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Last day to get 500 bonus Avios from a Nectar conversion

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Today is the last day to pick up 500 Avios from the introductory bonus to launch the Nectar and Avios partnership.

Full details are on this page of

By midnight on Sunday, you need to link your British Airways Executive Club and Nectar accounts via this page, and convert 1,600 Nectar points.

Nectar Avios light

1,600 Nectar points gets you 1,000 Avios, which post immediately. Within the next month, you will receive an additional 500 Avios as a bonus.

Importantly, you only earn the Avios bonus if you have 1,600 Nectar points in the first place. You cannot earn the bonus by moving 1,000 Avios to Nectar, to create 1,600 Nectar points, and then immediately moving them back.

(Well, that’s what the rules say. If you’ve got 5 minutes to kill, you might want to try it anyway.)

There is a second part to the bonus. Once you have transferred 1,600 Nectar points to Avios, you will receive double base Nectar points on all Sainsbury’s shopping until 19th April. This means 2 Nectar points per £1 spent instead of 1 point.

The bonus base points will post in a lump sum in arrears, probably during May.

You find out more on here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (51)

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  • Cwyfan says:

    So does it mean that, as from tomorrow, we are able to transfer the opposite way without losing the bonus or do we have to wait for the 500 to actually arrive?

  • Mike says:

    Aren’t the quarantine rules applying to uk to jersey quite prohibitive for a holiday during 2021?

    • John says:

      They are obviously expecting the rules to be lifted by 28 May

      • Andrew says:

        Expecting maybe, highly unlikely however.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Very pessimistic. I don’t see why it’s highly unlikely by May.

          • BJ says:

            My reading of it is that we are all going to be guinea pigs in a massive experinent … lockdown or at least severe restrictions remain until about 2-3 weeks after the 9 priority groups get their second jab and then we are all let loose over the summer to see what happens. Date in question will be dependent on progress with second vaccines.

  • Andrew says:

    Last day for the eBay 6x nectar bonus too.

    • BJ says:

      Thanks. Missing ‘Dates for your diary’ here.

      • Rob says:

        It is still running for our own internal use but seemed a waste of an article to publish because it is quite short. I pick off the relevant ones for mentions like this.

        • BJ says:

          Figured as much but it means we are right at the eleventh hour. Would a good compromise that might work better just be a simple list as part of a bits article, that is a fraction of the detail that used to be in the original ‘Dates’.

  • Chrism20 says:

    Rob I’m pretty sure Loganair binned their Edinburgh to Jersey flights the other day when Easy reinstated their service for the summer.

  • BS says:

    Staycation means staying at home. Not staying somewhere else in your own country. And certainly not staying in a British crown dependency 500 miles away.

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      No it doesn’t. Staycation is going on holiday in UK, arguable whether Jersey included I suppose.

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        It’s a word that seemingly changed meaning last year. It originally meant those who stayed at home and explored their local area (places you could go for a day either driving or by public transport).

        I know people who holiday within the UK regularly that hate the implication that these are not proper holidays and just some novelty that is done during lockdown.

        But by any definition Jersey is not in the UK. It has its own rules regarding covid. Calling it a staycation will just make people think the same rules apply to going there as going to Cornwall.

  • Jules666 says:

    I have just linked my nectar card with ba. I cannot do the transfer as it says I have no redemption permission. I am now guessing that this card was originally taken out by my dad ( who never used it) who has passed away. What can I do ? I have £250 worth of points that I have collected!

    • Rob says:

      Odd. You can link any Nectar card to any BA account, no need to match email addresses or names.

    • Chrism20 says:

      Sounds like it was part of a twin pack of cards which was a regular thing back in the day with Nectar. When registering you set one up as the master where you could earn and redeem whilst the other could be set to collect only. Normally this can be sorted by contacting them.

      • James says:

        Incorrect, our double pack can each earn and redeem, separate sign ons and bonuses etc, but pooled total balance.

  • CarpalTravel says:

    For anyone having the same issue as me: When trying to link my Nectar to my Avios I was getting a variety of “Bad Gateway” type browser errors. This was using the latest version of Google Chrome. I (for the first time ever) used the MS Edge browser and that worked fine.

  • Coogan says:

    Anyone actually getting the 2 Nectar points per £1 spent instead of 1 point? I’ve had 4-5 shops since and still single rate.

    • Peter K says:

      Credited at the end of the period. It’s in the t&c’s.

    • Paul pogba says:

      I’m not sure if you have to opt in in the app, I saw it listed in the partner offers part of the app. I’ve not been to Sainsbury’s since I saved the offer to check if it’s made a difference.

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