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.
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.
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 www.spectator.co.uk 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 from UK credit cards (October 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
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.)