British Airways has launched another ‘buy Avios’ bonus promotion.
Until 11th April you will receive 50% bonus Avios when you buy or gift points.
Whilst this isn’t as good as the 75% offer we saw last year, I would be very surprised if we saw another deal as good as that one. BA had never done anything as aggressive in the past and was desperate to get some money in the door. 50% is as good as you can expect.
There is no minimum purchase. The bonus kicks in with the smallest 1,000 Avios transaction. You need to visit ba.com via this page in order to buy.
British Airways has increased the number of Avios you can buy under this deal – the cap is now 200,000 points per year. This means that, with the bonus, you will receive 300,000 Avios for a whopping £3,215.
This is not necessarily a great idea as the best value is generally obtained by buying a small number of Avios to top off your account. If you saw me on BBC1’s Rip Off Britain (you can watch the segment here, it is only 3 minutes long) you will know that one of the members of the public I tried to help had bought 100,000 Avios for £1,600 without fully understand the restrictions behind them.
What does it cost?
In general, you will pay around 1.1p per Avios under this offer. Based on my spreadsheet of the last 8.2 million Avios I redeemed, I got 1.13p of value. This is using very conservative valuations for the flights booked, eg I value a Business Class flight to Dubai at £1,500 because even if BA isn’t charging that there is usually a deal with a secondary airline.
I am not a buyer at 1.1p. However, as my core article on ‘What is an Avios worth?’ shows, it is easy to get a lot more than 1.1p. My valuation is low because I do a lot of Gold Priority Rewards (using double Avios to force open a seat, mainly due to school holiday restrictions) and don’t always have a BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher to use. I also tend to use Avios irrespective of the value, because I am sitting on a lot of them. If you are strategic you should do far better than me.
If you want to learn more about how to spend your Avios most efficiently, read our beginner’s guide to redeeming Avios points here.
This HfP article from our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series shows you which is the cheapest way to buy Avios points from all of the options available. You can learn how to save Avios with the British Airways companion voucher in this article.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)
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.
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.