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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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  • Wally1976 says:

    Last night I tried changing the credit card on our online Morrisons grocery order for tomorrow from the BAPP card (which doesn’t have the offer) to both the 2 cards that we have with the 10% offer and both cards failed authorisation for some unknown reason. Changed it back to the BAPP card and it worked fine. I’ll try again later today.

  • Mikeact says:

    From today’s Mail. Might be of interest to someone.


  • Phil says:

    Slightly off topic….. I received my 15,000 Virgin points yesterday for switching bank accounts but how do I get the free 500 bonus points for first using the app?

    Will they send me a new code soon?

    Also is the app slow to track? I used it to shop at Argos last weekend and nothing is showing.

  • Olly says:

    I haven’t had any of these offers on my Platinum but sometimes they list later inn my account. A word about the Morrisons offer, which I did get last time and used it to go down the route of gift card hoping to buy Amazon. Morrisons had pulled their Amazon gift card due to the issues mentioned of them not being set up properly causing lots of hassle for customers. Instead I went for part Morrisons, part One4all, the latter I would not recommend as I find the terms and conditions quite prescriptive when it comes to online purchase to get the full value from them. I chose Once4all did tho their bigger acceptance footprint but until I can go in to a shop too is then I won’t bother again.

  • r* says:

    I dont currently have an airtime rewards acct but yesterday posts suggested that there is a morrisons discount on there too, if so does that mean its possible to stack the amex, virgin and airtime rewards discounts for up to 30% off? And that works on giftcards?

    • MD says:

      Unfortunately Airtime Rewards don’t accept Amex. You can only use AR for your Visa and MCs.

      • Andrew says:

        True, but why use an Amex 10% offer that can’t be stacked with Airtime, PAW, or Virgin Red when there’s you could use an MBNA 15% offer, Santander 15% offer or Virgin Money 10% offer that can?

    • ChrisC says:

      Don’t rely on getting the morrisons offer.

      I’ve had airtime for a couple of months and nada for morrisons.

  • Mike says:

    Got mine, and I only transferred a 1000

  • Reney says:

    I also had a terrible experience with buying Amazon gift card last time. Too scarred to try again.

    Can anyone tell me if I buy itunes gift card, redeem it on my apple account will my monthly icloud payment come off the gift card balance? Or will they carry on charging card on file? Basically do they deduct gift card balance before charging your card for regular subscriptions. Thx

  • Harry T says:

    Has anyone managed to stack Virgin flying club, airtime rewards and PAW at Morrison’s, or do they cancel each other out?

    I have 6 points per pound with VFC, 10% back with airtime rewards, and 10 Wow points per pound with PAW. Would be a nice stack but if it won’t work, I’ll stick with 10% off with Amex plus the six BFC points per pound.

    • Reney says:

      +1 interested to know but saw early comment from someone suggest maybe?

      do you have the virgin credit card? I have 10% back for spending over £30 on my virgin card. But no flight club points.

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