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Your 500 Avios from Nectar should have posted

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If you took part in the Avios / Nectar launch promotion, take a look at your British Airways Executive Club account.

Avios was offering a bonus of 500 points if you transferred 1,600 Nectar points into Avios. These have now arrived, at least for me.

You will NOT receive the bonus if you moved 1,000 Avios to Nectar and immediately moved them back again. I’m surprised to see that BA’s IT was up to spotting that, but it did.

Nectar Avios light

Triggering this bonus also triggered double base Nectar points on your shopping at Sainsbury’s up to 19th April. These points are not meant to arrive until 28 days after the end of the offer, so you should expect them in mid May.

If you are not up to speed with the new Avios / Nectar partnership, we have created a new HfP category for the articles. You can see them all by clicking here or by selecting ‘Sainsbury’s and Nectar’ from the categories menu which appears on every article page in the right-hand sidebar on the desktop site.

Core reference articles include:

Online transfers between Avios and Nectar remain suspended whilst site security, including 2FA, is beefed up.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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.

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

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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 sign-up 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 (100)

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  • Roselin says:

    None of the offers you listed has posted for me unfortunately! Maybe ordered from laithwaites one too many!

  • Stu says:

    My Amex offers are a mixture of the same staid and totally inappropriate to me merchants that have been popping up on and off for the past 18+ months. The only offer I’ve been able to make use of in that time is ‘shop small’ and even then to a only limited extent.

    I wonder if spending circa £40K annually on my card is driving the offers away on the basis I’m spending anyway so they don’t need to motivate me to spend?

    • Andrew says:

      The offers are basically marketing by those companies to try and get you to spend with them, not Amex trying to motivate you to generally spend, so your overall spending wouldn’t affect the offers.

  • Ian says:

    No Laithwaites for my wife or I. As we have used them in the past every time they were offered surprised not there today

  • Fede says:

    Moved Avios to nectar on the Sunday before the launch and then moved them back to Avios on the Monday and have got my bonus still.. since then I have haven’t moved any Avios back to nectar and spent lots of money at Sainsbury’s

  • Baresi says:

    No offers on my card 😢, but did receive the 500 bonus Avios ✌️

  • Stuart says:

    Did anyone take up the Disney annual subscription and if so, have your points posted? In the BA shopping portal I can see my visit was tracked but no points are showing

  • Nori says:

    No 500 Avios bonus showing on BA.
    Converted 5k Avios BA to Nectar on 24 Jan ( a day before the promo kicks in) and then 1,600 Nectar (1k Avios) to BA on 30 Jan.
    Maybe they’re incorrectly counting the 24th Jan as within the promo period. Not sure if it’s worth chasing them for 500 Avios.

    • Andrew says:

      Yes I think all of us that did this method didn’t get the 500. Guess their IT was better than we thought!

      • Nori says:

        Lol. Thanks Andrew. It was worth a try.
        I did get the a 1k Nectar “juicy points boost” just by clicking in the app a month ago so can’t complain really.

  • lumma says:

    On my Nectar account I’ve got a “Sainsbury’s Bank Double Pts Offer +146 points” showing.

    I’m guessing maybe due to the pet insurance as they’ve just taken the first payment

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