I get occasional emails from new readers to Head for Points asking if you can convert Nectar points into Avios.
As of this year, the answer is ‘yes’.
In January, Sainsbury’s became the official Avios supermarket partner. That means you can now freely convert your Nectar points into Avios and Avios into Nectar points.
What is the conversion rate between Nectar and Avios?
The conversion rate is:
- 250 Avios = 400 Nectar points
- 400 Nectar points = 250 Avios
Here is the key thing: there is no value loss in either direction. You can transfer your points as often as you want and you will still have the same amount you started with.
In theory, you could now keep your entire Avios balance with Nectar and just move the points across to Avios as you need them. There is no benefit to doing this, but you won’t lose out either.
How to convert Nectar points to Avios
You can convert Nectar points to Avios via the Nectar website here. You must convert a minimum of 400 points (£2). You can also set up your account to autoconvert Nectar points to Avios on a regular basis.
Converting Avios to Nectar points is a little harder. There will, eventually, be a way of instantly converting Avios to Nectar points and Nectar points to Avios online.
This functionality has currently been paused due security risks that were present in the original system. Nectar and Avios are currently working on a solution but in the meantime you can convert your points by phoning up: 0344 49 333 03 between 9 am – 5 pm (Monday to Friday).
Our review of the American Express Nectar credit card is here if you are interested in other ways of boosting your Nectar points.
PS. Until late 2017, you were able to use your Nectar points to book flights on easyJet. This has now been discontinued.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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How to get 30,000 Avios from Amex Gold or 60,000 Avios from Amex Platinum (September 2021 offer)
The sign-up bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold converts to 30,000 Avios and the card is free for the first year. You can apply here.
30,000 points is a special offer which ends on 9th November 2021. Find out more here:
You don’t qualify for the Amex Gold bonus if you have a British Airways American Express card. You DO qualify for the bonus on The Platinum Card, which converts into 60,000 Avios. You can apply here.
60,000 points on The Platinum Card is a special offer which ends on 2nd November 2021. Find out more here:
If you have your own small business, the best way of earning Avios is via the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa. It has a sign-up bonus which converts to 10,000 Avios:
You should also look at the British Airways Accelerating Business card, because it currently has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up. You can apply here.
You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.