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Get up to 12,500 Avios for 1.2p with a subscription to The Spectator

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Last Autumn, Avios launched a new partnership with The Spectator magazine. There is a VERY generous incentive available if you sign up for a subscription.

You can check out the deal here.

Spectator Avios offer

What is The Spectator?

If you’ve never read The Spectator, it is a weekly news and reviews magazine with a high-end and right-wing slant (Boris Johnson was once editor).

Even if you don’t agree with the political slant, the reviews and columns in the back half are generally a good read. It is printed on very light paper and is the perfect thing to read whilst travelling – shove it in your laptop bag and it keeps you busy for a short flight.

Of course …. you may find the Avios deal attractive even if you don’t like the magazine.

What is the Avios deal?

As you can see here, there are four options:

  • Digital subscription for 6 months – £59.50 and earn 5,000 Avios
  • Digital subscription for 12 months – £119 and earn 10,000 Avios
  • Print & digital subscription for 6 months – £79.50 earn earn 6,250 Avios
  • Print & digital subscription for 12 months – £159 earn earn 12,500 Avios

The digital subscriptions work out at 1.19p per Avios. The print and digital combos are marginally more expensive at 1.27p per Avios.

When do you receive your Avios?

The rules says that you will receive your Avios within two weeks of taking out your subscription. This is presumably as soon as the 14-day refund period expires.

Spectator Magazine Avios offer

Am I signing up for a recurring payment?

It isn’t clear. You can only pay by credit card or PayPal – there is no direct debit option. It doesn’t say anywhere that you will be setting up a recurring payment.

In any event, it seems easy enough to cancel. The magazine FAQ say:

“For some subscriptions, you can set your subscription to cancel on expiry from within your account section. To do so, go to to log in and then click on the account tab in the top right corner. Under the ‘my account’ section, click on the ‘subscriptions’ tab. Click on the ‘manage’ link, and then switch the auto-renew toggle off. Once the auto-renew toggle has been turned off, you will be able to see the date by which your current subscription will end. No further payment will be charged. If this option is not available for your subscription you can contact our customer service team to cancel your subscription.”


This is an easy way to pick up between 5,000 and 12,500 Avios for around 1.2p per point.

Even better, you should have the points in your British Airways account after two weeks.

You can find out more, and sign up, on this special page of The Spectator website.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (11)

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  • John says:

    Can confirm that if you uncheck the box on the My account section of the website, they don’t attempt to collect further payments.

    After a few weeks you then get offered discount renewals (including the current £12 for 12 weeks plus free bottle of gin deal).

  • Robert says:

    Doesn’t the Economist 18,000 Avios deal normally kick in around this time of year as well?

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      Am still waiting for the avios from the previous deal

    • gk says:

      economist subscription is half price at the moment for digital only. provided they put the price back up to original you’ll be paying more than 2 pence an avios

      • Dominic says:

        Canada subscription is there for the taking.

      • Robert says:

        Happy to pay £215 for print and digital, as long as there’s an 18k Avios sweetener

  • AJA says:

    I do wish these subscriptions wouldn’t set the default to auto renew. You should be given the option to allow auto renewal rather than having to opt out.

    • Tim says:

      Agree 100%. There should be a simple domestic regulation: allow cancellation via the same method as subscription. Want to allow sign ups via the internet? You must allow cancellation via the internet. Want to only allow telephone cancellation? Then only allow sign ups via telephone.

  • mutley says:

    Mine did not auto default, I did the last Economist print and digital Avios deal that’s just finished after a year. Let’s hope it returns.

  • Tim says:

    I signed up for the £119 subscription but have only received 5,000 avios….will need to chase it up with the Spectator which is annoying.

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