I explain here. If you have 1,600 Nectar points, move them across to Avios to bag the 500 Avios bonus.
In the meantime, I wanted to highlight a special offer with office supplies group Viking. The Viking website is here.
Whilst Nectar partners generally do not get too carried away with bonus point offers, this is typical of what we can expect to see going forward.
What is the Viking deal?
As you can see here, Viking is offering 2,000 bonus Nectar points with your first purchase of £30 + VAT after you add your Nectar number to your Viking account
With the exchange rate between Nectar and Avios of 1 : 0.625, these 2,000 Nectar points are worth 1,250 Avios. This is a decent return on £30 + VAT of spending.
As an office supplies group, Viking is an obvious place to pick up your next printer cartridge or similar. It also has a lot of ‘office use but usable domestically’ products, such as coffee capsules and bulk supplies of bottled water.
You need to register your Nectar account by 7th February. There is an implication that you can order later than this but it is not clear.
Viking also has discount codes
There are two other Viking offers at the moment:
- you save 10% on your first order worth £60 + VAT with code VGB-10NEWUK
- you can get a £5 discount code off your next order of £49 + VAT by signing up for the Viking newsletter
These offers cannot be combined. It isn’t clear if they combine with the ‘2,000 Nectar points’ offer as this does not require a promo code to be added.
How many Nectar points do I earn at Viking?
As we covered in our guide to earning Nectar points over the weekend, you earn 2 Nectar points (1.25 Avios) for every £1 of ex-VAT spend.
This doubles to 4 Nectar points per £1 on all own-brand products.
There are bonus point offers too
There are also bonus point offers which would combine with the Nectar offer and money-off deals above. Take a look here.
The current offers include deals on non-office products such as coffee, bottled water and toilet paper!
We won’t be covering every single Nectar promotion run by its core partners, don’t worry! However, I thought this Viking offer gave a good indication of how you could earn Avios from Nectar partners.
The registration deadline for linking your Nectar account to a Viking account to earn the extra 2,000 Nectar points is 7th February. The instructions are here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.